Update on the new TV. As you all remember (of course you do), after seven weeks of my new TV, I decided to step up to digital cable. After dealing with 2 cable boxes and 2 sets of HDMI cables from my cable provider over 2 nights, I still had no sound. And an hour with the nice young man from India at the TV manufacturer's customer service resulted in "expect a call from a service rep within the next two weeks". You guessed it--two weeks have passed, and no call (not that I really expected one). So I took a trip to our local French department store (Targét).
Their pimply-faced kid in the electronics department said that it's too bad that it's been more than ninety days, or they'd just swap out for a new one. I then politely explained that 90 days wouldn't be up until the end of the month. He then said it's too bad I didn't still have my receipt. "HAHAHA!" said I. Little did he know! So yesterday afternoon, I packed up my defective TV in its original packaging (which is what I had hoped to avoid in the first place), and schlepped it down there.
What happened next absolutely amazed me. They took it back, with no questions asked. I mean, not a single question. For all they knew, I had packed the box with foam rubber. Or I'd taken a shotgun to the screen. Or I'd kept the remote and all the cables. NOT A SINGLE QUESTION! As we waited for someone from the stockroom to bring out a replacement, the girl at customer service slapped a big blue sticker on the side of the box. "ELECTRONICS RECYCLING" All without checking to see if there was actually anything inside. I don't know exactly what happens to it next, but I fear the worst. Actually, I don't really give a damn at all. (Added: Since the same TV currently sells for $20 less than it did on Black Friday, I get a credit! I'm not sure if I should be pissed at that, or happy. Well, I am happy...happier?)
So I get it home, plug in all my cables. Lo and behold! I have digital cable!! I have fought the urge for years to get anything other than expanded cable, because I just don't watch much TV. I think that's all about to change. WWE in high def? Thank you very much! Old movies I haven't seen since the 80s? Give me more! BBC America? Bring it! More music channels than I know what to do with? Well...probably won't spend much time there.
I'm still figuring out exactly what I can/can't get. Haven't tried the free On Demand stuff yet. Looking forward to watching the Super Bowl on it though. And while I doubt I'll spend much money on the pay-per-view movies or sports, I did notice something available called "Masturbating MILFs". I wonder who stars in that...?