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What do you get when you integrate a new laptop, a new desktop monitor and a new big screen television into your life, all within weeks of each other?

Broke, that’s what!

I mean, we have been shopping like rich old Aunt Tildy is about to kick the bucket any day and we're expecting a sizable chunk of change. Unfortunately, there is no old Aunt Tildy, rich or otherwise. Which means we're just shopping .

Seriously, it’s like all of a sudden we have become flat panel fanatics! First there was my laptop which, as most of you know, has become an integral part of me and if I must leave the room (or God forbid, the house!) long enough for the screen saver to kick in, then I’m “missing out” on something and will be cranky about it until I can get back “in touch” with what’s going on. I mean, really, that WAS the whole point of getting the laptop. And what a shining beauty she is!  In the mornings I don’t need to turn on the bedside lamp to keep from tripping over something and killing myself on the way to the bathroom, so bright does she glow.  In fact, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to receive a call in the event of a Rudolph emergency, asking if my laptop could fill-in in a sleigh-guiding pinch! That’s 15.4 inches of LOVE, if you ask me.

A week or so later, Scott, in all his jealousness (and relative blindness, considering he’s reached an age where his arms are no longer long enough to hold an object and still be able to read it, bless his heart), decided he just HAD TO HAVE a bigger, better monitor for his desktop computer. He’s been burning the midnight oil, putting the final touches on his manuscript “A Week In Agony... Texas“, and his old-school roundy-screen monitor and reading glasses combination was just no longer cutting it. So, we shopped online and found the 22” monitor of his dreams and, praise be to Bill Gates and all other things holy, found it to be IN STOCK, in-store. However, we quickly learned that IN STOCK doesn’t really mean IN STOCK; we‘re not sure what it means, but hope one day to find out. Instead, what they had IN STOCK was a 20” piece of heaven and Scott said, Yes, this will suffice. And gone now are the days of headaches and eye strain, and he is productive once more. Can I get an Amen??

"What more could we want?" we foolishly asked ourselves. "What more could we need?"  we chided the commericals. And so it went, me with my laptop and Scott with his Word documents that stood nearly 2 feet tall, thriving in our electronic environments, living in flat-panel-fulfilledness. For almost 2 whole weeks!!!

Side note: At this point, I want it noted that I blame DVD players in general for the following series of events. Scott has attempted to claim that the laptop is what started this madness, but I put him in a headlock until he took it all back, and now we're in agreement. It's the DVD players.  

When we bought the new monitor, we also picked up 2 new DVD players (one DVD/VCR combo, one basic little old DVD player). These tend to be disposable in our house, since movies are one of our main passions, so we're often replacing them. This was the first time, however, that 2 had gone out at the same time. I personally think they were jealous of all the flat-panel love in the house, but I can't be certain. In any event, when we got home with the new players, we discovered that the TV in our bedroom was not compatible with either of the new DVD players. I made the mistake of thinking (OUT LOUD) that we needed to just go ahead and get a new TV. Scott took this to mean something completely different than what I had intended, but the damage was already done.  

Needless to say, we soon found ourselves standing in the middle of an electronics Mecca, surrounded by enormous television screens. We quickly narrowed our choices down to the size most suited for our living room (40-50 inches) and stood there, gaping at what was soon to be ours. I was unsure, cautious, considering that this was a huge step in a sometimes transient lifestyle (and one I wouldn't be paying cash for!). So Scott, eager to convince me and just move on with it, pointed at one sleek set and whispered 7 little words that would forever change the course of our lives: Can you imagine porn on that thing?  

So, if you‘re keeping track, that’s 79.4 inches of hi def hedonism in just over 6 weeks. We‘re exhausted, since there aren’t enough hours in the day for all the writing, internetting and movie watching we want to do, and we‘re broke until we can get the big boy paid down a bit. But we‘re happy, and lack NOTHING in the entertainment department, and that’s really all that matters.

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