And that I wondered often how it is that I managed to spend about 15 years in IT without ever becoming one of those really useful people who can help when your computer stops behaving.
I mean, until recently I couldn't even work out how to get a DVD to play in our Playstation.
And yet, when it comes to my mum's Freeview television set-up, I am the guru.
My brother, who is no techie, can't fix it when my mum suddenly loses her picture.
My mum, obviously, can't fix it.
The boy probably could do it with his eyes closed, both arms lopped off at the shoulder and only one working leg. But he doesn't have to, because I have always been able to fix it.
To be honest, there are only three "fixes" in my box of tricks:
- press the input button in case someone tried to change channels with the wrong remote
- check that the Freeview box is on, in case someone tried to turn the telly on with the wrong remote
- turn the Freeview box off and on again, in case it's neither of the above.
But so far I have been able to get the telly going again every time. it does feel nice to be the guru in my mum's Freeview tv universe.