The 32-inch dilemma

“Because it is Monday, you see,
We are giving away this TV,”
When the game reached its half,
We could not help but laugh,
When the waitperson brought it to me.

For I’ve not owned a set til this day,
And the prize brings me dread and dismay,
Though the gesture was nice,
It’s an evil device,
Do I keep it, or give it away?

TV box with grumpycat

Meps’ reaction to winning a TV

On a Monday evening, I met my sister, Julie, at Highlands pub in Eugene, Oregon for a drink and some conversation. As we sat down in the booth, she noticed that there was a TV over her head. “Do you want to switch places?” she asked, knowing that I can’t stand television. “No, it’s high enough that it won’t interfere,” I answered.

Our waiter was a friendly fellow, and at one point, he brought us a couple of cards and pencils. “What’s this?” we asked. “We’re giving away a TV at halftime,” he said. Until then, we hadn’t even noticed that the rest of the patrons were watching Monday Night Football.

I thought it was safe to put my name in the drawing, because I never win anything. Until this time: At halftime, they announced that Meps Schulte was the winner, and the waiter carried a brand-new 32-inch television to our table. Julie and I were practically on the floor, laughing at the irony. I am 100% certain that I was the only person in the place who did not already own a TV.

Sadly, my perfect record of never owning a TV set is now broken. Should I give it away? To do so would increase TV-watching in the world. Or should I keep it to watch Burning Man documentaries, classic movies, and silly cat videos?

What a dilemma! I welcome your suggestions in the comments.

8 thoughts on “The 32-inch dilemma

  1. Quite the dilemma…my Windows 7 computer’s hard drive got too full and all the upgrades for memory had been done, so I had to get a new computer (Windows 10) and it came with a FREE 32″ TV/monitor. It does make watching movies better and easier to share with friends than my computer monitor or laptop! Still…I don’t watch TV, but I do need to get a bigger desk to use it as a monitor LOL…so for now it’s in the living room and Nate and I cozy up in my chair and watch movies…well,,,he sleeps and purrs!

  2. Congratulations on winning. What do you have for an apartment or living space? You could sail to NZ or OZ where it won’t work as a TV, but only as a monitor like ours. Steve and Judy, s/v Code Blue now in Fiji, but soon headed to NZ. We leave Seattle on 27th.

  3. Congrats!! I agree — it works great as a monitor — we have one that size and appreciate Redbox rentals, Netflix & Amazon streaming, etc… That’s all that we use ours for. ;) (Oh yes — it worked well for the ‘Burn’ documentaries that we watched.) ;)

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