Vince is the TV watcher. If it were up to me, we wouldn’t have one and, we do only have one. Because we don’t have cable, and watch whatever we watch through the internet, he uses two or three remotes – one for Roku, one for the TV, and I think there’s actually a third one for something. When Vince starts to go to bed, he turns off the TV because I don’t have a clue how to do it, nor do I want to know how.
Last night Vince was ready for bed. He turned the TV off and went to put drops in Rita’s eyes and the TV came back on. He thought Rita had stepped on the remote so he turned it off again, picked Rita up and the TV came back on again. He put Rita down, went closer to the light, looked at the buttons on the remote, turned it off again and started towards the bedroom. The TV came back on again. Vince can get pretty colorful with his language and by the third time he turned it off and it came back on .. he’d had enough. I was trying so hard not to laugh. I knew he was tired and was not in the mood for the TV gremlins nor would he have appreciated my laughing.
This is the fourth time. He walked over to the TV, stood 2″ from it, turned it off and went to bed. I followed him to bed and when we turned off the lights, we realized the TV was back on again.
Vince: Just leave the darned thing on!
Me: No! That’s wasting electricity. Unplug it.
Vince: Do you know how much trouble it is to get it all re-started after it’s been unplugged?
Me: We could probably live without TV!
He got up, unplugged it and came back to bed. At some point during the night, he woke up and realized he had probably set his laptop down on top of the Roku remote so he got out of bed, went to the living room and yes, the laptop was sitting on top of the remote so the laptop was turning the TV back on.
That tells me that he doesn’t need the TV remote for turning the TV on and off – the Roku remote obviously does it. Maybe he does need the TV remote for volume. I have no idea. All I know is I wish we didn’t have a TV.