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Drag Me Into the 21st Century

January 8th, 2010 at 10:12 am

Last night my husband reminisced when, a few years ago I said "I don't want a cell phone, pffft, why talk when you are walking around?". I distinctly remember saying that.

bleh, I mean oops.

He says if we were in the cave age, I would poo-poo the wheel and insist on carrying stuff around with my arms.

*sigh* he is probably right.

This past few months he has put up with me kvetching about his wanting a big screen TV. We had a 27" Sony Trinitron I bought in my pre-marraige days 20+ years ago. In my opinion, it wasn't broken, why replace it!? Nevermind the digital signal brouhaha, that one in/out jack was hopelessly unworkable, and that I blew the TV speakers in those younger days (can you say turn it up too loud??). He had wired the system through a stack of stereo components with a separate pair of speakers, CD player, tape player, etc. And the picture was fine, all was well.

Anyway, he had done his homework. Been watching the price go lower than he ever imagined, researched on the types, and was determined to get a return or open box to knock another $100 or so off the price.

I was never in favor. But agreed cautiously contingent upon a painting of the living room!!

Why? The Sony was in a 80s era entertainment center. Y'know, the kind with those 3 big cabinets, with glass doors, etc. It was still handsome, unfinished blond wood, but certainly a bit dated. But the big screen would NOT fit in the old TV opening and the cabinets would have to go.

We also had wall mounted VHS and CD racks. These would have to come down for the painting. And probably not go back up since we really were phasing out the VHS stuff.

I knew by removing them, the living room would sadly show the need for a fresh coat of paint after 15 years. I did not want a complete remodel of the living room and was OK with just using the same color.

So there was the plan. Over my 2-week 'vacation' EVERYTHING in the living room was to be packed, moved, and made ready for painting. We would do the work ourselves. I would do all the prep and brush work, DH would do the big rolling.

It was accomplished. Without too much pain, but alot of effort.

And in the process, yes, DH found exactly what he wanted at the big box electronics store. A Sony Bravia, open box, huge deal the week before Christmas. I think he paid only about the same as what I paid for the old Trinitron 20 years ago. So much for inflation.

It took another week and a couple phone calls wheeling and dealing with the provider to get the HD signal (and my DH is a pro at wheeling and dealing).

And guess what? I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

my mistake, I'll just shut up now

2 Responses to “Drag Me Into the 21st Century”

  1. yolanda Says:

    Ha! I remember those tv's I had one myself bought it circa 1985-86... I think mostly everybody in the family had one... Now I am ready for a new one, I dread the cleaning, painting, but I know it'll be good in the end. Enjoy yours!

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    Glad you love it! You know, it really is heart-warming for a gadget freak like me to hear women warming up to stuff like this.

    I really do think that a big screen TV is the 21st century equivalent of the fireplace, since modern homes have gone to central heating. With it, you can still snuggle up together with a hot beverage on cold nights and watch your favorite shows together.

    I say this even though I myself do not have a big screen yet. (Mine is 24") Some day, I may have one, but not just yet....

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