Black Friday

I have participated in Black Friday week.

I bought a TV.

Big deal, you say. I suppose it really isn’t news to most people…

…except that this is the first functioning TV I’ve lived with in 20 years. Yup, 1998 was the last TV with which I shared a home that was on with any regularity. It belonged to a now ex-girlfriend and she took it with her when she went. Years and years later, I did have another TV briefly, one I got in a trade for a bicycle I didn’t fit, but despite having good intentions for it, and despite having an Xbox 360 for it, after a few months I sold it all off. Never really used it, didn’t have the space for it (it was huge).

So why now, after 20 years? Well, I have a family now, and the kids are old enough to wanna watch Spongebob on Netflix and it isn’t all about me anymore, hasn’t been for a long time. There are crazy silly deals on all this week, and I’d come into some money, and I thought why not, you know?

Then I started researching. Jeez, that was an adventure. So many models and permutations and features and… Dillinger Escape Plan was right, it really can be Option Paralysis. So I went back to square one, boiled it down to what I wanted it to do, not what was out there. It needed to be this, this and this, and the rest was gravy (or unimportant). In the end, this Samsung 4k UHD 43″ TV is still way more than I needed or (probably) wanted, but the price was stupid-low and it’s a good size for the space it’s in, so there you go.

I texted James, who well-knows my general aversion to TV, and he sent back one word: SELLOUT. Haha I suppose it’s true. The times they are a-changin’. Of course, James also just said DO IT, which I took to mean full support for this decision. I also got a blu-ray player (my first) to go with it, as we have a stack of DVDs here we never watch (now we could, if and when we have time, so yay). Some day maybe some sort of gaming rig will come home for the kids too. Would I use it? Maybe? I dunno. Probably not with any regularity.  The kids will, though, sure. My lovely wife will, she likes shows on Netflix like Downton Abbey. I’ll go play guitar in the other room when that’s on…

So there you go. I participated in Black Friday week. I managed to avoid crowds, no one was killed in the effort, and the family was really happy with this new addition to the household. It will remain to be seen how often I use it, though I do have a stack of music/concert DVDs that need watching for review… and the rest of the folk around here will make sure it sees use, and that’s good enough for me.

34 thoughts on “Black Friday

  1. Chris says:

    The offers are tempting. I’m still holding out on getting a flat screen (just using laptop) but I’ll probably buy one eventually as the prices keep dropping.

    I heard fake websites are increasingly becoming a problem on Black Friday You’e got to be careful buying via the internet as your personal data can get abused. Luckily there are trustworthy sites as well.

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  2. J. says:

    Ach, I can’t tell you how disappointed I am that I’m not reading a post about how you had to wrestle someone for a TV. What kind of Black Friday was this!?

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Well, I didn’t go on the Friday, I got this set on Tuesday but there’s been sales all week. I don’t do crowds and I don’t see the point in that crap you see every year (especially from the US) with people pushing and sometimes actually dying in the crush. Ridiculous.

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  3. boppinsblog says:

    TV and a blu ray. Whoa!! Slow down there fella.

    You could trade them to me even Steven for a tube tv and a vcr. It might be an easier transition. Just thinking of your well being.

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  4. deKE says:

    I heard you on the wireless back in ’52
    Lying awake intently tuning in on you
    If I was young it didn’t stop you coming through
    Oh-a-oh

    They took the credit for your second symphony
    Rewritten by machine on new technology
    And now I understand the problems you can see

    Oh-a-oh
    I met your children
    Oh-a-oh
    What did you tell them?

    Video killed the radio star
    Video killed the radio star
    Pictures came and broke your heart
    Oh-a-a-a oh

    And now we meet in an abandoned studio
    We hear the playback and it seems so long ago
    And you remember the jingles used to go:

    Oh-a-oh
    You were the first one
    Oh-a-oh
    You were the last one

    Video killed the radio star
    Video killed the radio star
    In my mind and in my car
    We can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far
    Oh-a-a-a oh
    Oh-a-a-a oh

    Video killed the radio star
    Video killed the radio star
    In my mind and in my car
    We can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far
    Pictures came and broke your heart
    Put the blame on VTR…

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  5. mikeladano says:

    I’ve known you so long that I REMEMBERED when you got rid of your TV! About 4 years before I cancelled my cable.

    I think for movies and music, you will love it. I recommend some Avengers movies for the kind of action those screens are good for! Jen loves watching the hockey.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      It’s true folks. Man, you probably met that ex-girlfriend.

      I tried a DVD of Deadpool and it looked good. Then I tried a blu-ray of Tropic Thunder and I dunno, it looked great but I didn’t see a whole lot of difference. It’s probably settings and stuff I don’t know yet to get it better…

      This TV is on wifi and allows YouTube, so I can see all the hockey highlights that way!

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      1. boppinsblog says:

        Your blu ray player may have(it probably does) the ability to upscale your dvd (720p) to either HD (1080p) or 4k(2160p).

        This makes it a less of a difference than it used to be between BD and DVD. You should still be able to see crisper images and better colours, especially blues and reds with no bleed. If not any difference it might be settings. I say do amlettlie Google and Youtube searching and even read the manual.

        Rhe other thing is the sound may be better on Bluray depending on your sound set up.

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      2. mikeladano says:

        I hate to complicate things for you but it could also be cables, how you have it hooked up. To get full HD, you need to use HDMI cables. They can be expensive but you only need one (to go from Blu-Ray direct to TV). I buy mine from a site called monoprice, who sell great quality cables for a great price. HDMI is great because it’s just one cable that carries all the audio and video in full HD.

        I did actually meet the ex! I have never met your wife!

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        1. deKE says:

          ‘I did actually meet the ex! I have never met your wife!’

          That will be the lead off single off of Mikey’s debut solo album Titled…

          ‘My Savatage @Tbay Landfill”

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        2. keepsmealive says:

          I am using an HDMI cable br-TV, so I it ought to be right.

          Dude. I have been married 15 years, together with my lovely wife for 20 and you’ve never met her? This is an oversiiiiiight of epic proportions!

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            1. keepsmealive says:

              She probably did come with me to the shoppe at some point, whether you were on that day or not… man I can’t remember last Tuesday, so you want me to remember 98/99?

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