August 04, 2005

tragedy strikes

I woke this morning in my normal form: I emerged from sleep many minutes shy of my cellphone's alarm going off, so I immediately reset it for a more reasonable time. I rolled over in bed and stretched a bit, then felt around my bed for the television remote, the remains of sleep still in my eyes. I pressed the power "ON" for the tv, and switched channels from Home & Garden TV to the local Fox Morning News (I know, I know - but they entertain me - I'm a dork like that).

I was slowly wipiing the sleep from my eyes, recounting a mildly amusing, but ultimately disturbing dream from the night, when the television screen went to black. The audio of the newscast remained with no sign of a problem, but the picture on my poor television has died.

I guess I knew it was coming. A couple of weeks ago I noticed that the picture would jitter on the screen, sizing itself down a bit around the edges and then resizing itself immediately, while some horizontal black lines flickered across the top of the image. The effect was dizzying, and I was glad to notice earlier this week that it seemed to have corrected itself.

But this morning, without warning, without a poof of smoke, without so much as a flicker of death signaling its imminent demise, the special magic faeries who made the images dance across my television screen were silently, yet brutally, murdered by Fate. Ah, Fate, you and I were on such good terms up to now!

...It's a fucking 32" tv here, people, how the heck am I gonna replace this?!? I'm absolutely gutted about it. How am I going to watch my Netflix DVDs? How am I going to see the cool gadgets on "I Want That!" on HGTV?!? Oh my god! I hadn't realized the true depth of this disaster... I have to go hyperventilate now!

UPDATE: For all you armchair engineers out there, yes, I tried hitting it - I gave it several good smacks, and nothing. And what's worse... I have a timer set to turn the television on every morning at 6:50am. I would have to navigate the menu to change that setting, unfortunately. Looks like I'll be unplugging it. I am very, very sad.


posted by julie at August 4, 2005 06:46 AM

things people have said

Well in my small world, the breakage of such an integral part of everyday life requires an upgrade - perhaps a 40 inch?

so said: C at August 4, 2005 08:48 AM

See, that's pretty much what I'm talkin' about. There's very little use to getting a model of the same level of oomph, since at some point in the future you're going to want to upgrade but you'll have a perfectly good tv in your possession. Might as well upgrade NOW since you're forced!

so said: Erik at August 5, 2005 02:21 PM



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