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April 24, 2013

DUVALL: Seeing the world in high definition

Tonawanda News — The plan was all set last week to make an overdue upgrade to my home’s technological capabilities. After years of pondering and weeks of planning, I was ready to buy a new, 39-inch high definition television to replace the lumbering old boob tube I’ve watched for years.

The news gods had other ideas. When terrorists attack a major American city people in the news business put off things like buying televisions in favor of rushing to the office.

But with the perpetrator safely under guard at a Boston hospital we can all go back to living life. For me, that means scrounging around to find the time to buy a television.

Of course, as things always seem to be these days, it isn’t quite that simple. 

The creaky old entertainment center in which my lumbering television sits has a square hole. The new TV will be a rectangular peg.

I could mount the TV to the wall but the only one that makes sense to mount it on faces west — and directly across from a large window that already blinds you when you walk in the room during the late afternoon.

This whole protracted process got me to thinking: Why am I buying this thing in the first place? (Other than the fact my mother offered to help pay for it as an early birthday present. Thanks Mom!)

I hardly watch television in the first place. I’m always at work in the evening, when television is worth watching. I only follow a handful of shows and these days they’re a click away online. Obviously I don’t care about picture quality since I’m presently watching in standard definition so the smaller screens on my laptop or iPad are fine.

Like most people, I’m away from the home more in summer than winter. Weekend softball games, festivals, concerts, afternoons and evenings spent drinking beer on a bar patio or a friend’s porch — all these things are vastly preferable to me than sitting in my stifling non-air-conditioned apartment, sweating and watching reruns of “How I Met Your Mother.”

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