Technology and I don't always get along. When my mom and step dad bought me a Sirius XM Satellite Radio for Christmas, I was excited to listen to commercial-free music, but I thought getting it to work properly would be a major headache.
After I got home and opened the box, I discovered lots of pieces and paperwork. Sure, I could've read the instructions, but that would've required patience. Using my best judgment, I assembled the pieces and parts, placing the radio on my desk and hoping for the best.
To my amazement, it worked. There I was, with dozens of stations at my disposal, each one sounding as clear as the next. I'd pass the time switching from sports channels to new music, to 1990s hits to classic rock.
It went on like this for several months. Then, technology turned against me.
One day, while listening to the NASCAR station, the voices would come in and out, and a message appeared on the screen: "Acquiring Signal." I wiggled the antenna around and moved the radio from room to room, hoping for the best.
For a few weeks, that was a workable arrangement. The radio, however, decided to throw a new message into the mix: "Check Antenna Connection."
My old tricks weren't cutting it, so I dug the manual out of the radio's box in the basement. While flipping through it and dreading listening to FM radio again, I thought, "It would probably be easier to just Google this." I did - and it was.
Among the results for "How do I fix my Sirius radio?" was a YouTube video. An amateur videographer who owned one thought he could help.
After a few minutes, he had given me the information I needed. I simply had to jam the radio farther down onto its base, and now static and commercials are in the past once again for me.
For me, it's a great deal. For my neighbors, though, it's probably not.