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Note from the Editor:  He’s back!  Yep, Paul Thompson has been missed and today is his re-appearance here on LiP!  You should not expect that you will be seeing him weekly from here on out, give him a chance to heal from his sickness!  But, Paul will be continuing to make a comeback as he can.  Welcome back, Paul, it is great to see you on the mend!  Bob

This took Place 4 days prior to my going to the hospital a few months ago and I found it and remembered I owed it to Sir Bob, (LOL) as I’ve missed a few Mondays. As I improve I’ll try more.

It started years ago with an old Sharps TV, the family seemed contented but then that was in the 1990’s. Then came the dream satellites which even had a pay for view porn channel (That lasted a few months until the church found out) but here on the mountain Dream was the only way to go. For 16 years we were hooked up to it, but every few months a channel would disappear. It was never a religious or cooking channel it was always something like HBO. When called they would explain the cost was why it had to be dropped, but my cost never lowered a centavo.

The old Sharp’s TV was still working but then this guy was knocking on the gate wanting to pawn a couple of months old JVC 36 inch screen, with matching stand for a few thousand Pesos’, hell I couldn’t have stolen it for a better price. A few years pass and at the gate appeared the man whom pawned the TV to me low those many years ago, explaining that for three thousand pesos’ more I could own the TV outright. Since it had been a few years I figured I already owned it. But to prevent a protracted argument between me, him and the Barangay Kaptian, I just told him; “No thank you, sir.”, but he could purchase it back from me for the amount I loaned him plus the few years interest he owed me. For some odd reason I never saw him again.

Five years ago my granddaughter and I were in SM Mall and she decided that Lolo Daddy Paul should have a flat screen TV and of course it had to be “3D” capable, and of course I did, a 46 inch Samsung flat screened that sat on a box in the living room. The story of the box: On my way to the Philippines a shipmate gave me a bag of decorative brass fittings and the plans to have this box made. The plans were in metric, my builder used inches and the box was too large to ship to California. I bought the box from him and we sat at Uncle Bob’s in Guam and laughed about it.

All is well as all the Pacman fights are now viewed the purok on a big screen TV and there is happiness abounding. But not all is well; I’m as deaf at a hoot, so I bought a Sony (Old Style) TV as it had big speakers built in and put it upstairs..

I’ll explain. The old Sharps is now part of a Karaoke set up out back in the drinking spot. The LBC is now in the spare bedroom, the flat screen in the living room and the Sony for the hard of hearing is upstairs.

Along comes Ann, the long time Dream agent and presents a new satellite TV company called Cignal, in “High Definition” only one TV is set up for “High Definition” and that’s the one in the living room. You know what will happen now don’t you?

Move the old Samsung flat screen upstairs to my room, move the Sony to the extra master bedroom, give the still working well, JVC and Sharps TV’s to her brother and sister who’s TV\s have gone south for the season never to return. AND WHAT PRAY TELL HAPPENS NEXT???

Go to Savers Mart to buy a new Samsung 55 inch flat screen TV on sale at 50% off. But they didn’t have it in stock, yes that’s correct only the floor model. So while the head scratching was taking place and the manager who happened to be a batch mate with Maria (Mayang) and her twin Clara, I guessed his age and stumped him as to how I did that. (I never told him)

But I saw this huge 58 inch flat screen DeVant TV darn near 10 inches bigger than my old one for less money than the Samsung we were looking at (Oh remember that 3D feature on the old one that was never used even once?) this one had it too! But it was also a Wi-Fi compatible Smart TV which meant absolutely nothing to me, as if I\d check my Facebook on TV.

But using my cagy brain I spied that because of the stand placement it would no longer sit on the Nara wood box. But the display table they had it on was perfect and was available for nine thousand pesos upstairs (New in the box) Wow I told them that was a deal breaker. But if they added in the stand with the colossal TV at the same price as the original Samsung TV they didn’t have in stock, we were cooking with gas. The batch mate manager Thought about it for a second power scratched his head and said yes, saving me all in all six thousand pesos, and free delivery!
Paul is available as your personal shopper, for a slight fee. (LOL)

So that night Mayang when came up stairs I was reading, and the TV was dark and she asked me why. I grinned and said; |Nothing on TV!”

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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Gary Murdock
Gary Murdock
6 years ago

Paul, welcome back. Hope you are feeling much better now. You have been missed, shipmate.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Gary Murdock

Gary;
I’m feeling better than before, I don’t want to go through the past few months again, so I’m following the doctors (and most important my wife’s orders). it’s tough with no beer or rum. but that’s the price I pay and since they stopped me from smoking back in March I see no reason st start them again.I’m going to try a couple of articles a month from now on until I can do more.

Bob Martin
6 years ago

Paul is back, welcome home!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob Martin

Bob; Thank You, it feels good to be on LiP again

Dennis Glass
Dennis Glass
6 years ago

Paul, glad you are feeling better and welcome back.
Dennis Glass

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Dennis Glass

Dennis:
It is good therapy for me.

john.j.
john.j.
6 years ago

Welcome back you old matelo! Will sell my shares in SMB now its no longer worth the investment.
Get well soon mate and lets have more of your wit and wisdom.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago

John;
Wit maybe but wisdom was never my strong point. But even I left the hospital smart enough to know which bathroom to use, what happened to America?

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

I have a prediction along those lines, Paul. With all of these “guys” who feel the need to use the female bathroom, how long do you think it will take before one of them sues because there is no urinal in the ladies room? Somebody will get a quick $5 Million for that one! 😉

Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

Hi Bob,

I am living here in North Carolina which is in the center of the controversy. I see another scenario where a transgender male to female is forced to go to the Men’s room at a Carolina Hurricanes Game, gets the crap beaten out of him and sues. I am not sure what the answer is there really did not seem to be a problem before the people in Charlotte(local government) first then the people in Raleigh (state government) passed silly laws. The first one on the Left the second on the Right.

Peace

Jay

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Jay

Personally, I think we have bigger things to worry about.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

Bob;
The first one to sue will be a transgender dude, maybe Bruce Jenner; he’ll do anything for money.

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

That is exactly what I was talking about.

Jay
Jay
6 years ago

Hi Paul, We purchase a Panasonic 50 inch plasma tv a little over 10 years ago. It set me back a little North of $1700. A year latter, they were selling for half that and it dropped another half not long after that. A couple of months ago it started to die. For awhile we could unplug it for awhile then plug it back in and it would work until we cut it off. Then we would have to leave it unplugged for awhile to get it to work. A month or so ago it died for good. I did… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Jay

Jay;
I miss my hard of hearing 36 inch Sony TV as here in the Philippines it is hard to figure out the Cygnal Sat. format. But you are right the price will drop as soon as you get them into your home. (lol)

Steve
Steve
6 years ago

Interesting article. I have heard that electronics are very expensive in Phil, so how much does a TV cost (say a 40 inch flat screen)?

In general, I would be interested to know the cost of anything which anyone wishes to communicate so I have some price ideas in my head.

And best wishes on your health; life is full of tunnels but it seems you are out now in the light.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Steve

Steve;
The prices I quoted were from here in the Philippines, so you tell me which is cheaper, as I have no stateside reference. After a while you forget to think western prices and just shop for the best deals you can find here.

Bob New York
Bob New York
6 years ago
Reply to  Steve

If you web search for appliance dealers in The Philippines you may be able to get some kind of idea of the cost of electronics and other appliances. You can go from low end bargain basement prices to the high end stuff. I have purchased items in PH to use as donations and also some as gifts for friends I have there. For the most part I only do business in retail establishments that have posted prices.

Nick
Nick
6 years ago

Hey Paul, Good to have you back. Read every one of your old articles while you were away. Keep getting better, Nick

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago

Nick;
That is the first time I’ve ever heard that, but I thank you for your loyalty yet I feel I don’t rate it. But I will try and write as often as I can just to prevent you from ever having to do that again. (LOL)

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Oh my, Paul… what did they do to you in the hospital? You are far too humble!

Jim
Jim
6 years ago

Hi Paul, good to see you back confusing the hell out of us all with your superior technical knowledge of the TV industry. Last year I parted with our Sony 42″ HD TV that we brought with us from the UK which was around 12 years old and still working as good as new. My mother in law can now sit in her kitchen and watch TV while she eats and still see everything from the Sala. We replaced the Sony with a Samsung 42″ Flat Screen HD and with enough inputs to run and control a fleet of Drones.… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Jim

Jim;
The life expectancy of anything is “Wait and see.”

john.j.
john.j.
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Thats the Philippine warranty “Wait and See”.

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