…No, we’re not trying to sell you the Dead TV. The Dead TV is the problem.
The TV in question is – or was – a Philips MatchLine 36″ creature purchased in 2002. It’s old enough to have a tube… an actual CRT. (Remember CRTs?) It has shown us many interesting things in its time (including our own miniseries) and has served us well and faithfully for quite a while.
But lately it’s been acting… a little wonky. Maybe once every couple of months it would, for no perceptible reason, turn itself off, and decline to be turned on again for a while. Then it started to pull this stunt maybe once or twice a month. Then once or twice a week. Then nearly every other day or so, at least once.
The trend has been somewhat alarming – as in our neighborhood, when the electronics finally go south, they tend to do so fairly dramatically (as suits a household with a couple of paid dramatists in it) by blowing up. Both of us had come to accept the prospect with a certain amount of resignation. Peter said to me the other day – well out of its earshot, I’d have thought – “Maybe it’ll wait to go south until a royalty check comes in.”
Yeah, well, fat chance of that. For behold, the Philips’ last day, the day it turns itself off with no more turning on, has arrived at last – the sad event transpiring not so much with a bang as a whimper. (Which is possibly just as well. My desk is three feet away from there, and I’m not sure I would have wanted to hear that bang while up close and personal.) The noble Philips has ceased to be. It has gone to meet its maker, rung down the curtain, and joined the bleedin’ Choir Invisibule. It is, in fact, an ExTV.
…And for a couple of fantasy writers, this is problematic. I mean, what are we supposed to watch Game of Thrones on now? *
So please, go for it and take advantage of the discount so we can remedy the TV-less situation here as soon as possible.**
If you feel inclined to reblog this message for the attention of others so that we can that much sooner replace the Philips – while thanking heaven that getting a screen this size won’t cost us anything like what the Philips did – we’d appreciate it.
And in any case, we thank you for your continued support. :)
*And don’t even mention online viewing / on-air-to-broadband to me. Our patchy rural cellular broadband does not allow us to indulge in such luxuries. Especially when one night’s viewing can eat up our whole month’s worth of bandwidth.
**Dammit, no Boston Legal for me tonight. Feckfeckfeckfeckingfeck.
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