Sunday, December 7, 2008
We bought our big holiday gift yesterday. A new flat screen plasma monstrosity. Ok, so here's how it went down. We decided about a month ago that this would be our big holiday expenditure. Hubby cashes out banked overtime a couple times a year for large purchases. Usually once around the holidays and once around summer vacation. It's a nice way of saving up for things and avoiding those nasty credit cards. So, we went out to lunch yesterday after the guys took a tuna fishing class at Bass Pro Shop. They loved it, and I shopped at Macy's and looked at girly stuff.
After lunch, hubby starts about we should look at TV's and begins to list a multitude of places he wants to look. We are in a huge shopping mecca about an hour away from home. He's already done hours of research online about prices, brands, etc. The last thing I recall before this is he found a 37" one at Sears that sounded perfect. Not too big for our small house and plenty of pixels/definition/lines or whatever for our needs. So I say lets just go to that Sears Grand place and do it. They have what you want. We don't need to go to a million places. He agrees.
I liken shopping for a tv to shopping for a car. No appeal whatsoever. My current car was purchased without me ever driving it. It was similar to my other car but it had more room and leather heated seats. I love that. We bought it through the fleet dealer, no haggling. I just had to go to the dealer and pick the color. That's how I like to shop for stuff. Make it easy.
So, we arrive at Sears. I look around for a few holiday gifts while hubby looks at the TV's. I check in and he's with the salesperson and they are looking at 37" tvs. Good. I take Kyle over to look at jeans. We finally find some in his size, tall and thin. Go back to check in. They are now looking at 40" tvs. They tell me there isn't much price difference and these are really wonderful. That's 3" bigger already. Kyle takes me over to show me all the mature video games he wants for Christmas so I can decide if they are ok as I roll my eyes. We go back and now they are looking at 42" tvs. The salesman tells me it's just 2" more. Ok, it's really 5" more and that's alot to a woman. I just walk away smiling to myself. That's how we got a monstrosity. Hubby's happy with those extra 5", I'm still in shock.
I took the photo above beside the highway near our home last winter. I love the blue skies after the storm against the snow. No snow yet this season.