The Replacement TV Vow

Here’s a somewhat relevant post to Black Friday that has nothing to do with getting the best deals.  I’m sure there’s a million posts that you can read today about this topic, so I thought I’d post about one bit of shopping I won’t be doing.  Unless our TV breaks 🙂
In 1997, I was a year out of college.  A buddy and I moved in together to a cheap apartment as we were both on entry level jobs that also had entry level salaries.

One of the luxuries I allowed myself was a new TV.  For the times, it was a pretty awesome TV.

It was a 32″ Toshiba, that’s about all I know now, though at the time I probably could have told you more specifics.

Old tellies

Compared to what’s out now, it’s pretty basic.  It only has one set of inputs for an auxiliary connection, so we have to unplug and re-plug in stuff anytime we want to switch between the DVD player and the Wii.  But, that was probably pretty common then?

I remember being really proud of that purchase back then. It was sort of a status symbol thing.  A lot of my friends had moved out on their own and no one had a TV over 30″ at the time.  And at $800 or so, that was huge money for a guy not making too much money.

Nowadays, of course, that TV is pretty antiquated.  32″ is nothing.  I don’t think they even sell tube TVs that small anymore.  And even the most basic TV has a whole row of inputs.

Still, I’d always said that I planned on keeping that TV for as long as it works.  So far, that’s held true.

It’s been tempting to replace it with a flat screen.  Especially when I watch some of the NFL football games on our flat screen (also a 32″) in our bedroom with HD.  Sports, as it turns out, were meant to be watched in HD!

But, as soon as I go back down to the old TV, I’m fine with what I see.

And so far, the TV is holding out strong.  There was a false alarm a few months ago when the bottom of the screen had some strange colors, but a quick Google search told me that something magnetized had probably been placed near it, and it just needed to be power cycled to degauss it.  Worked.

I still plan on keeping with my promise.  The only way I might break it is if the Lions somehow made it to the Super Bowl in which case it’d be a crime not to watch that in HD, right?  🙂

Do you have any stuff that you put a keep-it-til-it-dies policy on?