a beam of light
I’ve known, for a while now, that something with lots of buttons and cables was going to make its way into our home.
This seemed inevitable because Ali hadn’t bought anything since a device he vaguely referred to as a “Media Player” suddenly appeared next to the TV a couple of months ago.
But then two weeks ago – a shipment of Cisco boxes. And a Sunday morning spent hooking up cables. And then an industrial eyesore under the television. With the bonus feature of a glaring blue light, which serves a secondary purpose as a beacon to guide one to the kitchen in the middle of the night.
- The phone rings randomly, nobody answers it.
- The phone features video capability, nobody uses it.
- This unit has a phone number, I do not know it.
- The phone indicates there are voice mails, nobody checks them.
So I had to ask the obvious.
Me: “Does this phone need to be in such a prominent position in our living room?”
Ali: “It’s a demo unit. I need to demo it.”
Me: “You haven’t touched it since you installed it.”
Ali: “That’s not true. I did use it. Once.”
Me: “We’ve talked about this before. Just because a phone is available on the market, doesn’t mean you have to own it.”
Ali: “Actually, yes I do.”
It’s been days since this conversation and no progress has been made. Not sure where to go from here. If only the phone’s shiny beam could figuratively shed some light on the situation…