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Our home theater system that was installed when this house was built (2016) cost $55,000. I found the paperwork and saw the invoice.

Anyhow, the theater is running on antiquated technology, to the point, we can't even update the software any longer. Sound and picture is great, but operational interface stinks; moving about, changing channels, volume, etc, is like texting in 2005 on an old Blackberry. The equipment room looks like the inside of 747 engine.

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You think the F*cker who installed it would return our phone calls for service?

To bring the system into 2024?

Nope.

I've called this guy 3 times. Multiple emails to his address and website. My wife tried too.

I've been held hostage by this F*cker now for over a year because he can't return phone calls, emails, nothing. Oh you have $80K (2024 $$) in equipment installed by us? Meh, you're not important.

This clown can't even bother to service a $55K investment.

Anyhow, I called another theater expert out here and they pretty much laughed at our theater interfacing "Yea, we never even heard of this software." Of course, I'm looking at thousands to swap it out, including having to switch out every lighting automation in the house. (The same system controls our interior lights).

Fast forward to today ... after spending last week looking at the system in more details, I figured out I would try to fix the thing myself. I replaced one of the boxes with newer tech (just simple cord swapping) and voila, it worked. My system is updated and I no longer need to rely on the 2005 Blackberry interface.

I bring this up because learning new things and being competent at it NEVER GETS OLD.


Learning something new is intoxicating.


I feel the same thing when practice piano and can belt out a new piece without error.

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If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm guessing you aren't exercising your learning muscle.

It's never too late to START learning.

Something.

Anything.

Anyhow, after successfully upgrading my theater (it cost me $200 and about 2 hours of time) I felt like I won millions of dollars.

A) I don't have to contact this clown and beg, EVER AGAIN.
and
B) I can now use my home theater in a way it was intended, and I can hold off on the full upgrade until I'm really ready to deal with that mess.

I'll leave you with this...

The best way to learn is to DO.

I didn't READ about my theater, I walked into the equipment room and started unplugging things.
 
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Rant time...

Our home theater system that was installed when this house was built (2016) cost $55,000. I found the paperwork and saw the invoice.

Anyhow, the theater is running on antiquated technology, to the point, we can't even update the software any longer. Sound and picture is great, but operational interface stinks; moving about, changing channels, volume, etc, is like texting in 2005 on an old Blackberry. The equipment room looks like the inside of 747 engine.

View attachment 56881

You think the F*cker who installed it would return our phone calls for service?

To bring the system into 2024?

Nope.

I've called this guy 3 times. Multiple emails to his address and website. My wife tried too.

I've been held hostage by this F*cker now for over a year because he can't return phone calls, emails, nothing. Oh you have $80K (2024 $$) in equipment installed by us? Meh, you're not important.

This clown can't even bother to service a $55K investment.

Anyhow, I called another theater expert out here and they pretty much laughed at our theater interfacing "Yea, we never even heard of this software." Of course, I'm looking at thousands to swap it out, including having to switch out every lighting automation in the house. (The same system controls our interior lights).

Fast forward to today ... after spending last week looking at the system in more details, I figured out I would try to fix the thing myself. I replaced one of the boxes with newer tech (just simple cord swapping) and voila, it worked. My system is updated and I no longer need to rely on the 2005 Blackberry interface.

I bring this up because learning new things and being competent at it NEVER GETS OLD.


Learning something new is intoxicating.


I feel the same thing when practice piano and can belt out a new piece without error.

View attachment 56880

If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm guessing you aren't exercising your learning muscle.

It's never too late to START learning.

Something.

Anything.

Anyhow, after successfully upgrading my theater (it cost me $200 and about 2 hours of time) I felt like I won millions of dollars.

A) I don't have to contact this clown and beg, EVER AGAIN.
and
B) I can now use my home theater in a way it was intended, and I can hold off on the full upgrade until I'm really ready to deal with that mess.

I'll leave you with this...

The best way to learn is to DO.

I didn't READ about my theater, I walked into the equipment room and started unplugging things.
Love the progress you made, and hearing your story. I am still in a rebuilding phase, but thankful for all your anecdotes that are reprogramming my brain to the hard worker, go getter that I used to be before betrayal from dedication to a thirty year marriage completely f'd up my brain. Not using that as a crutch, but shit happens. I am reading your Unscripted , and came to your "time investments keeping you doing shit that you shouldn't be doing"!
Great points to unfk my brain. Pushing on!! Thank you...
 

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