We got the new TV, a 65″ Samsung Crystal UHD. It’s amazing. And now that we’ve got everything set up, we can really see how bad the picture got on the old 55″ Vizio, with a dark spot in the upper left quadrant and the lower half dim in vertical bands.
We got it last night because the bro had a galaxy brain moment. Well, let me back up a bit. He works third shift, so we usually go shopping around noon on weekends/right before work on weekdays, or after he wakes around 21:00. If we went in the morning, we’d have to deal with a packed store and very slow people wandering aimlessly around the parking lot, and all those other supremely wonderfully awful experiences you have when going to a big box store.
So, we got there about 22:00 and it was quiet. You didn’t hear children yelling, you didn’t have to dodge people just parked in the aisles, no piles of people just taking up space and consuming precious oxygen, so we grabbed our TV and were staring at the registers in minutes.
And the registers were open and available – no lines stretching halfway through children’s clothes or wrapping around into the fresh produce area.
We paid, got the security thingie removed, and were back in the parking lot lickety-split.
When we got home, I was like a kid on Christmas. I was on a mission to get everything set up. Reset the old TV to factory, took everything down, moved the bookshelves, shifted the TV stand, then dusted abd wiped everything down. That final moment, after the new TV got mounted and it turned on while we held our breath, was a little tense. But the TV chimed and the screen lit up with a “Please wait, configuring” message – our Altar to
Wasting Time Entertainment was complete.
And, let me point out, that in five years smart TVs have actually gotten smarter. It guided me through the setup and all I had to do was choose options, not type in novels with a pokey TV remote. Between the internet connection on the TV and my phone/camera taking pics of QR codes, I was done in ten minutes. It was more work lifting it up to hang on the rail than it was to get it to be a TV.
I am so pleased with this purchase. This TV cost ~$100 more than my bro’s 55″ when he got it, but it’s already much better than the old TV was before the screen issues.
So, yeah, most of my weekend plans are done. And it’s only 1/3 of the way through the weekend….
There’s this event called the “Pig in the Pond” that the bro thinks I need to see, if only for the food trucks, so we’re going later tonight. He’s going to get up early so we have time to explore, and I feel a little bad that he’s not going to be able to sleep in, but it should be fun.
I think I may just head over to Reddit to read more nosleep stories. T’is the season, after all – have fun, readers!