Sometime between 9:30 Friday night and 8:00 Saturday morning, the hard drive in our DVR failed. Yes – failed. Not only will it not record our programs but it lost all we had recorded. Gone is my ability to exercise with Margaret Richard, whose “Body Electric” program has been cancelled by local PBS stations. Gone is that inspiring SMU football game that continued to bring Mike such rich enjoyment. A hundred hours of movies and programs -- gone. Oh well. C’est la vie.
I’ve never really understood how something can just arbitrarily fail. When I was little, say three years old, I remember standing in the kitchen at Grandpa Portfors’ house while he explained to me that the kitchen clock had quit working during the night. It seemed to be a big deal at the time – the adults discussed it at length. “How could it just quit?” I wondered to myself. “Did it make a noise?” I asked Grandpa.
“No,” Grandpa answered impatiently. “It didn’t make any sound; it just quit.” (Grandpa also didn’t understand my questions about the little man who sat in his big Philco radio and read the news to him – my early attempt to understand radio technology.)
So, I felt the same way about the receiver. It was fine last night, so what happened? Something so important should have announced that it couldn't go on, but I didn't hear anything. “The hard drive just failed,” answered Mike impatiently.
Our present receiver (three years old) is now listed as obsolete. And apparently local installers no longer bring you a new unit within the hour. The new one is being shipped to us and Dish Network says it will arrive in three days. “That’s three days from Monday, right?” I asked Mike. And the service rep instructed Mike on how to back up the hard drive in the future. Well, that’s fine, but really it’s not the end of the world to lose that stuff. I can’t tell you how many movies we’ve deleted in the first five or ten minutes of viewing.
The weather this weekend has been lovely. People are calling today the first day of spring. Mike and I weeded and I finally managed to plant peas, spinach, and radishes. KW