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FHWC 2013 Day 16: Typical Boys – The Latest Generation


FHWC2013JoinMeI wrote earlier (Tuesday FB12) about my father and his brothers regarding their sense of adventure and fixing-up broken things They Were Typical Boys? (LOL No!)

This time around, I have recollections of three little boys, each with their own sensitive and sharing ways of taking care of my entertainment systems over the years.

Before DVDs and BluRay discs, I had a VHS tape recorder (this was back in the mid-1990s).  

My oldest son, Junior wanted to play one of his cartoon movies, but didn’t know how.  He must have overheard me talking about PayTV, so he did just that — and told no one about it.

When I went to play a tape, the machine loaded up, started to play then made disgusting, grinding noises similar to a sink-installed garbage disposal unit chewing a teaspoon!  I stopped it and tried to dislodge my tape — nope, it was a goner.

I asked a friend who dabbled in audio-visual equipment, he told me to bring it in.  Three days later, he called me and said it was fixed.

When I went to pick it up, I asked him how much I owed him for his trouble.

“Nothing,” he said with a big grin, “You already paid me!

[Look of total confusion]

He laughed and reached under his counter. He brought out a small paper cup and dumped its contents on the counter.

“Two dollars and seventy-three cents,” he smiled, “That’s enough for a large coffee, ya think?”

“You found money in it?”

He nodded, “Much easier fix than last time. Hey, did you ever find out which of your boys shared his PBJ* with it?” [*Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich]

“No,” I lied.

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the BoysChef was still in diapers and in his “Climb every mountain” stage — basically, just climbing everything without any worry of falling off or down.

One summer evening, Chef got up on my computer desk and made a tech support decision: he took a glass of water and poured it into the top-side vents of the monitor!  I know this because I witnessed the water pouring from the kitchen down the hall!

“No! No! No!” I yelled scrambling down the hallway, stumbling over a Fisher-Price dump truck and the middle son playing with it.

Chef looked at me with professional concern, pointed to the monitor — which was ON — and said “Drink!”

I watched the monitor screen picture rapidly shrink from twelve inches square to a bright, white dot (half the size of your smallest fingernail) in the middle of the screen, before I put Chef on the floor and took the glass to the kitchen sink.

“How do I fix it? How do I fix it? How do I fix it”” was my only thought, as I held my aching head, not noticing that I still had a kitchen towel in my hand.

Rushing back to the desk, I put two kitchen towels on the carpet near my computer chair.  I then disconnected the monitor and slowly turned it upside-down, to rest on the towels.

It stayed like that for three days — caught the attention of almost very visitor.

When I finally braved the possibility of electrocution, I hooked it back up — and it worked!

But that was not the last attempt made on my computer.

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Captain, my middle son, did not like the idea of anyone being hungry. 

I was making dinner, when he came into the kitchen asking for a slice of bologna.

“It’s not for me, Daddy, it’s for Sam!”

When I asked him, who is Sam; he told me that Sam was our computer!

Both Junior and Captain were attending school; Junior was in Grade Two and Captain started Kindergarten. They both recognized their alphabet (most of it) and struggled a bit sounding things out.

I went to the computer and sure enough, the name was there on the upper left of the monitor.

S-A-M-S-U-N-G

(You just need to ignore the last four letters for it to work.).

Turning to my son, I expected to find him chopping on the bologna slice, but he was playing with one of his toys.

“Did you eat your bologna?”

“No,” he giggled, “It was for Sam.”

I tried to use psychology, “But, Sam doesn’t like bologna.”

“Yes, he does!” Captain jumped up and pushed the CD tray button, revealing the meat circle. “He’s saving it for later.”

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