Friday, January 30, 2009

The Timex of Televisions

So we are living with two men with developmental disabilities (as opposed to the 12 we were with in Arkansas, but believe me, these two would give those 12 a run for their money). Anyway, the behaviors in this house are extreme, but also quite comical at times.

One of the guys, when upset, will go immediately to the television. His way of letting us know he is no longer in control of his emotions is to first push the television off of the stand. When we came to interview for this job, we noticed several holes in the walls behind the tv, but had no idea they were actually from the tv. We talked with the maintenance guy, who has repaired the holes several times and made the decision to put some MDF on the wall behind the tv. Not being in the construction field, I had no idea about MDF, but quickly learned it is much harder than sheetrock and is not easily busted through. A home decorated in MDF also puts out a "don't mess with us" signal, if any of you were thinking of giving us trouble.

So in the two weeks that we have officially been on the job, I would guess that the television has been on the floor at least 15 times. It's been on its side, upside down, screen down, pretty much any way a tv can fall, this one has. But what is amazing is that TVLand just keeps playing.

We laugh often about the guys who helped us load the truck to move. (WONDERFUL people who we could not have done without). They told us to be sure to put the televisions in the cab of the truck or the backseat of the car to keep them from "shifting and breaking". Well I tell you what, if my television ever "shifts and breaks" then I am buying an ILO. I have seen with my own eyes, that it can be picked up and tossed and never miss a beat. That is one brand that takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'!

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