A Big-Assed TV Family

This weekend was terribly exciting. What did I do? Well, I cleaned three toilets that were ravaged by two boys. I listened to teenage angst. I went to a fund raiser for Ian's autism program, where Steve won an autographed picture of John Travolta. I went to the gym to work off the winter pudge. Damn, Laura, you live a goddamn awesome life! 

We also made a major life decision. We bought a big-assed TV. 

Downstairs, the previous owners put an extension on the house. The wife needed an art studio. It has a large closet that was set up as a drying rack for her paintings. Because it was an art studio, the room isn't anything fancy. The linoleum floor is cracking. 

We set it up as a playroom for the kids, when we moved in. Some crappy hand-me down furniture and IKEA bins of Lego. I didn't do much more than that. The wall is dotted with holes from old painting hooks, and one wall has some cheap shelving. 

In a house that needs lots of TLC, we decided to put our energy into this room. We wanted to set up a teenage zone for our teenager, who is having a tough time. What does a  teenage room need? A big-assed TV. 

We never thought we would be the big-assed TV family. It was a lifestyle choice. So, this purchase was a major reversal for us. 

We went from this….


And this…


To this…. 


We will need several more weekends to get the room looking awesome. A new floor isn't going to happen soon, but we will slap on a coat of paint and fix the cushions on the sofa that we picked  up at the yard sale. Maybe we have someone flatten out that back wall for us and mount the TV on the wall. In the meantime, the teenagers have their big-assed TV. And so will we. 


11 thoughts on “A Big-Assed TV Family

  1. I recently got a 42″ flat screen through the neighborhood freecycle. My former tv was 19″. I am in awe of the new tv. It feels like I have a movie theater in my basement.

  2. The big-ass tv is, along with soda, pizza and other junk food, required if we want our teenagers to hang out at our house. Otherwise, they go elsewhere and we don’t know who they are hanging out with and what they are doing. One of the costs of parenting in the 21st century.

  3. That’s a big-ass tv? We saw (and bought) a house this weekend with a *real* big-ass tv. It even had its own personal alcove in the family room. When E saw it, he almost peed his pants in excitement. I sadly had to explain to him that the tv didn’t come with the house.

  4. I’m not sure if I should feel happy or sad that the TV in the first picture, which seems to be very similar in size to mine (though mine is probably less fancy- it’s not HD, for example) wasn’t the “big-ass” tv. It certainly seemed big when I bought it (I’d had one that was maybe 16″-19″ inches, w/ a built-in VCR for many years before that.) I guess I’m used to it now, but it is better for movies, the only thing I used it for.

  5. I really want to mount a flatscreen on the wall. Our tv is nearing the replacement stage (because we want to have smoother connections to our other devices — computers, ipads, etc, and it’s not compatible). But, I want it to mounted on the wall, and be able to stream photographs to it, and display our calendars on it and we haven’t gotten around to making all those things work.
    Congratulations on the TV (and, Wendy, good news about the house!).

  6. “I only own a Cathode ray set” is going to be the new “I don’t even own a TV.”
    A colleague of mine has a collection of quite old TVs (some clearly from the first days of production for homes, all pre 1965,I’d guess) and they are really neat. I don’t know if any of them work- they are used as art and/or furniture in his house- but looking at them, I can understand why people thought you shouldn’t sit too close, for fear of microwaves or radiation or something. Some of them look like they’d cook dinner if you set it on top of them. I suspect they were not so good for watching things on, but as objects, they are much prettier than today’s tvs.

  7. MH,
    We own a rare (?) circa 2001 flat screen cathode ray TV, bought to celebrate my husband’s first tenure track job. My only problem with it is that at 90 pounds, it’s a hazard to small children unless carefully secured to the wall.
    Like our newylywed IKEA furniture, it just won’t wear out, even if I kind of wish it would.

  8. One of my favorite Office episodes (“The Dinner Party”?) has Michael Thomas proudly showing off his teeny tiny new flat screen TV.

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