Actually, it was to be an early Christmas, birthday and anniversary present for Hubby and me; this was the only way we could justify the cost. Yes, we are of the generation and ilk which has to justify cost when it comes to “unnecessary” things.
This “almost” gift was in the form of a 40-inch screen TV. Truth be told, it was really a gift for me, because Hubby was satisfied with the 24-inch screen we have. Being such a nice fellow, however, he felt since I watched more TV than he does, maybe I knew better. Maybe we were swayed by all the “good deals” out there over the weekend; it’s pretty hard not to hear or read about them. Off we went to buy our TV; bypassing the 32” which was our first consideration, and over to the wall with those big guys calling out to me, “You’ll love me, don’t worry that you don’t have a big enough space; I’ll fit myself in.” We came home with the TV, trying not to think about the big amount that would show up on our next Discover bill.
Our free Saturday afternoon suddenly turned into a moving day; first unhook all the wires from the two TVs involved in this move, taking care to remember what went where. The big decision was how to break up the entertainment center which was custom made at Carrell’s in Ellettsville to fit in a spot at our Graybrook home in Owen County. Turns out it fit right into a perfect spot here, as well, but was only big enough for a 25-inch TV. Once we figured out how it would partially fit in the sunroom where our present TV was going, we began the process of moving furniture. Turns out we were able to switch parts of the furniture from each room.
Everything is in place, now it’s time to hook the TV up and get the U Verse running again. Wasn’t long ‘til I was wondering why I hadn’t taken a picture before removing all the wires. To make a long story short, after many tries, it was obvious that we didn’t know what we were doing; resulting in no TV, no phone, no Internet. This is Saturday night and I had my heart set on watching the Colts win their first game of the season on the big guy; that 40” TV that didn’t quite fit the stand we had for it, but with a little juggling and future alterations on the piece of furniture it would work. (Isn’t it funny how denial works?)
Finally, I called for technical support, and after a frustrating few minutes the female technician said, “I can’t figure out what you’ve done over the phone; so we’ll have to send a technician out tomorrow.” I was feeling guilty enough already, so was not going to miss church for a TV fix. It was scheduled after noon time. A very nice, knowledgeable, young man came and had the problem solved in 30 seconds. We were one wire off, plus a few other things had gotten knocked out of whack. See why they’re called technicians and we’re not? He even set up the 40-inch set and reset the remotes, and there we were right in the first quarter of the Colts game, feeling pretty excited about watching the “soon to be win” on our new set.
Then a not so funny thing happened: I began to look at that big TV as an elephant in the room, taking over and telling everything else to find its own space. Also, I went back and forth between the two rooms and the picture on the smaller set looked much clearer, and I began to wonder, though didn’t want to say, “Am I sure we did the right thing?” Besides that other one cost so much. I did like seeing Peyton and Marshall Manning on the big screen, I must say; what a cute baby! Hubby says I say that about all babies, and my answer is, “Why not?”
I didn’t sleep so well Sunday night, and first thing Monday morning announced, “We’re taking that TV back; a 32-inch screen is as large as we need!” “Are you sure?” asked Hubby, who seemed relieved when I assured him I was.
We watched very carefully which two wires we unhooked and wrote a note even; I didn’t want to call U Verse again and explain to that nice young man who came on Sunday that I changed my mind. I took the TV back, and when I told the young woman at the counter why I was returning it, she laughed and said, “A TV screen can never be too big!” I held my ground and said I wanted to exchange it for a smaller one. They were very nice about making the exchange; it took just a few minutes.
A 32-inch TV sits in the place of the big guy, and settled in nicely, with no attitude of “I own the place.” We watched it last night and agreed that the old one was too small for the room, but this one will do nicely.
Now we have the really out of date TV set to get rid of; you know the big bulky kind that weighs about a thousand pounds. It served us well.
So now we still have an early Christmas present, but I asked Hubby if we could scratch the birthday and anniversary part since I saved us so much money. He shrugged and said, “A deal’s a deal.”
Don’t worry, I’ll find a way around that.
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