Saturday, April 04, 2009

Do It The Hard Way

When my husband and I are in our eighties, we will still be having this cute little grumbly fight.

Twice a year our church broadcasts a conference. It is broadcast over the internet, and in our area it also is broadcast over radio and television. While the broadcast goes out simultaneously over all these media, there is always a slight delay between different versions.

When the time comes, we turn on the conference and listen in. And FH likes to have it going on in every room so that we can keep hearing it no matter where in the house we are. No dispute there-- I spend a lot of time running around after children. The problem with this is that he wants it on in a different medium in each room, thus defeating the continuity that is supposed to be gained by having it on in every room.

The other problem with it is that FH insists on giving preference to the most difficult methods of obtaining the conference feed. To get the feed over the internet, you have to install players, etc. It can take 10-15 minutes to troubleshoot all that crap, with our chewing-gum-and-duct-tape home network. But it takes 5 seconds to turn on the damn radio. (If I insist on fumbling for the remote control instead of walking across the room like an antiquated sucker, I can get that up as high as 15 seconds.) If I can't get the feed up through the internet, what's the solution? Not "turn on the radio," that would be too easy. No, I've gotta do all the troubleshooting, blah blah blah.

And to top it all off, we almost never look at the screen during the conference anyway, so there's really no point on having it on in any medium BUT radio.