Last Thursday, our TV blew up. The screen went blue and then a "pop" sound, and then nothing.
We had gotten this TV from my mother last year. She got herself a 47" flat screen and gave us the old 36". It is not a flat screen and it is just HUGE!!! It must weigh 200 lbs!! We had a hell 0f a time getting it home and set up.
After it stopped working, I called mom to find out how old the TV was. This is how it went.
Me: "Hi Mom, do you know how old the TV was that you gave us last year?"
Mom: "Not old at all, only about 15 years, why?"
Me: "It's dead."
Mom: "What do you mean it's dead?" "It's practically brand new!" "Just take it to get it repaired."
Me: "First of all, it's not new, 15 years is quite a long life for a TV built after 1975." "Second, are there even TV repair men anymore?" And third, why would I get this one repaired when they are practically giving TVs away in this economy."
Mom: "Ooooohhhh, are you going to get a new TV then?"
Me: "I don't see where we have a choice." Meanwhile I am secretly dancing the happy dance because I am going to get a new TV!!!
So Matt and I have been looking at TVs. Last Sunday we went to Walmart for some stuff and we went over to the TVs. They had a very nice 32" flat screen LCD HDTV for $499. I thought it was great. We had a 36" one before, so this one wouldn't be too much smaller and the price was right.
But noooooo. When I showed it to Matt he shook his head, said "Too small" and went over to look at the 40". I looked at the 40" and thought they might be a little too big (read expensive) but all Matt said was "If I'm going to buy a new TV, I'm going to BUY a new TV." Jackass! So we left Walmart with no TV.
On Tuesday we went to Target to get a birthday gift. Once again, we meandered over to the TVs. Here I found a 40" flat screen LCD HDTV for right around the $1000 mark. I bring Matt over to show him. He makes a face and takes me over to see the 47". I draw the line!!! I am not spending $1500.00 on a TV. As much as I am jonesing for the Keep Up with the Kardashians reruns. Unless we become a Nielsen family and get paid to watch TV, this is over the top.
Matt's excuse? It would be so great after Christmas!!! (We happen to know what one of our Christmas presents is, I can't tell you, but it rhymes with Smintendo Smee.) We left Target, no TV.
Last night (11pm) we were at Meijer gathering a few last minute groceries. Not that I'm cooking, but we had a craving for those corned beef, cream cheese, pickle roll-up things.
Once again, we find ourselves in the electronics area. Here they have a beautiful, 40" flat screen LCD HDTV on sale for $899.00. It's PERFECT!!!!!! I even compromised ( as most of you know that's not something I do too often) He can get a BlueRay disc player (also on sale for $219.00)
Everyone happy, right? Nope. I still don't have a TV.
Me: "Let's just get this one."
Matt: "Let wait until Friday."
Me: " BUT I HAVEN'T HAD A TV FOR A WEEK!!!"
Matt: "Becky, get up off the floor and stop kicking and screaming!" "Your embarrassing me!!!"
Matt: "There could be a really good deal on Friday!"
Me: "Fine, but you have to go wait in line, I'm not stepping one foot towards a store."
So we'll see what happens. I'll keep you posted.