Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Someone Help This Lady Out

Yesterday evening, my stepdaughter informed me that she had some books, cds and dvds that needed to be back to the library that day. Since the library was closing in an hour, I told her I'd run the material over there.

While I was there, I took a sweep through the DVD section to see if there was anything interesting. And there was: they had the long-awaited DVD release of John Cassevetes' "The Killing of a Chinese" bookie, a movie that I've read about for years, but never had the opportunity to see. While I was checking it out, I noticed that the library had a bunch of DVDs explaining the switchover to digital television. I was reminded of an incident I'd witnessed on that very spot a few months ago.

I was waiting to check out some material, and an elderly lady in front of me was inquiring about a video she'd heard about that would walk her through setting up her old television to receive digital television signals. The gentleman at the counter told her that they did indeed have a DVD that would help her. She asked if they had a videotape; she did not have a DVD player. I couldn't help thinking of this video that my mother sent me:


Churlita said...

That's so funny. It could almost be me.

Johnny Yen said...

So I'm not the only person who has to ask his adolescent children to turn on electronic devices for him?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am just eternally grateful that our tv seems to already have this setup. I don't need more confusion right now.

Erik Donald France said...

Funny, that. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is interesting -- I've seen two versions, a longer one with weird sideshow realities and a cut version. I like the longer one better, but it's stranger, too.