We had a telly. It died, it died. We had a telly, but no one cried when it died. It died on a Sunday and no one prayed for its resurrection. It faded quietly into the night!
It was a monster, I know. Not very green, I know. I bought it back in 2004, two years before my green awakening. The good thing is that it only used 175 watts, which is remarkable considering its size. I have been doing a bit of research since its demise, and have come to realise a few things;
A. They do not make rear projection TV's any more.
B. The repairman does not know if he can get the parts to fix it.
C. We have to pay $154 to have it taken away, get it assessed for the fault and returned in the same condition. To get it repaired, it may cost up to $2000. I only paid $2600 for it. That is designed obsolescence for you!
D. It would cost at least $4500 to get a new LED lit LCD of similar size, which is money we just do not have.
We have also come to a few conclusions so far this week in its absence.
0. We eat dinner together as a family every night!
1. I did not watch TV normally, but Kim and Ben watch about 2 hours a day.
2. I do not miss it at all, and have set up a small LCD that was given to us in Kim's study.
3. I am not going to buy a new TV the same size as the old one.
4. The only reason I will replace it eventually, is because I like watching the odd movie on the weekend in my downtime.
5. I am not going to rush out and buy a replacement on credit. We will save up for one, and decide in a few months time.
Other than those reasons, I personally would opt not to replace it at all (I know Kim is going to kill me for writing this). I hate commercial TV at the best of times, and believe that TV ads are a form of brainwashing that keeps you feeling bad enough about yourself that you are mentally coerced to buy more stuff. We all know from my posts on Affluenza that it is just not so. We can be happy without buying new stuff all the time. Considering the drivel that they pass up as entertainment these days, I am better off without it.
If you want to watch reality TV, just turn it off and talk to your own family. They do far more interesting things than those psychotic individuals and families shown on those shows any day of the week.
If you want to watch a gardening show, just go out into your yard and plant something yourself. That is reality for you.
If you want to watch MasterChef, get into the kitchen, open a cookbook and experiment yourself. That is reality for you.
Laying on the couch watching TV never did anyone any good anyway, nor motivated them to whip up a gourmet meal just because they saw it on the tube.
If it wasn't for Dr Who, there wouldn't be anything decent to watch anyway!