One of the great mysteries of life is why we don't replace our VCR. It has lost the ability to rewind or fast forward unless we are previewing the video. We still make futile attempts to get it to work--pushing the button, coaxing/threatening it, tapping the top of the machine, pushing the buttons again in repeated succession trying to trick it into working. All this only results in the VCR making a screaming screeching sound in protest.
Yes, I've heard about the wonders of TiVo and DVR and whatever other amazing contraptions are out there, but that would mean we'd have to get cable in order to use those items. Cable costs money. And it would probably also cost us time watching shows we don't already watch. Money and Time. Neither of which we are willing to sacrifice for whatever is on those extra five hundred channels.
We rarely had use for our VCR until this season. Studio 60 is on too late for us, so we tape it. The Office is on while we are at a Bible study, so we tape it. That means that twice a week we have to suffer through the incompetence of our VCR.
And suffer we do. Though not in silence thanks to the screeching VCR and complaining mumbles from us.
VCRs cost what...$30? Is all this misery worth $30? Probably not. And yet we persist. We suffer on and we persist. And we may not even add a VCR to our Christmas list because that would bump some other more interesting item off the list.
It's a mystery why we continue to put up with our VCR. We are, I guess, very mysterious people.