Tech Transition

We experienced a gadget revolution recently at Chez Mindful Life. The huge clunker television, which Husband acquired prior to meeting me, blew a convergence IC or amp (or something technically complex that I don’t understand). Although he rarely purchases anything, he enjoys learning about the latest in high-end stereo and television components. This machine was his pride and joy, a 50-inch screen 4×3 CRT Rear Projection HDTV. I hated the thing. It was enormous, boxy, black, and it overwhelmed any room it occupied. This became especially true after we moved to California, when the living room was too small to have the TV and bookcases; we put it in the guest bedroom, and the giant eyeball dominated it.

Imagine my barely suppressed joy when he decided that paying $600 to fix it wasn’t a good investment, since the machine had four other of the same thingies that could blow at some point. Besides, it had “outlived” its original lifespan; he’d had it seven years. I negotiated for a smaller screen. We went down to 42 inches — not a lot smaller, you’d think, but we also chose a plasma screen, which meant it would be skinnier. The new television now sits on top of a 3.5 foot tall bookcase — out of reach of small hands (should we ever have a child). It was an excellent value at the price we paid, and the high definition screen is all it’s cracked up to be.

We also upgraded to a new DVD player. I can’t remember the reasoning he gave, as the one we had works fine. Yet since he rarely buys things (he’s a man of simple wants), I wasn’t opposed. But then we had the task of figuring out what to do with the old devices.

Enter Freecyle. If you have stuff you want to just get rid of, that you don’t want to lug to Goodwill or try to sell, there is a community of people just dying to take it off your hands. I sent out notices to Freecycle Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. Within half an hour I had a dozen responses for the DVD player, which has now been picked up. A bit later I got a nibble for the television. Someone is on his way over to look at it and, I hope, pick it up today. At 217 pounds and dimensions of 43 x 51 x 21 inches, moving it requires a truck. We shall see. I’m looking forward to its absence so I can get into the garage again.

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4 Comments on “Tech Transition”

  1. William Sackinger Says:

    When do you find the time to watch TV?
    And, what redeeming social value do you encounter on today’s available DVD’s?

  2. Nacho Says:

    Oh, husbands don’t need a reason Kathryn! : ) We are just right about such things, and it is best to let us do as we must. It is part of male genetics. At least that’s what I tell my wife… : )

    Have fun and enjoy!

  3. Kathryn Says:

    Thanks, Nacho. 🙂

    Bill, we record shows we like so we can watch at our convenience. I don’t watch very many, and when I do I’m usually knitting at the same time. Husband watches more TV than I do — he uses it as a sort of background sound while he writes compter code. Before I met him, I owned a 13 inch TV and rarely turned it on. But I do find there are some interesting shows worth watching either for education or entertainment.

    As for DVDs, we usually rent a movie a few times a month. The idea of paying $10 per person to go to the theater doesn’t appeal, but there are a few movies that are worth seeing. My husband is more the film buff… it’s one of his hobbies. In addition, I have a couple of yoga DVDs that I like to use.

  4. donna Says:

    Back in the day before we had kids, we owned a 9″ color TV that we rarely watched. Amazing how soon we got a large TV after the eldest, now 20, was born, and a VCR.

    I watch next to nothin’ these days, though. My entertainment is almost exclusively online.