Watching TV has never been an important part of my life. Except for certain shows I’ve gotten hooked on through the years. You know, the classics (for my generation), like Friends & ER. And then later LOST & Grey’s Anatomy.

I remember being so excited when I bought my first new TV when I graduated from college. A 25 inch Panasonic “box” TV that I saved up to pay for. My dear friend Jim Heaslip (who has since passed away) wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing and went with me to buy it. And he carried that heavy TV by himself up 3 flights of stairs at my apartment building. What a great guy. What a great memory.

My paycheck barely covered the cost of rent and my student loans. So I made the wise decision not to get cable TV. I lived just fine with my “rabbit ears” antenna and the local channels for many years. When I got married and eventually moved into a house, the TV came with me. I still didn’t find a need to get cable, even when I had kids and could benefit from some of those 24 hour cartoon stations. Instead, I bought DVDs for my kids to watch. You know, smart ones like Signing Time and Baby Einstein. That is until they were old enough to watch annoying shows, like Spongebob Squarepants. (sigh)

We all (barely) survived when the TV signal changed from analog to digital. I bought one of the required converter boxes – but the local reception was awful on my now very outdated TV. I ended up subscribing to Netflix, which we could get to work on the TV through our wii. So that was cool. Between Netflix and our DVD collection, we were golden.

I held onto that 25″ inch TV for 16 years. It still worked great, even though the power button sort of, well, broke and fell inside the unit. I was slightly worried someone might get electrocuted sticking their finger in the hole. But it turned on just fine if you used the remote control. I may or may not have been teased incessantly about this.

The fact is, TV is just not that important to me, and I don’t want it to be important to my kids either. We all get enough news & entertainment from our smart phones, tablets and laptops – we don’t need another screen to distract us from reality. But I finally decided it was time to upgrade. So after doing a ton of research, I selected a nice “smart” flat screen TV and retired the old unit to the basement. Seriously, does anyone want it? Bueller?

So after a few days with the new TV, here are my initial impressions:

1. Digital is way better quality than analog television. I’m super impressed. And maybe more compelled to watch the basic channels now that I can actually see them.

2. I still have no desire to get cable (or satellite).

3. Digital Netflix and HD movies are also more fun to watch.

4. My kids think video games are WAY more fun now.

5. Holy hashtags! About 70% of shows and commercials have them. (that’s my unscientific guess)

5. My boyfriend Jason no longer teases me about my TV and may even be more attracted to me now. ha ha.

On that note, I’m very grateful to Jason for his help in this process. He even assembled my new entertainment center and helped move everything. I think Jim Heaslip would be happy I leaned on someone for help and didn’t try to do it all myself. 

Here’s hoping I can get 15+ years out of this TV, too. 🙂

Photo credit Dailyinvention, Creative Commons via Flickr.

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2 Responses to “out with the old, in with the new (tv)”

  1. Bill says:

    If you can’t give it away, hennepin county will take old electronics (and light bulbs, paint, etc) for free recycling in Bloomington and Brooklyn Park.

    • Missy says:

      Great reminder, thanks Bill! And thanks to you, too, for helping assemble the base of the TV and lifting it up on the entertainment center! 🙂



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