Ok – no judgement intended on anyone as I write this.
I tend to think that the consumer icon of our time is the plasma TV.
It seems to be the one item everyone ‘must have’. Sooner or later we will all laugh at those old boxes that used to take up so much space in our lounge rooms.
However at this stage we still have 68cm TEAC that is now 7 years old and up until yesterday was travelling along nicely. I have often thought of getting a bloody huge plasma, but have refrained as a bit of personal discipline – I don’t actually need a bloody huge plasma – I can see the 68cm TEAC just fine and it does the job very well.
Gowever when we arrived home today it started doing wacky things – ‘busted-tube-like’ things which had me in two minds.
a) Cool… now I can join the ranks of the plasma-ites and toss it in the bin. I have an excuse to succumb… I have always said I will never buy a new TV while the old one is still working (we have one in the bedroom we bought the year after we got married… 1991…)
b) For $150.00 I can probably get it fixed – or for $199.00 I can probably get a brand new 68cm clunker.
What would you do?…
Should I just say ‘what the heck’ and spend a couple of thousand on a brand new plasma/lcd? Or should I just spend $200.00 max to get a new version of the old one?…
Is this an issue of discipleship or am I just a bit fixated?