This is because television had tubes and they required warming up before a clear picture would appear. (I also remember having to take tubes down to a test machine at Bodnar's Drug Store that would tell you if you needed new ones or not.)
Then television technology improved! If you wanted to watch Twin Peaks at 8:00PM then, by golly, you could sit down at 8:00PM and turn on your T.V. and not miss seeing the falls as they cascaded below the Great Bear Lodge.
Not so today - NOT SO! Saturday night I had some unexpected evening hours to myself and decided to go downstairs and watch something on my Apple T.V. This begins with the dumping out of all the remotes out of a box that sits on the coffee table.
Things were not destined to be simple:
The first half an hour was spent trying to figure out why there was not signal. Magically it appeared while I wasn't looking. I have no idea why. It just did. Why do you fall in love? You have no idea why. One day you are just fine and the next day, for no apparent reason, you are an idiot and you can't concentrate on anything. But you accept it an move on.
Three or four remotes later, I am picking out a movie. Then, due to some update, I had to enter my iTunes code, password, and length of inseam. Fine, fine. But then it asked for some new numeric code.
I have no new code. I try random numbers but of course that is completely unreasonable. FINALLY the T.V. tells me to check my most trusted device to which it will send me a code so that I may unlock my televisatory wonderland. So I go upstairs and get MY PHONE and bring it downstairs. There are no texts, no Emails, no phone calls giving me my magic numbers.
So now I go back upstairs and get my computer and haul that downstairs (are you getting the idea of how many pieces of equipment I needed in order to watch reruns of the Gene Caroll Show?) I tried searching the web for problem solving but the step at which I need instruction is always the most vague. "Go to your secret solve button screen and click on the anonymous button." FINE! BUT WHERE THE GET OUT IS IT?
Then the T.V. fairy decided to smile on me once again and sent some magical numbers on my computer. SO after entering FOR THE 50th TIME my identity and pass codes and inseam length I CAN ENTER THE SECRET CODE which doesn't work. Now I'm going through random screens and pressing things. Guess what. It worked. Why? I don't know. I don't know that I care. But THIS time after entering my identity code, my secret pass code, my inseam length, my NEW super secret pass code, the T.V. was finally ready to go.
Which promptly ran out of power.