September 11th, 2004
The last film my VCR ever played was LA Confidential. I finished it a few minutes ago. Then I decided it'd be a nice treat to watch Chinatown for a full-on modernish noir Saturday, and the VCR reluctantly took the tape. Then the little platform went down halfway. Then it stopped. Then it went whrrrrrrr. Then I hit eject. Then it went whrrrrrrr again. Then something went snap. Then it stopped. Then the tape did not come out.
I pushed the tape around a bit. Something flew up beside the tape. It is a little piece of plastic with a metal doohickey on it. This has broken off the VCR. Now the tape is stuck inside and the VCR is dead.
I am not very happy about this turn of events.
on the plus side, you can pretty much get a DVD player in a specially marked box of cereal these days, so... who needs tapes?
I already have a DVD player. But I also have a stack of videocassettes I won't be replacing with DVDs any time soon due to the expense involved. I got a lot of movies.
This week I hooked up the VCR after it had been hanging around for a year, intent on watching the films I hadn't seen in a long time, and I got maybe 1/4 of the way through before the VCR, which had served me faithfully since 1997, busted itself trying to take in a Roman Polanski film. I wonder if there's something significant to be said about that. Probably not. But now I am sad because I still have a bunch of films I haven't seen in a very long time and it'll be a while before that changes.
Fortunately, the dirt-cheap prices of DVD players have made VCRs virtually free. Don't they come in Cracker Jack boxes or something now?
Look on the bright side. Had you fed it Troma the poor thing might have actually exploded. The shrapnel might have put out an eye or something.
okay, secretly I have like 200 VHS (together with Melissa) myself so I wouldn't be too pleased if my player chumped out on me either. I was trying to paint a bright face on it.
But somehow... ... .. I failed...
It may be fixable, but the part plus shipping is probably $20 and you can get a serviceable replacement VCR for that much at the local pawn shop. Or the shiniest shiniest model they make nowadays for $50.
I realize that neither of those numbers are chump change, given the finances, but it's a damn sight better than it was, say, seven years ago.
*funeral durge* We now lay to rest Sony T. Veesiar. We hardly knew ye, Sony.
|Date:||September 11th, 2004 08:28 pm (UTC)|| |
Forget it, Spatch, it's Chinatown ...
Wow! I get to use the same lame joke twice in one week!