No not the lizard of Arizona fame, and not the ship that fought the Merrimac during the Civil War but the one attached to my Putter that allows me to see all the pretty pictures on the Interweb thingy. The one I had was imported from China it was a 15 inch flat screen and lasted two years, which in itself was 18 months more than I expected.
But while working on my Lip Article last week, in mid sentence it went dark, ceased to perform, died in my arms and was never to perform again. Now I have a guy for that also, one who can work his magic and restore it to life.
Within an hour I’m heading down to his shop, or “shed in his backyard” to place The Monitor in his care. When he saw the name and that it was from China, he smiled and said if I’m lucky it could be ready within a week, unsatisfactory answer but not his fault.
It had cost me 4,000 Peso for the old one and only the gods knew how much to fix it, so I went off to buy a new one. On the way we stopped at the Royal Store and Mayang mentioned that she needed new sheets for her new bed and they were on sale there. Off she went, as I wondered aimlessly to the electronics section, on the counter using as a demo for security camera’s was a what I thought was a monitor I gave the young man my Putter cable and asked if it fit the one they had, oh, and yes it fit and yes it’s for sale, Plus I received a solid yes that they are in stock!
I’m batting 500, but the price for the new Westinghouse SK-19H210S 19 Inch LCD HDTV was 5,700.00 pesos, but I figured it was two years since I’d bought my last monitor and it was a Hey Joe brand from China, and the one I was looking at was a Westinghouse 19inch. So an increase of 1,700.00 pesos seemed fair, and this time I wasn’t buying it from the Hey Joe dealer on a back street, that had just fell off the truck kinda’ a deal. But while researching The new monitor I see that back in the big Island of the USA they sell all day for $59.98, But then the cost of a ticket to the states would have really set me back, so I guess I got the best deal I could have, or I’d just been really screwed.
I skipped all the testing stuff and just wanted to go home and finish writing for Bob Martin’s LiP site, as he can get testy if I’m late. (Come on you know I’m joking about that) Now came Mayang with her new sheets two sets each. Remember the Monitor cost’s 5,700.00 pesos, the two sets of sheets were 11,000.00 pesos AND THEY WERE ON SALE!!! (I was thankful for that)
I’m all set to open my mouth and I quickly remember that she doesn’t ever ask for much, and that her house and how it looks is important to her, so I smiled and said; “Oh sweetheart they are very pretty.” and I paid for them gladly.
We arrive home and the Mother of our Grandson (Ymir Thea) who is techno savvy looks at my new Monitor and announces: Wow Daddy, it’s a new TV!” You know I was wondering what the remote control in the box was all about. I was going to try and bluff my way through and answer; “I knew that!” But instead I just said; “Aw crap”.
Then she explained it would do both, so I hooked it up, and pushed buttons until the Puter stuff appeared on the screen and deemed it a good thing. But herein lays the rub, while pushing all those buttons I’ve somehow set the TV/Monitor to shut down every 90 minutes. To which had shocked me the first time, and found that the remote control albeit I’d thought it an extra piece of equipment, also served a valuable function. I’ll turn off that whatever it is someday, but I’ll just live with it for now.
Then I hear from my daughter: “Daddy, may I have the old monitor?” I wondered about her wanting it and said yes anyway. Now here is my prediction, she will get it fixed and then trade me it for the new flat screen TV/Monitor that would fit so well in her room. What do they think; that I just fell off the turnip truck?
I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.