A Tribute to the Remote Control

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Sometimes we don't take the time in our daily lives to appreciate the things we love. We go through our days just assuming the items we most depend on will always be there for us. I guess we don't know what we really have until it is gone. I would like to share a story with you and I think you will understand.

I recently went on vacation. While on vacation, I naturally wanted to watch some television during the down times and evenings. I discovered something terrible the first night in the motel room - the remote control did not work! I realize a normal person would have complained to the owners about this, but I decided to "tough it out" for 4 nights. Surely I could survive without a working remote for such a short period of time.

My friends, it was a challenging time. The TV also only had basic cable. Gasp! I did not realize that existed anymore. It was like living in the 1980s all over again. I actually had to get up and walk across the room to change the channels. I was subjected to network television programming and commercials! This was a tough time, but somehow I managed to pull through the situation. I feel like it made me a stronger, better person.

Now that I am experiencing a new appreciation for the remote control, I want to create a tribute to it. I would also like to dedicate this hub to anyone out there who works at the factories creating these wonder little pieces of technology. You are loved! Thank you remote control inventors, innovators, and workers. You are the people that rule this wonderful world full of remote controls.

Reasons the Remote Control is Awesome:

  • You never have to get off the couch to change the channels, adjust the volume, or turn the TV on or off.
  • The "MUTE" button.
  • You never have to watch another commercial ever again.
  • You can set up one universal remote to control all your home theater devices.
  • Remote controls now come with fans, air conditioners, heaters, etc.
  • You can be lazy and dump all your remote controls on to the couch. You can adjust your heat, the volume on the stereo, and mute your TV all while never actually getting up.
  • You can buzz through channels swiftly.
  • You can fast forward through the annoying parts in DVDs.
  • You can pause or rewind and watch the best parts of DVDs over and over again.
  • Switching to the closed caption function on the remote means you can read something you cannot hear or understand on the TV.
  • You can learn Spanish by switching the languages with your remote while watching your favorite programs.
  • You never have to bribe your child to go across the room to switch the channels again.
  • Getting some exercise by actually walking to the other side of the room is a thing of the past.
  • When someone tries to have a conversation with you, you can just turn up the volume on the remote to give them a subtle hint that now is not an appropriate time for talking.

Other Names for the Remote Control

  • The Remote
  • The Clicker
  • The Converter
  • The Flipper
  • The Controller
  • The Tuner
  • The Changer


Items that Use Remote Controls:

  • Television
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD players
  • Cable box
  • DVD player
  • VCR
  • Blu-ray players
  • Toy cars
  • Heaters
  • Air conditioners
  • Fan
  • Ceiling fans

Items that Would be Awesome with a Remote Control:

  • Computer
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove
  • Vacuum
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Curtains
  • Blinds
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Crockpot
  • Well, just about anything.

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Comments 14 comments

Husky1970 5 years ago

Truer words were never spoken. I found myself singing the words from an old Joni Mitchell song as I read your hub "Don't it ever seem to go, that you don't know what you've got til it's gone......."


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, that is so true. That song is an inspiration. I will never take my remote control for granted again. Thank you for your comment.


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nikki_m 5 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri

I love reading your Hubs so much xD

I will remember to do something nice for my remote controls today to show them that I still care. Thank you for the post!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thank you so much! Maybe this should be "hug a remote control day" or something.


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tamarindcandy 5 years ago

Aw, I've been using smartphones as universal remotes since forever. Can't say I miss the days of digging behind the sofa to look for remotes.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Hmmm... I guess I am old fashioned with my beloved remotes. I don't seem to ever lose them. I guess I have to put the remote down to do that. Hehe. Thanks for the comment.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Jeannie, 'Hail the remote control' perhaps we could start a remote control fan club? how did people cope before FC? no doubt about it, it's a thing of beauty! great hub, you've done it again, thank you!!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thank you for the compliments. Yes, we should start a remote control fan club. It is one of the greatest inventions of all time.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Great hub, Jeannie ... how true these words are. We have remotes that we can't remember what they were for ... and whoever gets to the remote first is the controller of the world in our house.

The downside to remotes is that if you get a bit senile you can end up trying to change channel with the cordless phone and phoning people on your remote.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Hahaha... I've done that before! I've clicked my cordless phone over and over and thought, "Why is the volume staying the same? What is wrong with this remote?" Thanks for the comment!


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

A very enjoyable hub.....I think we all have become to dependent on the remote control....my house has 4 remotes in the tv room...the other day...I watched my three teenagers....frantically look for the missing remote....they looked everywhere...they found all the remotes except for the important remote they needed...they argued over who had it last.....they got mad....they pouted....and then they finally found the remote.....and changed the channel...one channel down....the whole thing took almost 10 minutes.....none of the three ....even thought about pushing the button on the actually tv.....great hub as usual...voted funny and interesting.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Hahaha... that is so true. One time at work, no one could find a phone number. We searched in our database and then searched online, and had no luck. It wasn't until the next day that someone thought about the phone book that was sitting on the file cabinet all along. Ah, technology. Thanks for the comment!


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nycgrl 5 years ago from New York

I never have thought about it but I do love my remote. Especially for my DVR as well as the game controller for my Xbox (which is the Xbox version of the remote). Imagine having to get up every time? I was born in 82 so I don't think I was ever even alive in a time when we didn't have one, I always remember having one.

P.S. - I can teach you Spanish lol, I'm fluent! Another neat trick if you want to learn? Watch the Spanish soap operas (or as we call them - novellas) on the Spanish language channels.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I never released how much I loved the remote control until it was gone. Getting up every time to change the channel and adjust the volume drove me absolutely insane. Thanks for the comment... and hey, I might just take you up on that Spanish lesson offer. Hehe.

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