My half dozen

for Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Control.


I have a love-hate relationship with my television’s remote control, I’m convinced it has a mind of its own.

I press this and it does that, I press that and it does this, and too often something unexpected pops up on the screen or the telly switches off. 

Admittedly I do have sausage-like fingers which means I often stab two or more buttons at once, they really should make them larger to suit everybody not just people with skinny digits.

It’s got voice control, but I prefer using the buttons, it goes without saying!

Talking of buttons, there are so many of them, and I don’t know what half of them are supposed to do; PVR, EPG, Event list, Soundbase … what?   

I’m told that when the inventor of the remote control passed away they found his body between the cushions on his sofa – the old jokes are the best!


Thanks to Denise at GirlieOnTheEdge for hosting.

51 thoughts on “My half dozen

  1. Denise May 4, 2022 / 23:27

    When my grandson Charlie was about four, he got hold of the remote and somehow managed to get into the settings and switch to Spanish language and subtitles. I was totally flummoxed and had to call tech help to reset it. Then again, maybe gremlins in the remote did it.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 5, 2022 / 12:32

      Haha, that’s so funny! It could just have been playing games with Charlie!


  2. Frank Hubeny May 4, 2022 / 23:30

    That sounds like the problem I have with my phone. Talking to machines can even be more confusing that looking for the right buttons.

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  3. GirlieOnTheEdge May 5, 2022 / 02:13

    Such fun today at Storyteller Keith’s!
    The frustrations generated by what should be a simple electronic device! Aagh!
    Love the wrap up 🤣

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  4. clark May 5, 2022 / 03:06

    Ba Rum Bump! (the cushions joke)

    I too refuse to drink the Kool Aid of talking to my remote…
    The button I wear out first, not surprisingly is the Mute button… and, for unknown reasons, I play with the volume control way more than I should

    “I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that”

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 5, 2022 / 13:19

      Living the single life, I do sometimes have a chat with my remote. I too use the mute and volume buttons constantly!

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  5. ceayr May 5, 2022 / 11:53

    Buttons bad, voice worse.
    I’m reminded of the YouTube video of two Scots guys in voice-operated elevator.

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  6. emkingston May 5, 2022 / 19:59

    I love voice-activated remotes most of the time. My fingers are a bit on the sausage side too 😀

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  8. Liz H May 6, 2022 / 01:45

    I’m gonna guess the inventor found from snacks between those couch cushions to keep him going until someone dug him out.
    Very funny Six…I truly did laugh out loud!

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  9. TheHiddenEdge May 6, 2022 / 21:43

    “It’s got voice control, but I prefer using the buttons, it goes without saying!” Cleverly funny! 😉

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  10. jenne49 May 7, 2022 / 11:07

    Ah, the universal story of the remote control. You made me laugh.

    ‘It’s got voice control, but I prefer using the buttons, it goes without saying!’ Nice one!

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 8, 2022 / 14:56

      One of life’s love/hate relationships – especially when it ignores what I say!


      • Tom May 12, 2022 / 18:49

        Shocking! 🙂


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