Friday, February 09, 2007

mars and venus

i just bought a new sofa, and a new tv, replacing hand-me-downs from college days. real adults might consider this long-overdue, but i really don’t care much about how i live, as long as there are nearby trails to run on and uncongested roads to ride.

so i just bought a new 40” LCD. why? my mom asked the same thing. cos it’ll make Gears of War even more immersive and there’s a live nails DVD coming out in HD at the end of the month, i explained. oh finn, she sighed, are you ever going to grow up? i just bought a freaking leather sofa. can you get any more grown-up?

besides, everyone around me has a new tv. denise’s parents just got an HD tv to replace the one they probably bought back in the depression. her husband duly interrogated her when she returned from the first visit.

- so, is it nice? the tv?
- sure. the remote is way too complicated for my dad though.
- what kind is it?
- it’s a flat-screen.
- but what kind? LCD or plasma?
- um, i don’t know. it’s flat, and it’s up on the wall.
- well, what brand is it? sony? sharp? mitzi? what’s the resolution? is it 42-inch? 46? 50?
- i don’t know.
- you don’t know?? how could you not know?!?
- bill, remember when your sister had her baby? and i asked how much he weighed and how long he was? and you didn’t have a clue?
- yeah.
- same thing.

mars and venus.
and... something. because i couldn't tell you the contrast rate of my tv and i've no clue how long the average newborn is, but what i do know is that my new bike's 18.5 pounds with a 74-degree seat tube angle, and a 12-25 cassette (i'm going from 9- to 10-speed too).

and it's on its way to me.
oh frabjous day.

7 comments:

Theo said...

This post is beautiful in every way.
Especially "bill, remember when your sister had her baby?"

I'm happy to rattle off the specs for the CatCave's Movie Wall, upon request.
;)

Brown Suga' said...

I really don’t care much about how i live, as long as there are nearby trails to run on and uncongested roads to ride.

Amen, ma'am.

Reminds me, I MUST get a copy of Men Are From Mars.

And a YAY for the new bike.

Anonymous said...

Brown suga'
Pity I burned my copy of Men are from Mars, I'd send it to you.
I really hated that book.
Finn glad to hear you are treating yourself well these days, new TV, sofa and a bike, heavenly.
-Kathleen

finn said...

teho, do tell. i bet yours is bigger than mine. esp since it's a wall.

suga', YAY indeed. i knew you'd appreciate.

LOL, kath -- that doesn't surprise me. what damage would you perpetrate on the copy of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People i barely dented? god that (one chapter i started) was deadly.

addon said...

finn you got the priorities right. we had a flat screen tv - HD or plasma or something, although plasma scares me a little, isn't that what you get when you super-heat gases or electrons or something? - but it suddenly faded to black 1 year + 3 months after we bought it. i've been scared to ask if it can be fixed and at what cost, so it is standing face to the wall in our dining area. we dug out an old CRT one. well, not sure about CRT - one of these old fat things.

addon said...

I really don’t care much about how i live, as long as there are nearby trails to run on and uncongested roads to ride.

you sound like toad of toad hall.

Theo said...

Finn -- yeah, I built a PC running Windows Media Center Edition, so it works like a TiVo... I reverse-engineered some 5.1 surround speakers originally intended for a PC, so now they're mounted at ceiling level... the LCD projector is sweet & covers a 160" diagonal...

...and the lamp just burned out. I got nuthin. $300 for 2000 hours, those lamps, and our just plotzed.