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The New TV

April 18th, 2015 at 09:49 am

I am sure that buying a new tv is nothing to most of the members of this forum, but to us (dh and I0 it is a very big deal.
First let me say, we have 3 tv's. One is seldom used. It is upstairs in my husband's office. He has his drafting table there (yes, he still draws all his house plans the old fashioned way, with pencil) and I have my computer there.
Our second tv is in the kitchen-dining part of the house and is used quite a bit in the evenings.
After supper, we watch the 3rd tv in the bedroom.

When DH built this house 20 years ago, he put the kitchen tv and the bedroom tv into built in cabinets. That way, we could close the door and no one would suspect that we had a tv in the room.

Our tv's are quite old. I know we bought the upstairs one with us from Fla. and that was 30 years ago. Yes, it still works great!

Our bedroom tv is the problem. About 2 years ago, the remote quit working. I can remember well when tv's had no remotes. You had to get up to change the channels. Guess what? That still works; so I get up and change the channel. (I can also remember when we had only 3 stations and color tv cost $600, so we only had black and white for many years)

A few days ago, something happened to the picture. It is now a terrible picture, much lighter on one side than the other.

The decision, we need a new tv!! First of all, to find one small enough to fit into the cabinet. It could not be any bigger than 21 inches. We bought the smallest one they had at wal mart. It fits, but you cannot close the cabinet door.

It is hard to believe that the new tv can be held in just one hand! The old tv was huge and dh had to struggle to get it out. (I bet it weighs easily over 100 pounds)

WE are extremely old fashioned (remember, I have never had a cell phone, nor do I want one), so this new tv was a mystery to us. Somehow, we got it working, we don't know how. I did have to go thru each chanel, one by one, to get the chanels to program in. I am sure there was an easier way.

We also, could not believe the price, $129. WE have always paid $400 or more for a tv. When your tv acted up, you called a tv repairman. I am sure they don't exsist anymore.

So, we have a tv in the bedroom now that works with a remote. I cannot say that I like the sound on the new tv as well as the old one. I guess we take the old tv to the dump! It kind of makes me feel sad to just throw it away.

WE even stopped and looked at new laptop computers while we were there, cause I do need a new computer. Mine is about 10 years old and is giving me trouble. I did not understand the new computers at all. I don't think we will ever make it into the modern world.

Heck, I even married a man 7 years younger than me so that he could figure out all this stuff! He hasn't been able to figure out all the stuff in his new car yet!

Guess I will go and watch the Braves game on my old tv upstairs in the office. It belonged to my mother and she died in 1978, so I don't know just how old the tv is??

11 Responses to “The New TV”

  1. Buendia Says:

    A tv would be a major purchase for us, too! I am shocked that they're $129! I would have thought in the $400 range, too. I think we bought our tv about 15 years ago. It's not really a tv... it's just the screen that my husband and daughter use for their FIFA soccer game. When I watch shows, I watch on my computer...

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    I confess I've never paid for my own TV. My parents bought me a small one and a VCR for college in 1992, and that one served me until a friend gave us one he was getting rid of in about 1998, though I kept the other one for the bedroom. Another friend gave us his old one a few years after that, so we had a decent sized one for the living room and for the bedroom. Finally the bedroom one's picture quality gave out, so we asked my parents for one for Xmas. They sent us $600 and we bought a flat-screen, about 30 inches. That was in 2007 or so. It was the first one I purchased but still haven't used my own money for one. That's next; we want a wall-mounted TV when we eventually redecorate!

  3. DeniseNTexas Says:

    When I moved into my apartment about 5 years ago I spent $225 on my TV. The same basic model, upgraded a little, now sells for about $139. Amazing!

    Enjoy the new TV. :-)

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    The price on new TVs has really gotten low.
    Enjoy using your new remote. Smile

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    Enjoy your new tv! We do have some big ones that you definitely can't hold in one hand and they were much more than $129!

  6. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I haven't bought a TV in 10 years since we moved into our house. We are tech addicts and my dh is dying for a new TV so he won't have to use a switch for HDMI outputs. Anyway we'll likely keep the one we have for bedroom like we did before and then get a new family tvm

  7. snafu Says:

    You might try reading the manual to figure out all the easy to use features. You'll get used to all the features really quickly. If you don't have the manual, you can print it from the on-line site. If you have difficulty understanding the terminology, there is always a tech number to call for help. If you don't use the service offered people lose their job.

  8. Amber Says:

    Aw thanks for sharing. We finally got rid of our old TV and I think that thing weighed a ton, so I understand. Enjoy it!

  9. CB in the City Says:

    I just got a flat-screen HD-TV for the first time this Christmas when my kids gave me one. I was very glad my son was there to program and set it up. I would have been helpless. Technology has gone way past me!

  10. Ima saver Says:

    CB, I agree. I wish we had someone to help us. DH was trying to do something last night and lost the picture on every channel for over an hour. We just can't figure it out!

  11. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I've never bought a TV. Smile All the tv's I've ever had were either gifts or hand-me downs. I don't currently own one, and don't plan on getting one anytime soon.

    But I do understand where you're coming from - when I've been at my mom's or my brother's where they have the fancy schmancy tv's, it takes me a bit to figure them out.

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