2010-12-16 New HDTV
big TV that weighs 4,280 lbs. finally gave up the ghost recently.
It was still playing but would sometimes make strange noises as the
picture went weird on us.
we decided to take the plunge and buy one of the new wide-screen
HDTVs. We settled on a Phillips 47 inch 1080p 120Hz LCD
model. I had my eyes on a Sony Bravia 55 inch LED model with
internet capability but the Phillips was only half as much. It's
probably a close out model that will go on sale next week for half what
I paid for.
also had to buy a tv table / stand / whatchamacallit-thingamabob for
the new tv. The stand comes from China where the instructions to
piece it together were translated from Mandarin to English by an
ignorant Swahili. You've seen the type instructions, "Put tab 4 into slot
A, three (3) screws ZZ into hole QB, and so on in logical
sequence." It was so simple, any 13-year-old with 20 years
experience and an MIT degree could do it.
So we cheerfully
invited our 13-year-old grandson over to help.
For the rest of the day we fielded the endless questions, "What's this
for?" and "Can I do it? Let me do it. I know how to do that." It
only took us 10 hours to put the thing together.
Mounting the HDTV on the stand of course took all of 15 minutes. That
was the first time we mounted it which, naturally, was too low for anything to go under it.
By then it was evening. My
grandson had urgent business elsewhere, something about a video game he desparately needed to play, and called his
mom to come get him.
was alone with Linda again. Together we un-mounted the TV,
removed the pedestal from its base, adjusted the mounting hardware, and
mounted it back again. The HDTV installation gods must have smiled on us. We got it right
the 2nd try.
tv stand is a handsome piece carefully modeled not to go
with any other furniture in our living room. The engineering is
as flawless as the craftsmanship. There are two drawers in the
center slightly too
large to store DVDs and VCR tapes. It has two storage bins,
one on either side of the drawers, with adjustable shelves.
There are attractive glass doors cleverly designed to obscure the
remote control from getting through. This is not a problem
because the shelves are too small for my
equipment to fit any way but sideways. This of course renders the IR receivers inaccessible to anyone but tiny
little elves with miniature remote controls.
this reason I've determined the tv stand must have been manufactured
by elves like the Keebler Cookies variety except not as
We arranged our DVD players and sound system on top in an
attractive manner. This places all my dials, knobs, and switches
at the precise height for our toddler
grandchildren. What a smart way to entertain the kiddies.
Why didn't I think of that!
called Dish Network to come fix our satellite thingy. We're among those evil consumers who actually want to watch
our new TV instead of just look at it. With just an 18 year
extension to our contract and $75 cash our technician should
arrive to do the job in 6 to 8 weeks. For Christmas, we're thinking of
decorating the new tv with ornaments and placing presents around the base.