Stonehenge is what I referred to the 60" television set that I didn't buy today. No, I ended up being more prudent and getting a 50" instead. I got a fantastic deal on the thing and having gotten the set home I am now very glad that I didn't get the 60". Raz pointed out that the 50" is only dwarfed in company of the 60" (which is what made me thing of Stonehenge). And the fact of the matter is that buying a television set is more like buying furniture than any other aspect of a home theater. It has to fit in the space it occupies. And when I got it home, it was pretty impressive in the dimensions of my apartment, but the 60" would have been overwhelming:Stonehenge
Where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live
and they do live well
Where a man is a man
and the children dance to
the pipes of pan
I know it is a small picture, but if you need an idea of scale, that's the Amazing Stories Anthology One 2 CD set on the bottom right hand corner. This is not where I intend the television to go. It is destined for the room that I am currently working on. So unless I start disconnecting the home theater immediately (a distinct possibility), I actually won't have a chance to actually watch anything on it for a week or so.
The best part about this story? Well, when I went to pay for it, my card came back declined. I called up the bank and they explained that their computers were down and while they had debited my account the money already(!), they hadn't sent the approval code to the store. And running the charge through again only caused the security system - seeing an identical charge twice, a sign of credit fraud - block out the card. The problem was resolved by making the purchase as debit instead, which was manually approved by the people on the phone at the bank. If that sounds like I paid for the television twice, well, I did. The bank has assured me that the initial debit on the account will be reversed within the next two business days. Another thing I have to keep tabs on.
In order to get the television I had to drive into work today, shanghai Raz on the way out to the store, then out to the Island to get my parents' minivan, then back to the store with the minivan to pick up the television - here Raz and I broke for dinner - then to my apartment to drop off the television, then back out to the Island to bring back the minivan, then back to bring Raz home and here I am and I'm going to bed.
I got my LP of Jerry Goldsmith's The Wind and the Lion in the mail today. I'm ecstatic but too exhausted to listen to it right now. But it's a happy kind of exhausted. I'll have many new toys to play with after work tomorrow.
Incidentally, Dave or Tim, if you're reading this you have two days to lay some sort decent claim to the old television - and a decent claim involves getting it the @$#&% out of here without me in the lifting party - it's got to go, though. Soon. Like, now. So let me know.
David St. Hubbins
I do not, for one, think that the problem was that the band was down. I think that the problem may have been, that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf. Alright? That tended to understate the hugeness of the object.
I really think you're just making much too big a thing out of it.
Making a big thing out of it would have been a good idea.
Hello, ehowton, nice to meet you too. And yes, that was Real Genius!