The Rules of Remote Control Handling
Remote handling is like driving a car- everyone swears they are above average at it, but math tells us half of the population isn't. Have you ever met anyone who said, "I watch terrible shows on TV and should never hold a remote control."? Of course you haven't.
Some say it is both an art AND a science. If that is true, allow this to be your paint-by-numbers periodic table.
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Rules of Remote Retention- This one really depends upon your house rules. Some domestic edicts mandate that upon leaving the room, the Remote Handler must give the remote to someone else. This was borne of necessity because we found that selfish remote handlers would take the remote control with them into the restroom or into the kitchen (or both). Upond mandating that the remote was not to leave the family room it lead to two things: 1) before leaving the room, the remote handler would hide the remote control somewhere (in the cushions of the couch, under the couch, in a potted plant, etc.), OR upon leaving the room, the Handler would give his successor the remote by hurling it at his unsuspecting junk. <p><p><p> However, If you do not adopt this rule and you're Handling and have to leave the room for some reason, it's best to try to leave in the middle of something suspenseful so your constituents are too focused on the television to notice that the remote is up for grabs and you can reclaim it upon returning to your seat.