...as we did 3 years ago, then I believe that you should not be in a position to have to repair or replace something on the item. EVER.
But that's just me. I think 3.5K is a ton of scratch for a TV. But we were doing well at the time, and we splurged. I mean, once we got a taste of what HD was at this size? Well, the ladies will certainly understand what I mean when I say it is very difficult to go back to something smaller.
And yet, here I sit, blogging as I wait for the clock to hit 10:00 AM, so that I can start calling local stores in an effort to find this:
Yes, this little baby, the projection lamp, burned out last night, and now this very expensive TV is just a very expensive corner decoration. And I gotta go find one and replace it.
And they are NOT cheap, these little XL-5100 lamps. Not cheap at all.
Of course, Mr. Double-Edged Sword has something to point out. It is an expensive thing that we really can't afford to get right now because of my recent enrollment into the ranks of the unemployed, and yet because I am unemployed I have plenty of time to hunt one of these lamps down and get the TV back up much more quickly than I would any other time.
Irony? Fuck off.
But here's the crazy thing. A freaky coincidence that will be viewed by some of you (*cough* Mr. Richard Hickam *cough*) as Divine Intervention, like God coming down and stopping the bullets from killing Vincent and Jules in Pulp Fiction.
Crystal, the woman who comes to our house 5 times a week to help with Bennett (yet another awesome thing about living in this county in Ohio...that is provided by the local government) asked a few days ago about what Carter was like at the age of 2.3 months, the age that Bennett is right now.
I was hesitant at first, and avoided showing her anything like a home movie of Carter at that age because I knew how it would affect me. But for some reason last night I felt particularly strong and got out some of the DVD's and put one in for her to see.
About 5 minutes in, I started to feel horrible. I started to get very upset about the differences I saw in Carter and in Bennett. It was a contrast I was not prepared for...no wonder I was avoiding it. I was about to lose it.
Then 'POP'! TV goes out.
Instantly I went from Probable Emotional Mess to Mr. Fix-It Mode and started investigating the problems and reading the manual. Ultimately I determined the issue and figured out how to solve it.
Breakdown averted by Burnout.