The Last Straw?

For the last year or so I’ve been talking myself into and back out of getting a new television. The one I have is on the small side (20 inches, maybe 24),  is about 15 years old, and isn’t digital or flat-panel or hi-def or any of the other things that 21st century televisions are.

The crux of my problem with upgrading is that it’s a twofold expense — the television itself, and then the cable package (the aforementioned digital & hi-def, along with DVR) that actually make it worth buying — and I just don’t want to pay that much. Doing one without the other, however, is fairly pointless. I was just about to finally break down and do it last fall, but then the opportunity to go to Egypt came up, and without a second thought, I spent my fancy tv budget on a vacation.

Tonight, though, I was seriously feeling the lack.

The Caps were playing in Boston and had a chance to win a record-breaking 11 games in a row and went into the 3rd period tied 1-1 — at exactly the same time that the premiere of the final season of LOST was starting.  If ever there was a situation made for DVR, this was it. Instead, I flipped back-and-forth as much as I could manage, but I still missed Brooks Laich’s game-winning goal. (I did catch Ovie’s empty-netter at the end of the 3rd, however.) I’ll get the LOST episode tomorrow via iTunes, so I’ll have a chance to re-watch the bits I missed, but really, it’s 2010. I need a freakin’ DVR.

Hm. Tax refund?

3 thoughts on “The Last Straw?

  1. common loon February 3, 2010 / 1:23 pm

    We are, not surprisingly, in the same boat. Sorry Sarah, but that should pretty much embarrass you into fixing your dilemna! Figure it will be a requirement once the kids realize that we are one of the few that have the “old-fashioned” TV (we still even have VHS tapes, and a VCR that only ejects tapes if you do this trick-thingy). Watching our friends go through the process, we can tell you what companies to avoid (taking notes for ourselves).

  2. Sionna February 3, 2010 / 3:08 pm

    I cannot live without my DVR. Sad, but true. Being able to pause the tv in the middle of a live show is priceless, especially with a kid. My only complaint is that you can’t record more than two shows at a time.

    You will have to do it someday! I want a hi-def tv. That is the only part we don’t have and wish that we did.

    Watch a hockey game on a hi-def tv sometime (and your brother’s monstrosity doesn’t count because that is WAAAAAAY too big) and you’ll be hooked.

  3. common loon February 3, 2010 / 6:55 pm

    from husband: if she has a MacBook, why didn’t she watch one or the other on that (would have been simultaneous viewing)?

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