I was wrong.
One night, I head to bed to drop off to the calming voice of Peter Thomas. This is the guy who narrates those constantly running episodes of Forensic Files on TruTV. Nothing beats falling asleep to his droning voice: "...and when the body was brought up, the investigators noticed it had no arms." Ahhhh..... ZZZZzzzzz.
But I digress. That fateful night, I turned on the TV and saw THIS:
OH HELL NO! This situation was worse than any random murder I had watched on Forensic Files. I calmly contacted Comcast (say that three times fast!) and was told in no uncertain terms that I was one of the Yahoos that required a Comcast Transport Adapter! Quickly, my mind scanned the "Yahoos that require Transport Adapters" check off list in my head:
Lives in ButtMunch, Utah, or maybe Alabama. NOT ME!
Must not have digital cable. NOT ME!
Must be watching a TV set that was considered "outdated" when men landed on the moon. NOT ME!
So why was I a victim of this horrible situation? Well, it turned out that Comcast did not advertise about the OTHER reason people might possibly need a Transport Adapter. It seems if you utilize a splitter to connect cable to another TV in your house...you are a YAHOO and might as well be living in Buttmunch, Utah!
I am advised to go pick up the free adapter at my local Comcast office. I complied. After standing in line for FORTY FIVE MINUTES (with all the other unfortunate Yahoos requiring adaptors), I was handed my transporter and headed home to install the thing. After all, darkness was falling! Nighttime approached! I needed my Forensic Files!
Here is the kit:
I pulled apart the kit and set out all the pieces for the EASY installation:
Below is the offending TV, only 3 years old, DIGITAL READY BY THE WAY...but requiring a splitter from the main TV:
As you can see, it's one of those small 13 inch sets. And YES, that is a VHS player on it. So what?? I began the "simple" process of hooking this thing up:
Plugged in Transport Adaptor: CHECK
Connected Adaptor from Cable cord to adaptor to TV: CHECK
Turned adaptor on: CHECK
Turned TV on: FAIL
After wrenching the credit card out of the cat's greedy claws, I returned to the bedroom to see that the transport adaptor had finished its set up. I did a final check:
Since it was getting close to bedtime, and Forensic Files was about to start, I agreed to give in and use two remotes to operate a simple 13 inch TV. The true sign of success is below: