After seven and a half years, our clunky (check out the depth of that thing) old cathode ray tube telly finally bit the dust last weekend. It was incredibly cheap when we bought it and replaced a portable tv that we'd been peering at from across the room, for which you practically needed a microscope to see the screen. When we bought it we were very pleased as it was a huge improvement on what we'd had before. But in those seven and a half years tellys have improved in leaps and bounds and for the last three or four years we've been longing for it to finally konk out so that we could - conscience-free - buy a new HD widescreen tv.
Financially-speaking we could have ordered a new widescreen telly whenever we'd wanted to but neither of us felt comfortable with jetissoning something that was still working just for a whim (which probably explains why we're still driving round in a 23-year-old car too!!) Both of us have the somewhat old-fashioned notion that if it ain't broke, we don't fix it. Which was fine, but didn't stop us from longing for the telly to break. I may even have cheered when it became obvious that the 'tube' had finally gone for a burton and was only giving us pictures in eye-popping green and red.
After four telly-free days when I discovered that you can actually watch BBC TV 'live' on the BBC website (who knew, I certainly didn't!!), and a marathon Rummy tournament (yay, I won!!) which brought back many happy memories of playing cards with my family when I was little, a super-duper, all-singing, all-dancing brand-new HD widescreen tv was delivered yesterday afternoon.
By gum, it's fantastic. We hadn't realised just how bad the picture on our old telly was until we watched the BBC HD channel yesterday evening - it was a-may-zing. At long last we get to see ALL of the action, read ALL of the titles and credits and, for P, manage to see the football at ALL times during a footie match. And, as an added bonus, this new slimline telly even makes our very ancient mid-century modern coffee table - which is what the tv stands on - look likes it's got a new lease of life too. We are thrilled, absolutely thrilled - it may even have been worth waiting seven and a half years for - and are now going to (eventually) rewatch our entire DVD collection in glorious HD widescreen technicolour!!