do you freak when you can't find your remote control!

United States
June 10, 2009 6:39pm CST
I just lost control! Now I am a pretty disciplined person, but my remote needed the batteries changed and when I changed them I had to re-program it! I couldn't find where I wrote the number I needed to program it! I went nuts!! I was wondering how many of us really lose it when something goes wrong with our remote!!... or am I all alone????
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@lelin1123 (15635)
• Puerto Rico
10 Jun 09
This is funny because my daughters remote control is missing for a few days now. We have checked every where and it can't be found. They went a little crazy not understanding how the remote control can't be found and now they have decided just to go and buy a universal remote.
• United States
10 Jun 09
Ugh!! I just bought this universal remote a few weeks ago!!! I gotta have it!!! I think couches eat remotes...
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@check23 (448)
• Philippines
11 Jun 09
We all do. lol =D When that happen and you're close to losing control, just stop looking for it. Sometimes it just come out from nowhere when you're not searching. I think people spend a total of months of their whole life in just finding the remote. I've seen it in one of the commercials in Nat Geo. Sometimes you can learn from commercials so you should watch it too sometimes. =D
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• United States
11 Jun 09
Oh yeah, I flip past National Geographic too!! I try to keep it in the same place all the time so I don't lose it... just like I do my keys!! I am getting older and I am trying to make it a little easier on myself! ... I hope!
@check23 (448)
• Philippines
12 Jun 09
Good thinking. Just keep in mind that you need to place it there and I hope you never lose it again. =D
• United States
11 Jun 09
I get upset too. The remote i use for the tv in my living room is having issues. The last(the button you punch to get to the previous channell you were on) is not working. Sometimes I don't remember the number of the channell i was looking at previously and I hav to go to the guide and look. Its not like that is something I should get upset about, but it just ruins the flow of watching tv.
• United States
11 Jun 09
Oh no! Time to buy a new remote!!! The "back" button is of vital importance to those of us who are major channel flippers!!! you never know what you just almost missed!!!
• United States
12 Jun 09
I know!!! It gets on my nevers so bad cause Im a channell flipper big time during commericals. I dont know why its just that button, every other button is fine.
• United States
11 Jun 09
Oh it's a crisis at my house when a remote is missing. My son freaks out when we can't find the TV remote so he can switch over to channel 3 so he can play on his gaming system... My husband also has the knack of losing our cordless phone and what makes the matter worse is that he often loses one of our cordless phone's that has the ringer tuned off and so it's extra hard to find because we can't hear it ringing and the paging ring on it doesn't work when we page it from the base because the ringer is off half the time...lol
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• United States
11 Jun 09
Lol!! Maybe you need to hook up a ringer to the remote and then turn it up so that you can call it when you lose it... you know I am surprised no one has come out with that yet! It's a great idea... then you could just use your phone to call your remote and when it rang you'd know right where it is!!!
• United States
11 Jun 09
HAHAHA! That's funny ..LOL.. I also thought that maybe we should place one of those beaded chain's onto the remote and attach it to the side of the t.v..( the type of chains banks and grocery store's sometimes use on their ink pen's to keep people from stealing or losing them. Something has to be done that's all I know!- And with the phone just replace it with a desk phone or something too big to lose, my husband didn't like that ideal..lol.
@relikie (125)
• United States
10 Jun 09
Wow! This is freaky. Just a few minutes ago I found out that the remote that controls our T.V is missing! I freaked out and I am still wondering where it is. I looked all over and I just can't find it. Oh well, I hope someone else manages to find it!
• United States
10 Jun 09
Ugh!!! I hope you find it!! I have to have the remote now!!! I watch tv while working some and don't like the commercials!!
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@relikie (125)
• United States
11 Jun 09
Thanks! We still haven't found it, but I haven't been looking lol. I hope we find it soon, because it's the only control that can turn the TV on and off and change the volume!
• United States
10 Jun 09
I change the channel manuallly when my remote control gets lost or broken. It's not that big of a problem for me but I do hate to get out of the couch when I'm all comfortable. Then again, I don't watch much TV.
• United States
10 Jun 09
I don't typically watch too much tv myself. But when I do watch, I hate the commercials so I mute them! I find most of them very annoying... and I really don't like getting up! I guess I've become lazy and "remote-dependant"! ...but... I work at the computer while the tv is on ... so that's why I don't like to get up it interupts me too much!! :)
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• United States
10 Jun 09
Oh I see. I don't like comercials either and my brother usually watches annoying cartoons when I'm on the computer so I wish I could mute that too.
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@x_Jo_x (1041)
11 Jun 09
I really do lol! The easy option would to just get up and change the channel myself, but i always spend ages looking for the conrtols for some reason, its like just a reaction to losing something, "to find it!". Im not lazy or anything, i WOULD get up and change the channel, but for some reason i just prefer using the controls!
• United States
11 Jun 09
Oh no! I'd be up trying to find the remote and miss the whole show just because I couldn't find the thing! lol!! I have to have the independence of changing channels while I am watching plus...I need the mute button for commercials.
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
11 Jun 09
I don't totally lose it or totally freak out when I have lost the remote control, but I have gotten very aggitated when it has happened. I don't know why that is. I mean I grew up in the days where it was a luxury to have a remote control. During those times the only remote control in my family's house was myself and my brother getting up all the time to change the channel for the adults who were watching television, lol! But now these days people act like it's the end of the world if they can't find the darn thing. Like I said I get aggitated but then I get up and walk to the television and change the channel like in the old days until I find the remote again. They should make some sort of alarm on a remote that if you lose it you can just clap or push a button on the television and the remote will beep. Like on a cordless phone if you lose the phone you push the button on the base and the handset will beep so you can locate it. For some people though I can see why they get totally upset because there are some televisions where there aren't any buttons on the television itself to allow a person to change the channel manually. If I had a television like that then i would completely freak out if I lost the remote control to that because you couldn't do anything until you found it.
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• United States
11 Jun 09
I hear you on the "when we were kids" thing!! I was our first remote control too! We would have thought it silly to "need" something like that! But here we are ... not able to live without it! LOL!! I almost will not watch tv without it. I agree we need beepers on the remotes... but we'd probably loose the base! lol!!
• Morocco
11 Jun 09
you are disparate my friend , it is something which is silly to freak out when you loose the remote control.All what you have to do is to search for it , if you don't find it , go buy another one , so easy !! It happens to me all the times ,so this is the experience who talks and you should listen to it . I want to help and I hope that I did , good luck !!
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• United States
11 Jun 09
Oh, sure... it really is an easy answer.. BUT.. what if it's ten seconds from the start of your favorite show or the show you've been waiting all week to watch.. or it's 5 minutes into the playoffs!!! ugh!!! There's no time to go buy another!! And... since you cannot find the remote you can't set your DVR to record it either!!!
• Malaysia
11 Jun 09
Well it never cam into my mind if I were a remote control freak till I read this post. Now I would admit I am a remote control freak. I need to have it in my hands while watching and if I do not have it then I would prefer not to watch. LOL. As one of the respondent said, its incorpeted in human gene. LOL
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• United States
11 Jun 09
Oh, absolutley have to have my fingers on the remote while I watch tv.. or something's just not right!!! Yep!! And I can flip channels at any time but if someone else does it it drives me nuts!! funny...
@jessi0887 (2792)
• United States
11 Jun 09
Well I always put my remote controls up. I am very good about that, but having a two year old running around well thats just it. He hides everything and if I dont find it that day then I just may not find it for weeks. There are times where he hides sippy cups for weeks before I find them hidden under dressers or behind the tv stand. Well two months ago he hid one remote. Well I dealt with it for a few weeks untill he lost the second remote. I started pulling up everything and luckily found both remotes. Well last week you guessed it he hid another remote. I still haven't found it yet. He is real tricky and I dont have the time or energy to do that kind of search again.
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• United States
11 Jun 09
lol! The newspaper headline reads: local two-year-old outsmarts mom... she now takes him to the park more frquently.. said something about the tv not working!" My son used to hide things too! I know the feeling!! DId you ever ask him .. he may not be able to show you where he hid it yet but eventually he will!
• India
11 Jun 09
well i just go mad when i am not able to find the remote control........because i am very lazy person and i hate getting up regularly and going to the tv to change the channels......my father has this tendency of hidding the remote from me...when i don't listen to hi or when i don't work......he knows that i really get irritated when i don't find the remote.....
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• United States
11 Jun 09
I guess when you start looking for the missing remote you wonder what you did to your dad! huh? :) That's a really mean trick if you ask me!!
@whizkid08 (715)
• India
11 Jun 09
Lol, yea I do get frustrated when I can't find the remote. Actually, it becomes difficult to keep all the remotes at their respective places. I have a remote for my music player, one for DVD player, one for TV, another one for AC and one for my PC as well.. Gosh! Its such a mess when even one of them goes missing..
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• United States
11 Jun 09
Sheesh!! You may need to designate a specific drawer as a "remote" drawer so you can keep all of them in the same place!! I can't imagine if more than one of them comes up missing!! ugh!! If you have the drawer you can keep like wii controls and other elctrical gadgets in there too!!
@sameroad (3180)
• United States
11 Jun 09
lol no i don't freak out...but my dad sure does. he freaks out and starts looking all over the place and will ask you 5000000000 times where its at, where did you put it, help me find it, come on where is it?... it can be kind of annoying. just chill out it'll show up is what i tell him and it always does.
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• United States
11 Jun 09
lol! Yep!!! You know... it takes the whole family to find a lost remote control! lol!!! My dad just used me for the remote when I was a kid, since we didn't have one back then!!!
@leyisa (487)
• Canada
11 Jun 09
Haha - It's funny you ask this b/c right before I logged on right now, I spent 10 mintues trying to find my remote control inorder to change the TV channel - Ofcourse it would have taken me 2 seconds to manually change the channel, but nooooo..I had to find the remote...It gets very annoytin gsometimes..
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• United States
11 Jun 09
lol! Yep... I have done the walk by the tv 100 times looking for the remote thing too! That's funny. When I was a kid, I was daddy's remote... maybe I need counseling! LOL!
• Indonesia
11 Jun 09
I don't freak when I can't find the remote control, because I work from 9 to 5 and rarely watch TV. But my mom does freaks when she lost the remote control or she can't find her favorite channel because something wrong with the remote . Usually she would call me and ask me to give guidance of what she should do to fix the remote. So it's more like online tutorial for her
• United States
11 Jun 09
lol at online tutorials!!! I know remotes have become increasingly complicated though!!! I don't usually watch a lot of tv either, but I am in a difficult situation and it is on much more lately!!! but I gotta have that remote!!!
@hsofyan (3447)
• Jakarta, Indonesia
11 Jun 09
Just like my wife. Panic if there is no TV remote or TV channel that she was like. She is very disciplined watching TV. Sometimes I like to hide the TV remote or changed TV channel number, and she witnessed the search for a loss. But I wonder, why change the battery for the remote can change the TV channel? Or I misinterpret?
• United States
11 Jun 09
I like your wife!! there are only certain things I am willing to watch too... but I hate commercials! So I must have the mute button handy!!!
• United States
11 Jun 09
Everything goes nuts when the remote goes missing! Our TV's power button is gone, so the remote is the only way to turn it on! No remote = no TV. Oh well, the remote is man's best friend. Well one of them at least. =D
• United States
11 Jun 09
I am with you there... remote being man's almost best friend.. man's very best friend would have to be who ever finds the remote!!
@sid556 (30987)
• United States
17 Jun 09
no not me. my daughter broke my remote nearly 3 years ago and my tv was useless. On occassion, I watched the tv in my other daughter's room but I'm not a tv person so replacing the remote was bottom on my list of priorities. I did recently replace it and can now use my tv again.
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• United States
19 Jun 09
It's good to not be a good tv watcher, but you're still a little attached since you found an alternative way to catch some! :) Then you sprung for the money to get another remote.. which makes it lf at least a little importance!! lol!!
@sid556 (30987)
• United States
23 Jun 09
very true.
@prinzcy (5034)
• Malaysia
13 Jun 09
Nah, I can live if my tv's remote control is gone. As the matter of facts, we don't have a remote now since it's damaged by someone and can't be use again. I don't intend to buy a new one yet. My only problem is when my DVD player's remote control gone or not working. How can I control the DVD then? There's button on the player but only the basic of Play, Pause, Next and Previous. I hate it when I can control my DVD.
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• United States
13 Jun 09
lol!! It's the same addiction; just a different remote!! lol!! I have a portable dvd player that you can only navigate through the menu with the remote. WHy would they make it like that, I wonder? It's okay when you just put in a movie and press play, but we are watching seasons of shows and you have to go back to the root menu each time to select the next episode! I get a little frustrated when the remote acts like it's not going to work!
@prinzcy (5034)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 09
That sux!!! I never own a portable player but I know how many episodes in a series. If you need to keep going back to the root to continue, I better stick with the DVD player at home. There's at least hundreds of episodes in one season. At the DVD player will play it continuously after the Play button.