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Hotel Room

Posted on 2008.04.30 at 21:05
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For six years of my life spanning third through eighth grade, we lived with my great-grandparents to provide them assistance. During this period, my parents spent most of their free-time indoors, in their bedroom. The one room which had a color television, cable, and air conditioning. They even had a little table in there for snacks and such, since we had every dinner together as a family in the dining room.

When I had children of my own, we converted our two-and-a-half car garage to a den - an awesome set up in that it was cavernous, and the door which separated the garage from the rest of the house was an external door, sealed, and nearly soundproof. This was where the only television in the house was, as we all shared it, and it could be used just as easily for adult activities as it could children's.

Moving to Saint Louis was an experience insofar as our house was very small. During our tenure there, we tried a variety of combinations, none of which were ideal. The master bedroom moved an unprecedented FOUR TIMES. And, thanks to galinda822 and her 27" television, there was a TV each of the children's rooms, the common area, and the living room. Still - when we built out the basement for the children, they wanted to be upstairs, and when we moved into the basement, they wanted to be downstairs. A small measure of advice for new parents - they always want to stand between you and your television, no matter where you are.

Back in Texas, we gave the children the entire South Wing of the house. Nearly one-third of our spacious home is dedicated to the children: Two bedrooms, a full bath, and their very-own living area. This has worked great except for one small oversight: To get to or from that area of the house, they have to fully traverse the remaining square footage. Hrm.

So my wife decided on turning the master suite into a 'Hotel Room' with leather chairs, a small table, and flat-panel television. I picked up the TV today. My first HDTV.

I'm turning into my parents.


irulan_amy at 2008-05-01 02:12 (UTC) (Link)
I've heard that happens to us all.

Score on the HDTV!
ehowton at 2008-05-01 12:28 (UTC) (Link)
Ask photogoot about looking in the mirror one day.
galinda822 at 2008-05-01 02:14 (UTC) (Link)
'Hotel Room' - deja vu.

One of her dreams comes true!

Did you also pick up a heavy duty industrial lock for the door? :)
irulan_amy at 2008-05-01 03:07 (UTC) (Link)
You make a very good point. :D
ehowton at 2008-05-01 12:44 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, so the children can stand there and ceaselessly knock. That won't piss her off!

I just want her to think everything through is all.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-01 02:49 (UTC) (Link)
I have but two questions: does the TV doe 1080p and when are you installing the Blu-ray player?
ehowton at 2008-05-01 12:57 (UTC) (Link)
I do not require 1080p and don't have any immediate plans for installing a Blu-ray player.
catttitude at 2008-05-01 13:41 (UTC) (Link)
The t.v. is way to big for the bedroom. I think I would have preferd a 37" t.v. but you know the men. For some reason they think "bigger is better" wonder where they get that idea from.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-01 13:52 (UTC) (Link)
wonder where they get that idea from.
Women who say that size matters!
galinda822 at 2008-05-01 19:41 (UTC) (Link)

Fantastic question hon! We both know that ain't the truth though! ;)
jaceman at 2008-05-01 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
I purchased my first HDTV the day after Amanda moved out hoping it would make me feel better. Not only did that not work, now I complain because I don't have HD programming so the HD set looks worse than my standard definition TV sets.


P.S. There are worse things to turn into than your parents. Like say the parents of Uday and Qusay Hussein.
ehowton at 2008-05-01 16:55 (UTC) (Link)
The nice thing about 720p is that it upconverts and downconverts with nary a problem. All I own are standard DVD's and we don't have cable or satellite 'television' at all. I use it as a DVD-display device only.
wardlejew at 2008-05-01 16:21 (UTC) (Link)

My 22" monitor is my HDTV now, and that is a huge upgrade from my 10 year old TV. Now if only I was willing to pay to get TV in the first place. Amazing how I've not missed paying for TV this past year. Netflix provides all the TV I need.
ehowton at 2008-05-01 17:12 (UTC) (Link)
Every year or so, we get cable or satellite for a year, then we go without for a year. We're on our "off" year, and frankly, now that my wife is working, I don't think we'll go back.

Its fantastic not being a slave to a thing.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-01 17:43 (UTC) (Link)
Netflix is the fucking bomb.
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