That Saturday (17 Dec.) was Christmas shopping at the mall day for the Thompson Family. I swear I was not the one to pick a Saturday morning to go to a mall here in the Republic of the Philippines; my first choice would have been to receive a beating from a few large men, than go to a mall. But, as always family obligations will always prevail.
My daughter said she’d pick us up at 9am, so at 9am I knew I could watch Anderson Cooper on CNN and not miss a minute. 10:15am they arrive.
Now we are at the SM mall in San Fernando and the fun begins, but this time I am keeping a close eye on my soon to be disappearing son-in-law Chris, he planned his move and I was on him like Rugby Glue, you can only fool me once. We wandered to Ace hardware, and grunted at tools and things. We hit the Starbucks and had a nice cup of coffee, and where Chrisanto pointed out this guy loading 9 people into a Honda City automobile. It was refreshing to know that we found the same things funny. Next we watched a lady in a late model Toyota run into the back of an old Pajaro, the owner of the Pajaro jumped out raising holy Cain and never noticing that what little damage there was, was to the woman’s bumper. He had this big steel pipe thingy as his bumper and it had plastic and paint from her car on it.
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Call the police he demanded of the security guard, until I pointed out that the Pajaro’s break lights never came on. They were tested and found to be lacking, the police were not called. But Chris did hear the man mumble “Damn Foreigners!”
Now this is the part where I blame my friend Don (a regular reader on LiP) who lives up the road from me. When I’m sitting at his house I notice his big screen TV and what a great picture it has. Then I go home and turn on my old fashion picture tube TV and find it wanting. My wife had asked about a new flat screen TV last year and I told her that when the one I had died we’d get one.
So not the case, I went into the SM Appliance store and the entire back wall was full of them, and thankfully Chrisanto was there to guide me through the array of confusing features available to us dumb consumers, or at least me!
I’m looking at a Samsung 43 inch marked from P45, 000 to P35, 000. Here’s what I know, it’s very big and I can afford it. Nuff said! Then this Kano walked over and told me that it was much cheaper at Sam’s Club in the states. So I pointed out the cost of the round trip airfare to buy one, and this one seemed like a bargain to me. He wandered away!
People can be so helpful. I bought it, then I find out it plays 3D movies and comes with a free blue ray video player and two electronic pair of 3D glasses. The deal now seems better. We leave the TV there and will return at the end of the day to pick it up. My granddaughter points out that we have no 3D videos at home. She is the smart one. Off to the video store where she picks out five to start with. I was so pleased that I now had 3 movies and 2 cartoon movies in 3D.
While still in there a security guard heard my son-in-law and his daughter talking about the features on Lolo’s new TV, and pointed out the singing microphone that holds ten thousand karaoke songs and gives you a free song book with it all for the low, low price of P 5,999.00. My granddaughter eyes popped wide open and then looked up at me. The security Guard turned salesman points out that they also have the 2 wireless microphones’ that comes with a DVD with 4,000 songs and the obligatory song book for only P2,999.00! Heads were spinning; I’m scratching mine when this super salesman points that for P 7,000.00 I can have both. Now the store manager came and spoke to the guard in a harsh tone, when I butt in and said this was the best salesman I’ve encountered here in this mall, and as a matter of fact I had no intention of buying these two sets until he took the time to show me them. But I’ll leave if it’s going to be a problem. The manager and guard became fast friends and I thanked him truly for his help.
One karaoke set for the house, for use on the new TV and the other is out back in my man cave for parties. I added an old TV from my daughter Yhen’s storage room and replaced it with the one from the living room.
Two days later I am alone at the house and I think I’ll check out this new 3D deal I’ve got, I break open the box and find 2 pair of the old style paper 3D glasses. I pop disc # one in the machine and put on the electronic glasses and guess what? I never saw any 3D, nothing nada, zilch! I even tried the paper glasses with the same outcome. Don was up later and I told him about it, he picked up the box and then informed me that I was trying to watch 3D, using the 2D disc. It was a happier simpler time back in the day of 8-tracks. So that’s the story of my High Tech challenged Christmas.