everybody knows it hurts to grow up but everybody does it's so weird to be back here let me tell you what the years go on and we're still fighting it and you're so much like me i'm sorry - ben folds (Still fighting it) ... ARTLUNG (October 2004)

Joe’s natural enemy: Broken $30 DVD Player 2004 Oct 22

I just spent 45 minutes tearing apart a broken $30 Wal-Mart DVD player. It stubbornly stopped working. Stopped playing. Stopped ejecting. Stopped even letting the tiny green LED light when plugged in. It just got broke.

So I was going to, you know, throw it away. But I couldn’t remember if I had left a DVD in there.

Seeing as how it would not turn on, this was a problem.

In some sense it’s a Schrödinger’s cat type phemonenon. There both is and is not a DVD in the dead player when I’m not sure there’s a DVD in there. So in some sense a tiny kitty will die if I don’t manage to open the DVD player.

Problem is, the damn thing will not open, no obvious manual switches. I unscrew a few screws, but the front plate won’t budge. I use a large pair of scissors to get rid of the plastic, stubborn, front plate. I had to wrestle with it a great deal. I hurt my hands. Screwdrivers, scissors, a bit of swearing.

And…

And…

No DVD inside.

And that, kids, is how I spent 45 minutes this morning.

I’m going to enjoy discarding that DVD player.

Joe Crawford blogged this at 12:53pm in 2004 in October. The 22nd was a Friday. You are reading this 15 years later. Comment. There are 3 comments Tweet. Send email. It has no hastags.

Comments: 3

hahahahahaa

Original comment: dats wat u get 4 shopin at wal mart

Translation: That’s what you get for shopping at Wal-Mart.

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