Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Plasma Chain Reaction




OK, so hubby's been researching, and prepping, and shopping for plasmas for 6 months now. Finally the one he wanted went on sale and he brought it home. So I'm like plasma.. what's the big deal? But after we got it home and I saw the difference between regular and plasma well it's like night and day. Apparently I'm an HD snob now. LOL

Anyhoo.. he didn't just get any ol' plasma. He had to get a BIG one. This stems back to his childhood when his family always had the newest and biggest technology in the neighborhood. All the kids would come over and watch movies on their 6 foot projection TV in the 70's. They were the first ones to own a VCR on the block.. you get the picture.

Little did he know he would set off a huge chain reaction of events - filling our evenings with painting, moving large furniture, buying new furniture, and basically rearranging our whole lives....

Well this big ol' plasma does not fit in our current entertainment center, designed for lowly regular televisions. Oh did I mention we have 9 remotes? That's because we have 9 different VCR's, DVD's, laser discs, stereo stuff, record player, you name it. We're not super rich or anything.. just things he's collected over the last 20 years. (We work in TV so he loves techy stuff)

So I have this huge wall entertainment center that I have to get rid of.. well I think hey, I will make this an armoire dresser for my room that doesn't have enough storage anyway. The small dresser we have I will repaint for the girls room.... so this is the list of things now we are doing.

1. move and paint old dresser to match nursery
2. disassemble entertainment unit and move piece by piece upstairs
3. reassemble it as a bedroom armoire
4. go through all the closets/clothes and reorganize everything
5. paint all the walls in the family room
6. Buy a new armoire/audio cabinet to hold all the equipment
7. Assemble it and load up all the equipment
8. Hire our electrician friend to hide all the wires in the wall
9. Mount our surround sound speakers and hide wires in the wall
10. Rearrange the bookshelf to new room configuration (and all the stuff on them)
11. Buy plasma wall mount and hook it to the wall
12. Go to the dump to get rid of old machines, equipment, boxes... the works
13. Finally enjoy our new room

(this is all while a 2 year old and a 10 month old "watch" and "help"... YIKES

Anyway, I thought it funny that one purchase would change our whole lives and the look of our house!

3 comments:

dwb said...

Congrats on the TV upgrade. Becca and I will probably join the flat panel revolution eventually. We're still "getting established" so an upgrade to my 10 year-old 20-inch tube isn't in the cards right now.

Check out the Harmony Remotes. Once you've orientated yourself to how they work, they do a great job of simplifying the use of multiple devices. Like, you can press one button [watch TV] and it'll turn everything on and set them to the correct inputs. Press another button [watch a movie] and it'll switch inputs and turn on the dvd player.

I've had mine since before logitech bought them out.

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/productlistharmony/US/EN,CRID=2080

Denn said...

In my defense... no wait! The plasma purchase needs no defense!! I love watching HD prgrams on it and you, Jenn, get a "big thrill" when the 5.1 dolby digital sound from HD shows wakes up the subwoofer and vibrates the couch!

boo_who said...

Ha ha...I read your blog and thought I'd tell you about my husband's unbelievably high tech remote control, but I see that he got here before me. :D

Yes, the Harmony remote will run all sorts of things...and not just your tv, vcr, and dvd player, either. It'll run some remote-controlled fans, air conditioning units, and even the iHome clock radio I bought him as a present. Now, if I could only get it to hustle into the kitchen and make me some nachos! :P

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