This is slightly annoying. My TV set appears to be developing the electronic equivalent of Alzheimer’s. It has a hard time remembering how to turn on when you press the power button and, once it’s on, it has a hard time remembering how to turn off again. Even stranger than that is how sometimes after you turn it off it’ll try to turn itself back on again. If I were more credulous I’d almost think the TV was haunted because when it tries to turn itself back on again it flickers and makes strange noises like something out of a bad horror movie. It’s really very odd.
Beyond that the picture quality in some regions of the tube seems to be having trouble. Every now and then in the upper left everything will take on a greenish tint. Or down in the lower right it’ll get red shifted. I can’t really complain as the TV has had a long life. It’s an old RCA 25” console of the sort that looks like furniture more than an electronic device and, if I recall correctly, it’s technically older than my daughter. It doesn’t have any inputs on the back beyond the standard RF connectors for an antenna and a coaxial cable so hooking up things like DVD players and game consoles has always been a bit of a pain. It was originally my grandparent’s TV, but when my grandmother passed away my folks inherited it. Then when I moved to Canton it came with me.
My goal originally was to use it until I could save up enough for something a little bigger and more modern, but you know how life goes. It’s hard to justify spending the money on a new TV when the old one is working just fine; especially after getting custody of Courtney and then getting married. Anne and I have talked about replacing it since then, but we wanted to get a house to put the new TV in first. Our goal was to buy a home this summer, but then I got laid off so that hasn’t happened. Naturally, seeing as I’m definitely not in any position to replace the TV at the moment, now is when it decides to start dieing. Oh well, it’s not like I watch it that much anyway and I do have my old Sony 15” TV/Monitor I used to use with my Amigas that I can pull out if this one does eventually die, but I’d rather have the bigger screen for as long as possible.
Still, there’s nothing wrong with day dreaming, so I’m keen to hear from any of you that have made recent TV purchases on what you got and why. Any great deals out there?