You may remember I put together a nice TV stand back in April or early May. Because I only had a puny, old TV at the time, the stand looked like this:
Well, I bought a swanky new flatscreen TV last weekend, so T-Rex was forced to move his toys away like this:
My dad and I hooked up the new TV, and it went very smoothly, except we found an extra part in the box that looked like this:
In spite of the ominous black plastic with arrows and official-looking “Front” on the piece, we could find no drawing, photo or mention of it in the instructions, nor any compartment that looked like it needed a front, so we ignored it. (Like father, like daughter.)
My parents were nice enough to give me a DVD player they’ve had for a few years but never use. It’s nothing fancy, but, truthfully, this TV is about the fanciest-schmanciest thing I’ll ever buy technology-wise, so I was fine with a no-nonsense DVD player. (Note, too, that my TV’s 32 inches looked pitifully small next to the guy checking out next to me at Best Buy. He was purchasing one at least 52 inches, maybe bigger. Somebody’s trying to make up for a smallish-something-else, I think…)
So this week I got set to hook up the DVD player. First, I looked in my bag of computer/TV-related goodies stashed in my storage room. Don’t ask me why I’ve kept cables and keyboards and mouses from various family members for the last, oh, 10 years, but I have. That mess looked like this:
No surprise it was all useless. (I tossed out most of it, btw.)
Then, I went to Target and erroneously bought this (note to self: read instructions AND look at the back of the DVD player):
I returned it today and bought a colorful bunch of cables. Audio In, Audio Out, yellow, red, white, green, blue. Cables were everywhere and the picture only comes out red. Red. You know I like red, but only where I want it, when I want it. NOT on my TV screen.
So now my TV/DVD hook-up looks like this:
I know it shouldn’t be this complicated, but for some reason it is.