The man was standing behind his workbench with a power cord in his hand. An old Zenith television was on the bench in front of him. He began to tinker with the inner workings he had exposed through an open back.
He was one of the few TV repairmen still in town who knew much about the older models; after all Zenith had been bought out years ago. But he loved working on anything electrical. It was the newer models he actually had more trouble with. He could fix an old picture tube set in less than an hour most days.
His days were getting shorter though as he age caught up with him. Arthritis had been his companion for years and it was getting harder to grip the tools first thing in the morning. Today had been a good day though and he began to whistle while he worked on reattaching the cord to the set.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – Zenith
The prompt I am writing for is a week old… OMG, how did I get so far behind!? Please forgive me. This new medicine routine I am on is really kicking my but. Plus I have added pool therapy twice a week I need to make time for. If I could just have a couple of good days I think I could get caught up, but naps keep sneaking up on me and my boyfriend is on a leave of absence for a month and so I am spending more time with him which means less writing time. Speaking of writing… let’s talk television.
I grew up in the era of a tv in every room. Ok it wasn’t to that excess, but the living room had one, a small portable in the kitchen, (why I don’t know but,) a small one in the bathroom and then of course one in the bedroom. Although growing up my sister and I shared one and it was never on at bedtime.
By the late 70’s the television became a toy too… the Atari 2600 game system and space invaders and pac man hit our house. My dad even designed holders for the joysticks so you could have a more arcade like experience… and it was easier to get a high score.
The 80’s came with cable television and many more choices. Then I grew up and work and family life took a lot of my tv viewing away. There just wasn’t time for it. We more often would use the set for VHS and DVD viewing.
Now the news is just depressing. There aren’t many good shows on anymore. I sit here today taking advantage, as I often do, of the music channels my cable company offers. Listening to a little adult alternative today while I write. And the music leaves me less distracted for reading prompts too, which is what I should go do to try to catch up some more. Do you have a favorite television show or channel?
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – television