As you've probably figured out, I can be a little dense sometimes. Thankfully I put up a good smokescreen and got my wife to marry me before she figured it out, but it can get me into trouble sometimes.
So, my daughter is obsessed with movies (I wonder where she gets that addiction ...), and as a result, we've occasionally let her watch one on our portable DVD player so we can finally have something non-Barbie/non-animated/non-sing-a-long on our regular TV.
Portable DVD players are LITERALLY the best invention EVER. I don't even want to think about how annoying it must have been to be trapped in a car with me when I was 3 years old. It's amazing I survived to adulthood.
Seriously, they are AMAZING. Last night, we delivered some holiday treats to friends, and let our daughter watch a DVD in the back seat while we drove all over town.
Aside from the muted sounds of Aristocats and Sleeping Beauty, it was blissfully silent.
If you have a kid and don't have one and have a few bucks, GO. BUY. ONE. NOW.
A couple weeks ago, we had our daughter on the couch, cuddling up with our portable DVD player and letting her watch Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow for the 834th time, when she decided to have one of her life-is-too-hard-for-me-so-I'm-going-to-lash-out-at-the-nearest-inanimate-object-and-take-out-all-my-frustrations moments and threw the DVD player on the floor.
When I went to pick it up, the screen was black and all it said was "Line-In."
That's when I lost it.
Knowing Christmas was fast approaching and we would need the DVD player as our only link to sanity in the next car trip, I flew out the door in a rage, hoping I could get Sony and Best Buy to fix it before we had to leave.
I explained the issue to the Geek Squad and specifically mentioned the "Line-In" problem.
The Geek Squad crew looked like, between the three of them, their collective age was 19.
After they took it with plans to ship it to Sony for repairs, I still had to cool off a little more, so I finished my Christmas shopping.
After a week of shipping and waiting in the repair queue, we got a phone call from a Sony technician.
Do you know what the problem ended up being?
There was a little switch on the said that got flipped. "Line-In" meant it was waiting to display an external media source.
Leave it to me to ship my DVD player across the country (and maybe even the world) so that some guy can flip a switch.