Shannon Stacey

My husband and the pause button

I think my husband has taken the DVR thing a little too far. I know we, as an entire family, are spoiled by it. If we’re watching TV at camp, one of us will inevitably say “pause it because I have to pee”, and everybody else will laugh. The lack of an onscreen guide also perplexes us. How do people know what’s on and on what channel? We’ve forgotten how to watch television without one.

Of course, one of the biggest perks is being able to fast-forward through commercials when you’re watching a saved show. It’s nice, I admit. But my husband has taken commercial-avoidance to a level that’s starting to annoy me.

In order to be able to fast-forward through commercials, he’ll pause the show we’re about to watch at the beginning. Then…we sit. It’s hard to see in the picture, but we turned on a show at 9pm. Then he paused it. I think it was 9:16 when I took the picture and it was another few minutes before he hit play.

Photo of paused TV

So we sit in silence with a paused screen until enough time has passed so he thinks we can watch the entire episode without suffering a commercial. In the meantime, I get bored and pull up Twitter, where I inevitably stumble across a spoiler for the show I should have been watching. Plus I miss any movie trailers.

I wish our cable company would come out with a remote app for my phone. The battle of the DVR would be epic.

7 comments to “My husband and the pause button”

  1. Christine
      · March 12th, 2013 at 9:57 am · Link

    My husband used to do that during College Football Games….drove me nuts! Sadly I have no helpful advice, we decided that we didn’t need to spend the money on something else instead.

    Maybe you take the batteries out of the remote before the show starts??

    Good Luck!

  2. Sarah Sexton
      · March 12th, 2013 at 11:27 am · Link

    Ha! My husband does the same thing! Drives. Me. Crazy. I would rather be subjected to the need cash now jingles than sit in silence. However, I’d rather have silence than listen to the “This is How We Do It” tax prep commercials twice every break.
    I personally think every TV should be equipped with “Skip!” (That’s what everyone in our household yells at impending commercials.)
    My car radio needs skip back. I miss everything on the radio!
    Don’t even get me started on our recordings list… It is predominately ruled by viewers, ages 8-14.

  3. Lee Laughlin
      · March 12th, 2013 at 1:17 pm · Link

    We just wait until the end of the show to start or watch it the next night. That there? That there’s a little crazy in the head I say.

  4. Julie
      · March 12th, 2013 at 4:10 pm · Link

    FiOS has an app for that. I’ve had my Android phone pulled out of my grip because he won’t let me check to see if something’s recording later because it’s gotta be full screen and I ruin his view. *rolls eyes*

    Oh and records the news while we eat so he can go back and watch it commercial free after dinner.

    And pauses stuff when ya gotta talk to him, and yet he’s still upset because somebody’s interrupted his show.

    What did we do without the DVR?

  5. B303tilly
      · March 13th, 2013 at 1:17 am · Link

    I totally do this!!!

  6. Sarah Sexton
      · April 9th, 2013 at 10:45 am · Link

    Grrr… Stupid spammers. I once got one singing the praises of my writing and then invited me to check out their website. Link entitled Pelvic Mesh Implant. Who has time to do these things??? :/

  7. Shannon
      · April 11th, 2013 at 12:45 pm · Link

    I’m not sure which filter was down, but a lot of us WordPress users saw a flood of spam this past week. I hate them so much. *mad face*

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