My Sharp Aquos LC-37D7U showed up today at 11:00a and it looks spectacular. The delivery guy thinks he was the one who originally delivered my 40” Sony CRT. That’d be funny.

The first movie I’m going to watch is The Fifth Element, my favorite. It’s got some great detail to it, too, so it’ll be a nice test of the new set’s capabilities. Totally looking forward to it.

And thus ends an era, the era of Distort-o-Vision, the 40” CRT that stuck with me for two years.

Rest in peace, Distort-o-Vision. October 2002 - February 2005.

I went yesterday to Magnolia A/V and picked out my new TV. I ended up getting the Sharp Aquos LC-37D7U, the latest 37” LCD panel. The repair people I talked to recommended the Sharp line, and I’ve seen ‘em in action and liked ‘em, so this seemed the best way to go.

It arrives Monday morning, when the delivery folks will also take away the old distort-o-vision. Apparently they’re going to calibrate it and whatnot and one of the store employees is going to buy it. More power to him.

The only downside now is I have to go out and get a new TV stand, which I plan on doing today. Heck, if that’s the only thing left to do, I’m made in the shade.

Watching TV last night, saw a commercial for a current popular movie. The opening line of the commercial killed me. Imagine, in that deep announcer’s voice, you hear:

“Only one movie in America is number one this week!”

As opposed to what? Like, two movies tied for number one? That’s brilliant. I think the writers from Kettle Chips must have moved down to California.

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WonderfallsI mentioned that we were watching Wonderfalls lately. We finished last night with the last episode, and I feel like I should start watching them all over again.

Wonderfalls is the story of Jaye Tyler, played by Caroline Dhavernas, who is a Generation-Y college graduate with a philosophy degree. She’s stuck, dissatisfied with life (and only slightly bitter), living in a trailer park and working retail at a Niagara Falls souvenir shop.

One day inanimate animal shaped objects start talking to her (a wax lion, a monkey bookend, a lizard puppet) and, through their cryptic guidance, Jaye ends up helping people.

I won’t say much more than that because while it sounds like a sort of lame premise, you’d be absolutely astounded at how well it works. The characters are all lovable, the writing is solid, the acting is solid… in fact, I’d have to say Wonderfalls rates as one of my all-time favorite TV shows.

Unfortunately, Fox cancelled the show after airing only four of the 13 episodes. Lucky for fans, they released all 13 on DVD and you can see what you missed. Once you see it, you’ll understand why folks think Fox is absolutely stupid for making some of the decisions it makes.

However unfortunately the cancellation of the show was, one thing you’ll like is that the first season is a completely contained story. They didn’t leave any cliffhangers at the end, so when you finish watching the 13th episode, you’ll get the closure you seek. They could have run with it in a second season, but the first season does wind up nicely.

Definitely pick one up; you can’t beat it.

I achieved a semblance of closure on this whole television issue yesterday when I spoke with the manager of the Beaverton Magnolia A/V store (whose name is Dick) and he said he’d give me trade-in credit of half the purchase price of my distort-o-vision toward the purchase of a new TV.

Woohoo!

I’m going to go in on Saturday and pick out a new set. They’ll pick up the old one, fix it up, and sell it as a used/refurb. That takes care of all my problems: I don’t have to figure out how to get the behemoth out of my living room, and I don’t have to eat the whole cost of a new set.

I’m looking at direct-view LCD TVs (not rear-projection). The Magnolia service rep recommended the Sharp Aquos line of TVs, and that’s pretty much where I ended up with my research, too. I’ve seen some other brands out there that look okay, but everywhere I turn, someone tells me to consider the Sharp.

The 37” models are sort of in my price range (with my trade-in credit and some price negotiations), so I think that’s where I’ll go. I’d like the 45” model, but that’s a bit pricey for me.

Saturday, here I come!