I tried, I really did. I just couldn't do it. I spend a lot of time at the computer, both with home and work. Chat, games, e-mail, an occasional blog or post and sometimes some real work gets done. I haven't watched a lot of TV for quite a while. Don't get me wrong, the TV is on, I was just listening, not watching.
In an ongoing effort to simplify, I gave the 40 inch rear projection (HDTV, but not digital) TV to my son and his family and replaced it with a new 26" LCD, digital tuner TV. I figured that it would be fine since I normally did little more than do a side glance if something sounded interesting. What I encountered was one big FAIL! Even the occasional side glances were disappointing. The more I looked, the less I liked it.
I am not an extravagant person, but I do tend to get the things I need and a lot of the things I want. I wanted a different television so I went shopping. I checked several stores and the price tags were more than I was willing to pay. I was on what must have been at least my third trip through the stores when I happened to see a TV that had just been moved to the "open box" area. It wasn't even priced yet. A salesperson looked up the new price and I asked if he would connect the TV so I could see the picture.
Needless to say, that 37" set came home with me. I had originally been wanting a 1080i set, but this 720p looks just fine. Of course, it did not fit on the new TV stand I had put together for the 26", so it was time for another shopping trip.
I have actually found myself spending less time at the computer for the last couple of days and the index finger on my right hand feels almost normal due to the decrease in game playing. I may actually begin to enjoy television again!
FOR SALE: 26" LCD television (720p) with stand. Reasonable. SOLD!
Wow! A quick reader has taken both!