We Are Officially Too Old for Modern TV

Karen Shiebler
3 min readJan 1, 2022
Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

My dear husband and I like to think of ourselves as relatively up to date on modern technology. We can Zoom with the best of them. We have playlists of our favorite songs on roughly 14 different platforms.

OK, we can’t usually access those songs, but still. I mean, did YOU know that GooglePlay Music was going away? We didn’t.

Anyway, we have a “flat-screen TV” which cost us about the same amount as our first car. It has “HD” on it. We aren’t sure if we are watching High D or Low D most days, and we don’t know what the “D” stands for (Dustiness? Data? DumbStuff?), but at least we have “HD”.

We are cool enough to have watched every single episode of “Stranger Things” and “Mrs. Maisel”. We even tried “The Crown”, but with our aging ears, we couldn’t get past those stuffy British accents. The point is, we at least TRIED to watch it.

We are cool old farts. We know what’s up. I can even (cough, cough) take a screenshot of my concert ticket on my phone, saving me from appearing hopelessly ancient when we get to the venue.

(See? I even say ‘venue’ now.)

So it came as something of a shock to us this morning when we realized that we have no actual idea of how to operate our TV.

After watching the local news (good old simple “Channel 4”!) we decided to find something new to entertain us on these cold, bleak, rainy, COVIDY days. Someone had mentioned the show “Yellowjackets” and we thought we’d give it a try.

Alas, “Yellowjackets” is on Showtime and we didn’t think we had that station. To be clear, we hadn’t ever actually looked to see if we had it, because our Comcast subscription, which costs more per month than our entire food and drinks budget, has approximately 784 channels. We know about ESPN, CNN, and the Food Network, but the rest is kind of a blur.

But I picked up the remote and (wise old woman that I am) spoke into the tiny microphone icon. “Showtime”, I said confidently. And……voila!!! Holy happiness! We have SHOWTIME!!!

I grinned at Paul, so pleased that we’d be able to watch our new show!

“So how do we figure out when “Yellowjackets” will be on?” he asked, completely bursting my balloon. We realized…

Karen Shiebler

A Mother, a grandmother, a progressive voter. I write because it’s getting harder to march and because words are my only weapon. I blog at momshieb.blog

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