The one where the TV dies

So the Sony TV we bought on Superbowl Sunday in 2012 is dead/dying. We don’t watch a ton of TV but the kids are allowed to watch Sesame Street, Dora, Diego, Wonder Pets, Dinosaur Train and other age-appropriate or educational shows that Netflix and Amazon Prime have on demand. They love it. Just the other day Parker and Meg were hugging and playing and kissing on the couch when the Sesame Street music came on and Parker pretty much pushed Meg off the couch in her excitement to run over and sit down to watch “Melmo” (Elmo) on TV.

But yesterday we turned it on and within about 5 minutes it turned off. I turned it back on, and within a few minutes it turned off again. This went on until it finally refused to do anything but blink its angry red standby light at me like HAL9000 having some kind of fit. “I’m sorry Travis. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

We told the girls that the TV was broken and Brenna said, “Oh, it’s ok Daddy. I won’t ask to watch TV.” So simple, so understanding. I nearly cried. Seriously. What a weird thing to get emotional over. But I realized that Brenna is old enough that she may actually understand that TV was off for a while.

Anyway, I did have a small TV that mom and dad used to keep in the kitchen at their house. I took it because I’m a packrat, but we never used it because we don’t have another cable run or DVD/BluRay player here. But I put it on the TV stand and got the Roku set up on it (which is an awesome little device, btw –

So it’s small and the sound isn’t great. You can’t really see it from across the room too well.. but the girls do have a little something to watch while we figure out what we do with this TV. The Sony support guy was incredibly patient and understanding, although ultimately the options were get it repaired or buy a new one. They did offer to sell me a refurbished TV at a discount (plus tax and shipping) which is kind enough, but still useless to me.

Anyway, we are currently doing the modern day, flat screen equivalent of a “You might be a redneck” joke…

You might be a redneck... if you have a little TV sitting in front of your big TV.

You might be a redneck… if you have a little TV sitting in front of your big TV.

Anyway, pretty soon we’re heading to the mountains to spend time with Meg’s family. I hope to come back with pictures and stories.

Until next time,