Daewoo Ka Choo

Not enough sleep. I just can’t go to bed early. Normally Sunday’s a day for sleeping in (as is every other day to me). This was to be an exception.

I was in the shower by 8:10. I was dressed a little after 8:40. Five minutes later the phone rang. It was Rena. She and Albert (and the kids) were running late.

No complaints. Albert and Rena are saints. This Sunday morning they are our knights in shining armor. They’ve got a little trailer they can drag behind their SUV and they’ll help us retrieve the TV from BJ’s.

As chronicled earlier, with a blown TV and a now strangely shaped space in our family room we were scrambling to find a set. Picture be damned! We were looking for something that fit and found it in a Daewoo projection model at BJ’s.

Not only did it look right, it was the least expensive of all the TVs we’d seen! Is there a reason for this which will later come back and bite us in the ass? Right now I neither know nor care. I’m just thrilled.

We tooled over to BJ’s and walked in. With a swipe of my credit card and with receipt in hand, we cut the straps that held the gigantic box to a pallet. Albert and I (mostly Albert) hoisted it onto a flat cart and wheeled it into the lot. Three pieces of rope later, we were heading back to Hamden.

I had measured more than once. It looked like there would be about 1/2 inch clearance on the top. On the other hand, the sign above the TV listed a height that was a full inch over what I’d measured. Was there a mistake? Would we go to push the TV only to have to smack into the bottom of the cabinet?

We took the back roads. This thing had a lot of wind resistance. Even tied down, at 60 mph it would surely go airborne. Slow was good.

Albert and I (again, mostly Albert) carried it into the house. After snipping some bands the box slipped directly up and off.

Now the moment of truth. I slid the TV toward the wall unit and it fit! As predicted, there was less than an inch of space – but enough!

When last I looked, Steffie was watching it. She said the color was slightly off. I will attempt to properly align the set later.

We had already had discussions of how we’d like it set for picture coverage. If we allow standard definition TV to fit the whole screen, everyone will be stretched widthwise and look chubby (like me, for instance). On the other hand, if you leave the TV at 4:3 with blank areas at the edges of the screen you’re wasting a lot of space.

Hey – at least there isn’t this huge hole in the family room anymore.

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