Ain’t Making Them the Way They Used To


Once again, the month has flown by, filled with all sorts of small, domestic crises. Our biggest problem? The ten-year-old TV started to fail. With TV prices as low as they are, it seemed prudent to buy a new one.

But let me back up. Our TV watching habits require the use of headphones. Jim watches early in the morning while I’m sleeping. I watch late at night while Jim sleeps. A silent house during those times is quite the luxury.

You may (or may not) know that headphones used to connect to the TV through an analog port known as the RCA connector, or Cinch connector, or audio jacks. The new TVs, for the most part, don’t have audio jacks. Instead, they have a digital or orbital connector, primarily for sound bars.

Just in case you haven’t figured out our problem: our old headphones won’t connect to the new TV.

So, in talking to the folks at the electronics store, we found and purchased a very expensive set of headphones that would connect with our new TV.

One problem. Out of the box, the headphones didn’t work. We read and reread the directions. We went to the manufacturer’s website and downloaded the 35-page manual. We watched the How-To video on You Tube. No dice.

This particular set of headphones has both the digital and analog connection options. We tried setting them up to our basement TV, which is still analog. Nope. Still no sound. We returned the headphones.

And drove the 35 miles back to the electronics store. Ordered another set of headphones. Received them. Guess what?
Yes, you guessed it. They didn’t work either.

We called the TV manufacturer and learned that the TV we had purchased will not support headphones. Period.

Armed with the box of headphones and the receipt for our new TV, we returned to the electronics store. Where we were told not to believe what the manufacturer had said, that the headphones would work with any TV with a digital connection.

The proof is in the pudding, right? We spent a couple of hours trying to get our headphones to work with their TVs. Would you believe it? None of the new TVs supported the headphones when using the digital connector. The only TV that will work has both analog and digital ports.

We’re still waiting for the new TV to be delivered. We’re keeping our fingers crossed. Maybe this will work. One thing is certain.

They ain’t making them the way they used to.


Words Matter

A couple years ago, I had great luck planting sugar snap peas. Only problem? The plants were so heavy with fruit that the stakes I used collapsed.

Heartened by that single success, I found, bought, and erected a pea tunnel, hoping to provide last year’s crop with greater support. Sadly, rabbits found their way into my pea bed last year. They ate the shoots emerging from the ground, and despite multiple plantings, no sugar snap peas.

Armed with products to deter rabbits and other critters, along with the addition of rabbit fencing to the bottom of my chain link fence, I bought some sugar snap pea seeds. The warm winter, with no cold weather in sight, encouraged me to think about planting in late February.

I ordered ‘early’ seeds. Here’s the blurb from the catalog.


So imagine my surprise when I received the seeds in the mail and read the back label.


Got that? Do not use for food, feed, or oil purposes.

Seriously? Why am I planting them? I reached for my phone to call the company and spoke with a very polite young man who listened to my story and then went ‘to check.’ Guess it struck him as odd, too.

Turns out, you’re not supposed to eat the SEEDS. They are treated with a fungicide called Thriam 42-S. I’ve provided the link to some EPA information, if you care to go to the trouble of looking it up.

Problem is, ‘don’t eat the seeds’ is not what the back of the seed packet implies. Something I hastened to point out to the seed catalog customer service guy. What the packet should have said was: Do not use the SEEDS for food, feed, or oil purposes.

Makes a difference, right?

Words matter. I might have written this Blog using some ‘alternative facts’ about this particular seed. The company sure left me an opening.

Words matter. Wish someone would tell that to our government. Wish someone would explain that to the media. But maybe they already know that. Maybe the goal is to tell so many lies that the truth is no longer discernable.

If that’s the case, look out!

We may all end up feasting on poison.