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How Many Remotes Does It Take?

Updated on December 13, 2010

As A Shopper

In a world of dual incomes, we had only one. A new home, decent vehicles and a housefull of kids.

What if?

What could I do, just in case?

I had an accounting degree, so I put it to work.

After about 12 years, I was growing sick of corporate America.

He was like this!
He was like this!

Moving up the Ladder

At the height of my influence in the world of industrial supply........I met with a terrible boss. My life became miserable, in a way that could not be left behind at the office.

At dinner, hubby strikes the table, declaring. " either you fix this or I will, my wife doesn't deserve to come home and cry at the supper table".........I knew he meant it.........

I moved from wholesale to retail, from farmland to the mountains.

My ascension is quick and profitable. It seems that this is my calling ( it is not)........I make loads of money. I move from store to store, climbing the corporate ladder quickly.........I am a star ( or am I).........

There is more to learn.


A True Opportunity

A new town.....a new life.......a new tomorrow ( looking back, all tomorrows are new).....a new chance.

Our children, now in junior high school, are husband tells them, ' we will not hold your mother back"......this is her moment...........this is her time, you will be given yours........

I insist, to the "home office" that the school year not be disrupted..........we move, children prove to be troopers...........they pass from teens to young women.

I could not have achieved what I did, with kids of a lesser caliber...........I owe my success as a retail manager to my daughters.


He had it set up nicely.....
He had it set up nicely.....
Which one works what?
Which one works what?

A Brand New Life

I am driven......

There is a goal, and I am on a mission.

A brand new store..........brand is on my back.....

My hubby is a techno gadget victim. If it is new, he wants it. He gets it and he sets it up. He thrives on buying speciality tools and wiring. Usually, he gives me operating instructions. This time, I was not available. We made our move and then he was off to a power plant in Atlanta. I had never turned the tv on or off. The kids were in charge!

I have no time, no energy to argue. I have even less interest.

Yeah, ok, did you eat, whatever, ok, how much, bring me a check, how much, ok, yeah sure.......become my bywords..

I AM this overworked............15-18 hour days, 7 days a week, for 8-10 weeks, without end.........I live to work.......( do you see know, why this is on the backs of my children)

FINALLY, the store is stocked, opened, running.......I am awarded the designation, of within the company of having the ONLY store in history that operates in the black within the first 3 months of business.......

I can breathe..........

My children go to school.

I wake up whenever I do, long has it been since I last did this.......

the silence is too much, I am used to people calling my name, hundreds of times daily.

I grab the remote.........then a second one, and a third.....(tv, stereo, vcr, dvd, am, fm, record, replay, pause, direct..........I am so lost)

I push button after button, after button...................ALL day long..........

The girls come home from school.......telling me of their high school day. They ask of mine, which has not been one of interest.

Finally, I ask them..........

How many remotes does it take to turn the tv on?

Moving on........

My daughters would find their own successes........

They would never let me forget "the tv incident".  For years, they would program my phones, set my alarms, burn my CD's.........all I had to say, was I do not know how.


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    • onegoodwoman profile image

      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Evgeny unity,

      Thanks for coming by to read!

    • Evgeny unity profile image

      Evgeny unity 6 years ago from Latvia

      Interesting hub/

    • onegoodwoman profile image

      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town


      We sure do! and for more than leading us

      through the gadetry.

      It is good to see you again.

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      Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

      I had to call my daughter the other day and ask her how to turn on the DVD in the XBox, the funny thing is, I did not have the controller connected to the Xbox -- I was using the remote. Anyway, thanks for the read. We need our kids.

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town


      Welcome, new reader!

      So pleased that you enjoyed my folly.......

    • onegoodwoman profile image

      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town


      Husbands are like that!

      It has changed direction. I am now

      driven to do different things. Old time

      skills, soap making, hand craftsm, nature,writing,

      simple living, being eco friendly and related

      topics. My money has been made, at a great

      cost to my spirit.

      My spirit matters more.....

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      FloBe 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Loved your story...sad to say, I'm the one in our household who figures out the remote first :) Not that my husband would admit it! haha. So, has your life slowed down any from back then? Or are you still a driven person?

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town


      Long time no see!

      This is hubby

      has a remote for the stereo in

      his truck, he keeps it above the visor.

      I rarely drive his truck, but when I do,

      the buttons on the stereo are closer to

      my reach than the remote is! If riding with him, I

      can't get to it at all.

      Oh, you menfolk....always good to

      have around.

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town


      How good to see you!

      I agree, a great big green ON would


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      Ryan Fuller 7 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      I love gadgets too. But i only have two remotes. Great hub. Very entertaining.

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      Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

      What an interesting story, you must have a wonderful and supportive family. Yes, the remotes... somehow I think that there are to many of them in every home, and also to much buttons on each of them! How many people use all those buttons and how often! The "on" button should be big and visible for all. Thanks for sharing,you have a great way of writing! Bye for now!

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town


      Funny, you should say that. My two years

      old granddaughter, came to visit with a new

      CD in tow. Here, I go again.......she brought

      me the remote and told me 'PUSH'.

      Thanks for coming by.

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      Erin Elise..

      Glad to have you here~

      My kids have taught me so much

      about my own gadgets! I dread

      it when they get around to sending

      a 'consulting' bill!

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      Rhonda Waits......

      Glad you enjoyed it.

      Thanks for coming by to read!

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      Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I enjoyed your story - I am the same way - even with my degree I have to ask my grandkids how to run the Wii, netflix, etc. They were born into it, we somehow missed that class.

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      Erin 7 years ago from Near Sacramento, California

      Great hub and it was enjoyable to read. I clicked that it was funny because of the remote...uh, those darn remotes...and how our kids must come to the rescue.

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      Rhonda Musch 7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Wow what a great hub.