Thursday, March 5, 2009

TV Woes and Night Games

Momma and Master FINALLY got their giant LCD TV. As you can see there is no picture on it. Why? You ask?
Because when Momma plugged the cable in she got a bad shock and the circuit shorted out. Pee-Wee thought he might be able to fix it, but I counseled her to call my brother, Jake, right away because he is a Jollyman Elect Twist Can.

Well, Jake came over, but he could not find any elect twist tackle problems. However, he did take the time to reconnect our outside lights thus facilitating NIGHT GAMES.

Prior to the night games, I feel it is important to puff myself up and make fierce sounds lest there be boogums lurking in the shadows.

After which I am ready to begin my maneuvers. I warmed up my large and right sized to fit around the squirt's neck jaws by munching on a stick I had carefully pruned from one of our bushes earlier in the day (sure there is snow on the ground, but that's no reason not to start with the landscaping).

OK, come here you googly eyed midget! I am ready to bitey your little pointy head.

Hmmm... this is a new move. Some sort of seal slide along the snow.

Hey! That's my butt!

Hey! That's Pee-Wee's butt!

Clearly the night affects somebody's photographic skills.

In the morning, the cable fixit guy came. He didn't believe Momma that there was too much elect twist city in the TV and had to see for himself. I covered my eyes so as not to witness the hapless fixit guy getting electrocuted.

Sure enough, when he plugged in the cable, smoke started coming out the watch ya call HDMI connector. You can't really see it, but the connector is a bit charcoal in color now.

The cable fixit man put his electrical detector on the HDMI and said there were elect twist cities pouring out of it from the TV and that was the problem. So he left.

Well, pretty soon, the Geek Squad showed up. Momma explained what was happening, but they said they had never heard of such a thing, so they wanted to try plugging in the cable box too. I tried to warn them not to, but they heeded me not.
I was so tense that I bited my leg to keep from shouting because I totally did NOT want to see the Geeks get fried!

I advised Pee-Wee to hide his eyes lest he get blinded by the lightening shooting out of our cables.

Sure enough, when the Geeks plugged the cable box in.... BANG! This time sparks shot out of the box and it got a little singed (see Momma pointing at the burn mark)?
So everybody agreed that the new TV was leaking elect twist city and needed to go back. Momma decided to punish the evil TV by putting it in the sleepy room (something about not wanting wayward doggies banging into it).

Personally I was pleased to see it tucked as far away from the cable box as possible. I am cautioning the large, flat, spark machine to stay put.

So then Master brought back the old TV, but when Momma hooked it up, this is what it looked like! It was crying for help. Please call the cable fixit guy again (but at least it didn't blow up).

Now that I look at this photo more closely, I am wondering if the elect twist city ran into the squirt because he appears to be glowing.

That's it! I declared a night off from high tech woes! Maybe Momma could like read one of those books the library police are always coming after her for.

Gee, pee-wee's eyes are still glowing... nobody put the voltmeter on him...

Overall a most perplexing day.

Mango Man! Oh yeah!

P.S. From Momma - For all you uber geeks out there, you can play along at home to try and figure out the problem. There is a definite charge on the HDMI cables out of the TV that gets picked up on a volt meter. The co-ax cable works just fine plugged directly into the old TV and the cable box is happy plugged into the wall with the co-ax plugged in. But the HDMI causes a short. The cable box is not even required. If I leave the cable box out completely and just touch the HDMI to the co-ax it arcs. I did have the other HDMI plugged into our new blue ray DVD and it was working fine, but since that wire also had charge coming off it, I have disconnected everything just to be safe. We are getting a replacement TV on Monday, so have a few days to ponder. Thoughts?

Oh yeah, you can check out this thread on the Best Buy site from somebody with a similar problem. I'm not buying the whole inny outy cable thing, but we could try running new wires if that makes sense. We do have a splitter with one wire to the computer and one to the TV. You can send your ideas to me directly at backupdogATcomcastDOTnet


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Have woo dusted the boxes and khables for Lakie prints?


Lorenza said...

I have no idea what could be happening but sounds scary!
I hope you can figure it out soon!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

dewdana said...

um, I know what is wrong... its broken ;-) That stinks! I am hoping to get one of them soon and after reading reviews for quite some time I worry I will get a lemon and then have the hassle of returning it. If you ask me the geeks ought to have packed it up and come back w/ a new one. You bought a TV not a headache!
Good luck! I hate to see any talk of smoke or burn or singe coming out of the mango estate :-(
Moose + Dana

Asta said...

Anothew fwameup?????
I would cease and de sits..You know that the Lacie family has a lawyew named scwuffy, and aftew the cake she baked him fow his Biwfday, I think he would absolutely take hew case
def animation..
I'm twuly sowwy about youw TV, but cleawly, the mansion is haunted..I'd get ghostbustews
smoochie kisses

Petey said...

Hmmm, Pee Wee wasn't trying to watch "Weekend at Bernies" out in the barn on the new tv set last week was he? That would explain A LOT!

Maybe Pee Wee's really a yellow lab and he's just gotten really singed!

Your pal,


Koobuss said...

Oh boy, you guys sure have a problem there. i hope that you are not radioactive. All those glowing eyes are scary.

I know that this sounds too simple, but did you try using a different HDMI cable? That's the first thing that I would try. If the same thing happens, then you know it's not the cable and you probably got a defective TV. My mom has a lot of HDMI cables running around here and has never seen a problem like that.

Good luck solving your problem. I hope that you get it fixed soon. HD is great! You'll really like it, and that's a beautiful new TV.

Let us know how you make out.

Love and Koobuss Kisses,

Randi said...

Dear Mango, Dexter & Mango-Momma..

..can't type much longer...head hurts...too much techie info...what language is your momma speaking? the only innie outtie I know is my belly button that covered in fur (my vet found it...)& I would never want that to get sparked...

...must lie down....too many toughts...Now I know how Mango feels most of the time...head hurts...

Love & Licks,

Bae Bae said...

Oh dear. I hope you get a new TV that works soon.
Sounds real scary that so many get "fried".
Too bad they didn't listen to your warning

~ Bae

Amber and Nala said...

Sparks are scary...especially after the fire. YIKES! Hope you figure it out and get to enjoy the new tv. :) Mango, I LOVE your bee costume. ;)

GoldenSamantha said...

HUH????? You lost me at smartly placing paws over eyes. You are a wonderfully entertaining writer, but your mom is way too techie for my ears - quite frightening! Hope she figures out what the voltage situation is soon. Congrats on the new TV to come.
Licks and HUgs xo Sammie

Huskee and Hershey said...

Gee.. sounds too difficult for a pup like me who only thinks about which toy to play with or which paw to chew...
The new TV looks great (if only it worked!!). Hopefully the replacement will perform better (and I don't mean sparks)!!

BenTheRotti said...

I'm afraid I'm not much use as I know nothing about such things. When Mum & Dad got their first LCD they plugged it in and ..... nothing.. just a sickly sweet smell of something toasting. (I didn't live with them at the time so I have no idea what she means)
It was 2 days before christmas and they couldn't deliver a replacement till after the new year so Mum & Dad had to drive 90 miles to exchange it .. on Christmas Eve!! can you imagine the traffic? the manic activity in the store? Mum says lots and lots of expletives were used! They got home with the replacement, plugged it all in and BANG!! Xmas Eve free firework display complete with smoke effect! Apparently after much screaming down the phone at the store manager he personally brought a replacement when the store closed.. that one worked fine and is still going good today 2 years later. Good thing really, I think Mum would have probably been cooking Store Manager for Xmas Lunch otherwise!! When Mum gets mad we all fully expect her to turn green and the seams of her clothes to split!

Hmmm Pee-Wee does kinda look supercharged.. maybe that is the problem.. Pee-Wee is superstaticlly charged and causing static bio-rhythms to course through the nearest conductor, in this case the HDMI cable.. thats it.. simple solution then.. pack Pee Wee in the TV box and send him to be destaticated!!

love and tailwags,

Ben xxx

Suzuki said...

Awww thats a shame and it looks like you could get a really good pikture on that tv! Mummy said she doesn't know anything about that sort of thing but I will ask Daddy and if he knows anything I will let him use my account to talk to your Mummy.
Big licks to you

Sally said...

Hi Mango,
your are a great dog. Beautiful.
I have generated a DOGBLOGLINK, would be glad if you and your friends would add yourself.

nice wuuuh

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Can't help with the problems but we are glad everyone is ok. That sounds like an eventful evening.

Snow fun when it is dark is great fun! :-)

Holly & Zac...XX

Maggie and Mitch said...

We're scared to death of fire and sparks and smoke - run for the hills as fast as you can! No more Animal Planet ever again!
Our dad was hooking up a ceiling fan in the guestroom yesterday - it's never had one before and it's all new wiring! Our paws are crossed that we don't experience a similar situation when the wire gets connected to the panel box! YIKES!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Martha Basset said...

Oh Mango
That sounds really scary - your poor mom must have been frightened!
You certainly dont expect that and then for the silly man not to listen to your good advice Mango.
We hope you get it all sorted out soon.
Have a good weekend.
Martha & Bailey xx

DogzRock! said...

Hey Mango u seem like a really gr8 dog and I would be honored if you would follow my blog.
If u do I will follow ur blog!!!
Travis The Dog!!!

Abby said...

Hi, Mango...

I'm gonna call the Geek Squad to come over to help me read all that...

Sorry...I'm totally lost...

Abby xxxooo

pam said...

You all have had enough sparks for now. We say keep the sparky box in the sleepy room forever.

And Pee-Wee does looks like he now glows in the dark. This could be trouble.

Bobo and Meja the Sharpei puppies

Stanley said...

Hey, Mango!

My girl is a geek, but not of the electronics and fix-it variety. Wish we could help trouble shoot.

Looks to me like Pee Wee might need to take it down a notch. He's glowing alright, and you may be next, man. Just watch him closely for the next few days! Don't want you spontaneously combusting or anything.

Glad you're getting a new TV without much hassle from the store. You never know with some places!

Hope the night games continue from now through the summer!

Goober love,

Toffee said...

I hope you get your super cool TV up and running soon - well at least before Mangominster 2010!

That was a hilarious and *shocking* tale...thanks for sharing! Okay, I guess not so funny for those who got jolt but funny for us following at home!

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the warm weather! (just think of all the mud you will get to play in once the snow melts!!).

Gus said...

We agree with the general consensus to leave the big thingy in the sleepy room until you get a replacement. You guys don't need any more sparky stuff for a while.

You might suggest to the store that they send someone out to install the new one...and don't take any finger pointing, you have eliminated any attempts to diagnose this as YOUR problem by plugging in the old TV.


Tom and Tama-Chan said...

YIKES is about all we can think to say on this one. It sounds to us like there is some faulty gear in there somewhere!

Your Pals,
Tom and Tama-Chan

Jake of Florida said...

We agree. YIKES. Our poor little wire foxie brains are all twisted at the idea that wires are somehow responsible. But we're glad that the spark-shooting monster has been exiled.

Our mom loved the part that no one believed your story until they had tried it for themselves...she knows certain people (male people????) who exhibit the same behavior!!

Wirey (of the non-shockable kind) love,

Jake and Just Harry

Dozer and Coop said...

Crikey! Between the shed and your TV you whole place could go up in flames! Get everyone library cards and forget about watching anything with moving pictures!

Love, Dozer, Dottie and Cooper

Anonymous said...

Heavens, the whole TV thing sounds like a TV show itself. ("Mango's family thought bought a normal TV...little did they know they were entering...THE TWILIGHT ZONE.") Hopefully the new TV will do the trick. Until then, have fun in the snow!

See ya!

Nibbles Treats said...

Sorry... you totally lost us with all the mumbo jumbo tech talk. We're just gonna wish you good luck and hope the tv works soon.

Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

Lady Kaos said...

Holy Cow! You guys becareful with all that electricity in your house!!!!
Mom says to tell your mom she's no help because she didn't understand a word your mom typed. When we moved into the new house the Bresnan cable guys were at our house 3 times with different cable boxes that were each bad. Finally we got a good one and Mom is afraid to unhook anything to dust or rearrange incase the cable box gets messed up again.
Good luck!

wally said...


The apes would all obviously benefit from listening to you since you knew the deal all long. Stupid.

I'm glad you only had sparks and smoke and no flames. No more fires, man.

wally t.

Deetz said...

When it rains it pours uh?
That is scary all that electricity and all.....
I loved watching your nightgames even though I saw your butt alot

The OP Pack said...

We have absolutely no clue what is going on there but it sure sounds scary - hope woo get it all figured out - guess the geeks weren't too much help.

Aside from all that, it was a great post, kept us laughing as usual. Mango Man, woo really know how to entertain us. Especially Mom.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

with love, Madison said...

Sorry this is SO INAPPROPRIATE but H-Mom is laughing about the GEEK SQUAD getting fried alive while MANGO tries to warn them. AHAHHAHAHAHA ... what would happen to their little geeky car? would they look like the wicked witch from Wizard of Oz and scream "I'm melting ..." hahahahahahhaha ...

Eric said...

No wonder pee Wee is glowing. You were right Mango. He is half wirey.
Hope the TV is sorted out.

Wiry (unplugged) wags, Eric xx

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...


First of all, I had nuthin' to do with this...or for your barn for that matter, as that's has been brought to my attention. (I do have an alibi for that day, but the dog in question is um well, shhh marr oh never mind.)

Secondly, we're thinkin' that you should just scrap the whole TV idea and play checkers or read library bookies out loud.

Or there's Scrabble.

That whole innie outtie thing and Peewee lookin' like he's half devil or somethin' is wayyyyyy to freakie...

Dunno, Mango...seems like ya got a live one there...hahahahahahahaaaaa!

Love and injured kisses...


Maverick the Pirate said...

Harrrrr Mango
Dont let Lisa the Mean touch it Harrr. It would burst in to flames Harrrr. Yer Cap'n would take back the tv it looks haunted Harrrr. Scary Harrrrrr. hope yer mom is ok and her hair is not sticking up Harrr. Be Safe Harrr.
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate

Noah the Airedale said...

Crikey sounds like the house could have ended up looking like the barn.....not good maties!!!!!

Noah x

Mack said...

Aww man. At least the peeps will be playing with you this weekend and not sitting in front of the movie box!

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

We're pretty sure your new TV is haunted! Sparky things scare us! Our dad is an electrician and he doesn't know what the problem is either. He says it's the TV! We sure hope BestBuy does the right thing and hooks up a new one for you!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Niamh said...

See what happens when silly people don't take Relentlessly Huge warnings? You tried Mango. It is there own fault that they got shocked.

I hope you get a new TV soon Mango. I am sure it was scary to see shocks and smoke at your estate.

Take care,

The Zoo Crew said...

I dunno what's happening but it sounds scary..... Mom says maybe just not watching TV is the solution??

River said...

My mom is getting ready to get one of those big screeny things so this may help her! She's had many times where people say 'never seen that happen before'--oh, please, we can't be the ONLy one in the world! I hope the new TV works like it should.

love & wags,

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We are so glad that you made sure no one got hurt. Even that geek, you would think he would have believed you!!!

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Sophie Brador said...

I have not a clue what is happening over there, but I am definitely better at being a beautiful diva than a elect twist city geek.


Minnie-Moo (Rescue Lab) said...

Hello Mango, that all sounds a bit scary! Glad the big TV has been moved out of the way.

Message for Dexter - thank you for visiting my blog. I would love you to ask Mango to add me to your list of friends :) I think you are rather handsome too. Muzzle will help me add a link to Mango's blog too.




WHAT A DAY! I can't believe all the trouble with your new telly. I do think something happened to peewee. Has he stopped glowing yet?

PS I have spring fevah really bad today. My mom said she may call on the RH to keep me in line. Silly threats don't work with me.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

This reminds me of the old episode of "Wings" where Lowell kept touching his screwdriver to a shorted-out light fixture on the theory that "maybe THIS time it won't shock me!"

Painter Pack said...

I know what the problem is! It's the MACHINES!!! They are coming to life just like in the Terminator TV show that mommy watches! Call that cutie pie John Connor! He'll save the day...and your TV!!

Mya Boo Boo
*I'll be back*

Land of Lincoln Labbies said...

OMD Mango.Shockies can be very scary. Although our Mom had to laugh when she thought about your momma telling the Geek squad what was going on and them standing their looking oddly at her because what was going on was impossible for them to believe. Mom has had this happen a few times and they give her what she calls is the crazy lady look. Getting a little shock will teach them not to believe you and want to try it for themselves! Hope you and Pee-Wee have made it through this most traumatic time with no singed fur.

Joe Stains said...

This makes my brain hurt and Tanner is now crying from thinking too hard. I sure hope you guys get it all worked out and that you get your super fabulous huge TV workin soon, because it is almost baseball season.