Things are starting to settle down a little bit around here–we’re even semi-successfully giving Alex baths–so on Tuesday I took advantage of a hole in the schedule to unpack and set some stuff up around the house. The wife has always been interested in a television in our bedroom, and while I’m not entirely sold on the idea, it’s almost Valentine’s day and I am the world’s greatest husband, so I’m on board. She brought a TV to the marriage, so I grabbed it from the garage, dusted it off, and moved it up to the bedroom.
We’ve got digital cable, so while there’s a cable in the bedroom wall her old-school TV isn’t going to be able to see anything on it without a digital cable box, and we don’t consider OTA TV in this house. Luckily, I was thinking ahead to handle just this situation when I impulse-bought a Motorola DCP501 off Woot years ago. I was looking forward to seeing if I could get the gimmicky digital cable converter feature working, and even if I couldn’t, the DVD player would let us watch the Wiggles with the tyke in the comfort of our own bedroom.
Now I just need to figure out where the hell the DCP501 is.
Have You Seen Me?
I looked for the stupid thing for hours today, and I’m coming up blank. It occurs to me that I haven’t seen the DCP501 since we moved. It was in the utility room at the 68th St house, connected to this crappy Yorx shelf system that my folks got me for Christmas in about 1988. (Seriously. And I don’t mean to sound ungrateful–the Yorx rocked the haus in 1988… thanks mom and dad! But like Axl Rose and the Republican party, it hasn’t aged well.) The Yorx system is now set up in the workout room, so it definitely made the trip.
We’ve got a lot of boxes in the garage, and since we moved there have been things I haven’t been able to find. I’m still missing some remote controls, and I have no idea where the RF keyboard/mouse deal (which I also got off Woot, not that I’m an addict or anything) I used with my entertainment center PC is. Stuff gets lost in moves, though, and all the stuff I’ve been missing up until now is pretty small, so it could have ended up anywhere.
But the DCP501 is 17″ x 20″. I don’t think it’s kicking it in a file box in the garage. I looked in all the boxes I think are large enough to hold the DCP501. I looked in all the closets and bedrooms. I called Jeff, just to make sure he also remembered I used to own one of these things and wasn’t hallucinating the whole affair. I’m totally drawing a blank as to where the thing might be.
This really isn’t a big deal, I know. DVD players are dirt cheap, and while I was going to get a lot of personal geek satisfaction through finally coming up with a situation where the digital cable decoder in the DCP501 actually did something useful, cable boxes are cheap too. But it’s really bugging me that I can’t find a 35 lb piece of equipment that it should have taken about five minutes to locate. Heck, at this point if I could be told the location of the DCP501 and how it got there, I’d probably be willing to give up ownership of the unit itself. I just want the mystery solved so I can quit scratching my head in confusion every few minutes.
I’m looking again today. Let me know if I loaned you my DCP501.