Westinghouse Television

November 2, 2012

I purchased a 26″ Westinghouse LCD widescreen television about 3 years ago. Just this week it has failed to work. Well it turns on but there is no picture. The white indicator light is on meaning the television is on. Also I hear the sound of the satellite station from the speakers. Blank screen though.

I’ve tried many things including unplugging the tv in hopes that it would somehow reset itself. TV’s are pretty much small computers anymore. I adjusted cords in case they got loose from the normal vibration of the earth. I pressed every button on the remote. There’s not much I didn’t do that would normally fix issues like this.

Well I went ahead and sent an email to the company. No reply yet. Being impatient I went ahead and searched the instruction booklet for a customer service phone number. I’ve attached an image of the page below:


I challenge anyone reading this to call that number. Don’t worry, you won’t get a customer service rep. I assure you I won’t be purchasing anymore Westinghouse products in the future.

Hey but one bright side. I got this dandy magnetic screwdriver that came in the manual bag 🙂



Dollar Tree

October 29, 2012

I don’t frequent the Dollar Tree or Dollar stores in general but over the weekend I needed to kill some time. This is what I discovered.


I’m still trying to figure out if this is a misspelling or an attempt to be clever with naming a product. What do you think?

Hy-Vee Jailbreak

September 21, 2011

Hy-Vee jail

Little man in his prison garb making a break from the Hy-Vee jail. Notice the depu-T trying to snag his leg on the speedy getaway.

180 Degree Rotation

September 18, 2011


I just got home phone service installed last week and needed a phone to plug into it. Apparently bundling internet with phone service is cheaper than having internet alone. Go figure. Anyway I decided to pick up a cordless phone at Target since I was there for the weekly grocery shopping anyway. While looking at phones, my daughter saw the cell phone selection directly behind me. She decided to investigate. The pic above is her rotating one of the cell phones. Apparently the clips and tethers that lock the cell phones to the wall can snap together upside down. T felt the need to rotate all of them. I didn’t argue.


September 15, 2011

T&M Sharing in the car

Major breakthrough! Look at the snapshot above. What do you see? You may say that you just see 2 kids reaching over to each other or you may notice the tiny piece of puffed corn kernel between their fingertips.

Do you know what I see? I see a little bit more freedom for myself while I’m driving. Normally I’d have to push the driver seat all the way back so I was within arms reach of my son. This way I could hand back little puffed corn or other snacks for him to keep him calm during drives. This also made it a very uncomfortable way to drive as my legs would have to be stretched to press the gas and brake pedals. With this discovery that the kids can reach each other (barely), I can merely hand the whole bag to T and she can feed him for me! This is brilliant stuff! Of course this also means that she’ll be eating half the bag. Small price to pay I guess.

PS. I took the snap shot while at a stop sign. Don’t worry, the vehicle wasn’t moving at the time.