Monday, April 26, 2010

Drunken Repair

This is the TV, DVD player, and VHS player in our bedroom. And yes, we still have VHS tapes. I'm waiting for the next "DVD player" to come out. I know they have Blu-Ray but to me that is just a DVD player tweaked and re-marketed. I'm really hoping for streaming videos to be the final one. That way you don't have to buy more stuff, and you can just store your movies in a queue. So what does this have to do with Drunken repair......(oh look a penny, ADD at its finest)........
Our DVD player has turned into dear Roger Ebert. It would only let us play certain movies. Whatever the DVD player was in the mood for is what we were allowed to watch. Player seemed to like older movies like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. (Don't even say porn, Annie Jones!) Family guy was out of the question! One day one movie would work and then the next it was off the play list.
So I looked up on line how to clean your DVD player and then operated. My cousin has a saying, "If you are going to pay a repair man make sure it is good and broke." So that was my plan. Anna walked by as I was taking it apart and something along the lines of "rest in pieces." She isn't funny at all.
So here is the problem that I ran into, we had no rubbing alcohol. I thought of Drunk Pam and pulled out the vodka. That was the point where Anna walked off to get her dad(Den's plan the night before was to crush it). Ye of little faith! I knew the vodka would work but was completely shocked when I put it all back together and it stopped being Ebert! Yes, you can clean your DVD player with vodka. And I can now add DVD repair to my resume.
If you decide to venture into the repair world and you break it just remember the bottle is already out!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

27 comments:

Annie Jones said...

What kind of girl do you think I am? I'd never watch porn in the bedroom...and it's not just because our only TV is in the living room.

I've used vodka in homemade window cleaner before. Better to use vodka in homemade cleaners than to try to use rubbing alcohol in your mixed drinks. That's what I always say. I wonder if I poured some on my modem if my Internet would work better.

slugmama said...

"I wonder if I poured some on my modem if my Internet would work better."
Well your modem won't work better but if you pour some vodka into YOU at a 25:1 proportion(25 you-1 modem), you frankly won't care if it works at all!lolol

Good job on the machine repair SonyaAnn. My brother use to have quite the lucrative side biz repairing vcrs back in the day. Maybe this is your true calling and Den should send you to repair school....

SonyaAnn said...

Annie Jones-LOL! Drinking rubbing alcohol! Did you hear about the prisoner that drank hand sanitizer? He was on his way to court and drank it. So now some jails can't use hand sanitizer. You would think that that would be where they need it most!

SonyaAnn said...

slugmama-Could you two be any funnier? Now all we need is Frances!!!
Well, I'm glad that I could fix it. Now do you think I can fix a transmission/electrical problem with the Focus? I wonder if Vodka will help this one!!! Den called me this morning and the transmission was slipping and the idle was super high. He said that he didn't even need to use the gas pedal. Way to be safe!!!

slugmama said...

Well I hope Den has really GOOD BRAKES!eek
Sounds like it's going to be an expensive week at your house SonyaAnn...bleh!
I would bet that you have a very mechanical mind(or does you are mechanically inclined sound better?lol)and prolly have the natural talent/aptitude for a trade school. Car mechanics are very much in demand and you can make some good money at that career. I keep telling #2 son to forget college-just go to plumber or car repair school...you'll make just as good a salary and not waste 4 yrs and all that money in a degree! Of course, seeing as we are paying for college, I am being self serving with this advise.lol

SonyaAnn said...

slugmama-LOL about the brakes as seeing that Den does them. We will see how good of a job he does! I always think of how unsafe that is and then wonder how many more idiots are out there and driving unsafe cars!
Thanks for the nod but I can't see me going back to school. I'm just too old.
I keep telling my kids to go into heating and air conditioning! We are so much alike. But honestly, most kids that get out of school end up in a trade anyways! My brother has a degree and then went to golf school and can't find anything!!! He has no idea what he is going to do next. I told him BK!

Frances said...

Here I am, ladies. I should have been reading earlier!!

Annie Jones, do you close your drapes when you watch porn in your living room?

SonyaAnn, while I am quite glad that you got your vcr working, I would never waste perfectly good vodka on repair work. I would to to the store and buy some alcohol. Then drink the vodka while cleaning the vcr. I am not frugal when it comes to vodka!

We have a couple of VCRs. We also have a couple of DVD burners. Hubby uses VCR for short term and DVDs for long term.

We mostly view movies on DVD. My "shows" are saved to VHS.

I think if you drink the vodka before driving the Focus, you won't care how it shifts.

SonyaAnn said...

Frances-I'm not a vodka sort of girl, I'm more of a cranberry and amaretto! If you have never tried that, you are missing out.
"I think if you drink the vodka before driving the Focus, you won't care how it shifts."-LOL but my guess is I will have some problems with the cops.

Beth said...

Girl, you are too much! I'm glad you fixed it.

Donna Freedman said...

Way back when the Earth was still cooling (1985 or so), I bought our first VCR. It was made of metal, not plastic, and it ran like a champ for more than 12 years.
Then it quit. Fortunately, a book had just arrived at the newspaper where I worked, "The All Thumbs Guide to Fixing Your VCR."
What the heck, I thought, and bought a bottle of cleaning solution (fairly cheap, although apparently I should have just used vodka) and some foam-tipped swabs and took the machine apart, cleaned it, tightened something (I forget what) and plugged it back in.
The damn thing worked for another three years. Now and then it would seize up and I'd just repeat the cleaning/tightening.
As for Blu-Ray and other tweaks, I'm reminded of what comedian Rita Rudner said about such technology: That she'll buy it when they can promise her it's the LAST time they're going to change it.
Riiiight.
I was in a thrift store yesterday and saw some eight-track tapes. Any other dinosaurs remember when they were sooo high-tech?
P.S. How I Came To Buy The VCR: We'd rented one (yep, rented) for the weekend a couple of times. Picture an Alaska winter, us living in a trailer, and the water pipes have frozen. Picture me knee-deep in the snow trying to thaw the pipes with a hairdryer. Picture my then-husband in HAWAII, for godsake, with the basketball team. He'd called to tell me how nice the weather was and what he'd had for dinner. "The hell with this," I thought. "If he can go to Hawaii while I thaw pipes, then I can buy a $#@! VCR." So I bought one.
P.S.S. When the thing finally died for good, I donated it to the high school physics teacher to make robots with. True story.

Pam said...

Wow! I am impressed. You are one clever woman!

SonyaAnn said...

Beth-I'm glad that I fixed it too!
Thanks for coming to see me.

SonyaAnn said...

Donna Freedman-When I grow up(ya right) I want to be you. You have led one of the most interesting lives I have ever heard of. You should be a writer!;)
I would have been so pissed about trying to thaw the pipes and hearing about what a lovely time someone was having. I don't blame you for getting a VHS player. Hell I would have bought a ticket and handed him the bill! Den wouldn't have lived through a stunt like that, even if it was for work!
And it is awesome that your VHS was turned into number 5. If you get that you are super cool! Probably not in a hip sort of way but in my eyes!

SonyaAnn said...

Pam-Thank you!

yonca said...

That is really smart SonnyAnn!

SonyaAnn said...

yonca-Thank you most days I don't feel that bright!

Annie Jones said...

Are you sure Den isn't driving a Toyota instead of a Ford?

I prefer bourbon, but who wants their window cleaner to be brown? Maybe some blue curacao is on order. I have no idea what it tastes like, but my windex would be pretty.

I heard that sanitizer story, but it was elementary school kids instead. Apparently some kids like the lemony taste. I would think the teachers would have guzzled it before the kids could get their hands on it, though.

Annie Jones said...

@ Frances: Wouldn't you like to know?!

kado! said...

awesome! You are one inventive woman!

My husband works in the Video Equipment field and the next thing that is going to come out is 3-D tvs that you don't need glasses for. (they actually should be here in time for Christmas) They have cameras right now that the producers are using to film with that have this technology already...the consumer is next.

...as for a VCR, i wish we still had one. I came across some old tapes from my high school years...I'd love to watch them!

...I'm starting to see a pattern here with your alcohol use...hahaha!

Frances said...

Annie Jones, I WOULD like to know. In case I ever come to visit and your drapes are drawn.

Blue curacao is yummy in a drink called a Blue Hawaiian:

Ingredients:
- 1 oz Light Rum
- 1 oz Blue Curacao
- 2 oz Pineapple Juice
- 1 oz Cream of Coconut
- 1 cup ice

YUMM-O!

And I agree with SonyaAnn, Donna Freedman should write a book!

McVal said...

Clever! EVERYTHING works better with vodka tho... Me for example...

SonyaAnn said...

Annie Jones-Could you be any funnier!!!! No its not a Toyota, I don't think we could afford on of those high falutin' things!
And you are not allowed to drink windex or hand sanitizer. Good lord, what do you do with your free time?

SonyaAnn said...

kado!-Thank you!
And WOW about your hubs being in the know when it comes to TVs and stuff. Now my question is, how long before a cheapy like me can afford one?

SonyaAnn said...

Frances-She has one out and might have something in the works! I wonder if she wanted me to spill!

SonyaAnn said...

McVal-LOL, I work better with Boones!

Donna Freedman said...

Number 5? I used to have a Polaroid of my daughter and me standing next to the actual robot from the second movie, "Short Circuit II." By then he was known as "Johnny Five," apparently, although I didn't see the film.
Abby and I were in Los Angeles to visit my then-SIL and to interview Jonathan Frakes from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (he couldn't have been nicer, even though the Anchorage Daily News is not exactly Entertainment Weekly) as well as to visit the special effects guy who did the robot for the Short Circuit films.
He also was doing the creature work for the remake of "The Blob." We got to see the little model phone booth and the model of the screaming waitress who was cinematically engulfed by crimson goo. I'm afraid of Jell-O in all its forms, but especially when it's taking over the world, or at least smothering blue-collar workers.

SonyaAnn said...

Donna Freedman-Yup that was it! But then I should have known better than to try and stump someone with an IQ as high as yours. Maybe next time I should go a little more low brow.
Is there anything that you haven't gotten to do in this life time? Seriously, there is like one degree of separation between you and everyone!