|It just sucks
Every so often, the misfortunes of life
layer themselves upon me. The individual events are minor, but when
they fall one after the other, the resulting cascade of failure
is enough to cause a normal person to trundle off to happy acres
in an “I love me” jacket. I, however, am so used to
the cascades they seem almost comical if not predictable.
At the start of a one happy-go-lucky Memorial day weekend, I stopped
off on my way home and purchased a DVD that I’ve been wanting.
It was an old animated feature from the 70’s. I get home and
unwrap the Fort Knox like packaging, and pop the disc into my PS2.
Unlike the other DVDs I own, this one refused to play. It would
just loop between the logo and main menu. Thinking that this one
of those discs that just won’t play on a PS2, I decided to
test it on the DVD player in my personal computer.
This was the first time I’ve tried playing a DVD in my computer,
and not surprising, it didn’t work there either. It seems
that I don’t have the correct software for the DVD player
(a decoder). Unwilling to let this stand in the way of seeing my
new DVD, I head down the store and buy a real DVD player. I get
home with my new toy and start the installation process only to
discover that my television set doesn’t support the cable
system provided by the DVD manufacturer. Grabbing my keys, I head
back out to purchase the correct cables.
This time, I’m all set. I pop in a test disc and everything
works just grand, except when I try my new disc - still no go. I
sadly accept the fact disc itself that is bad. I set the disc aside
with plans to test the DVD at work on Tuesday.
Ah, but my weekend was not yet done. Unable to watch my ancient
animated feature I settle in for weekend of on-line computer gaming,
only to have the power supply in my computer fail on the holiday.
There is no chance of getting a replacement until Tuesday.
You’d think that would be the end of my troubles. After all,
I purchased a DVD, which didn’t ‘work in my PS2, discovered
that I didn’t’ have DVD decoder software on my pc to
test the DVD disc, bought a DVD player that needed an additional
cables, only to find out that the CD was bad, and then my cable
modem goes bad. Well, it seems that wasn’t quite enough. I
arrive Tuesday morning only to find out that the video card in my
PC at work had also gone bad. And, to top it off, the only replacment
video card was also bad.
Oh, yeah, about that DVD disc. Sure enough, I works just fine on
somebody else’s PC at work. I guess I just wasn’t meant
to enjoy that DVD.