The Magic Box
|This is us - just add a few kids|
I know - we sound pathetic. But we were resigned to our fate. Mostly. I mean, I did have a hankering to see Downton Abbey; but there just didn't seem to be a way.
Anywhoo, a friend of mine and I have recently instituted a gals' movie night, because ...well, do we really need a reason? Our plan is to only watch movies our husbands would hate. That way, we can enjoy our cinematic experience without feeling waves of resentment and disgust emanating from our fellow viewers. Foreign films, chick flicks, touchy-feely whatever...oh, it is glorious!
So! The first night I go to her house, and it turns out she has one of those comfy family rooms where you can actually enjoy watching a movie. "Let's check Netflix," she said, settling on the couch and picking up her remote.
"What? Netflix on your TV? Don't you have to go upstairs to your computer?" asked Ma Ingalls here, taking off her prairie bonnet and smoothing her skirts as she sat down in front of the fancy flat screen HD whatever.
|The magic box|
"WHAT box? WHERE? I MUST HAVE IT!"
I must say, she seemed a little taken aback by my urgency. But I couldn't stop.
"Do you need a fancy TV to use it? Where did you get it? How does it connect to Netflix?" I demanded. "TELL ME NOW!"
"Well, I don't really know...I guess it connects to the wireless, right?" she said, eyeing me a little uneasily.
"It's THAT simple? Just a new TV and a little box? We don't all have to huddle around the computer to watch a Three Stooges episode?" I couldn't believe it. A short 10-minute walk to Best Buy and I could watch Downton Abbey like everyone else?
I spent the next few weeks researching prices and dragging David to Best Buy to explain things to me. Turns out that kid knew about the little box all along. "WHY didn't you tell me?" I asked him. "I NEED this!"
So, today - today was the day of reckoning. "Look!" I said to an unsuspecting Larry, brandishing the weekly Best Buy circular in front of him. "Look! A TV! On sale! And a ROKU box! Do you have any money?"
You know what's interesting? It's way easier to convince my spouse to buy electronics than to buy bedroom furniture. And, yes, our mattress/boxspring is still on the floor. I'm pretty much used to it by now.
[Old TV image: Vitrue.com]
[New TV image: CNet]