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post #1 of 17
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Some friends visited us the other evening and somehow or other they asked how old our TV is. We figured out that we bought it in 1987, so it's approaching twenty years old. It was a fairly nice, fairly large TV at the time we bought it and it still works just fine Still, it IS basically twenty years old. Not only that, but we're not anti-TV snobs by any means and we do watch a fair amount of TV.

What really hit home about that conversation is that I just recently wrote the check(s) for not one but two ski purchases. Now, I typically buy pro-form or online and don't pay anywhere near full boat on skis, but I could buy a very nice new TV for what we just paid for two pairs of skis/bindings. We have ONE television set. We have at least 8 perfectly serviceable pairs of skis.

I mentioned this to my wife the other day. Over the twenty years that we've had the same TV, we have probably, between us, bought more than thirty pairs of skis.

My wife looked at me like I was CRAZY if I was considering foregoing the purchase of skis just to get a new TV. :

I just find that amusing.
post #2 of 17
Bob,

I like watching yur TV just fine. Makes me feel like I'm at home
post #3 of 17
Bob your wife is obviously COOL

Lucky man.
post #4 of 17
Bob, !
post #5 of 17
Bob it sounds like you have your priorities right! What would you really miss on TV if it breaks, compared to if you have only 1 set of skis and they break.
post #6 of 17
I looked at TV sets the other day while shopping for a new refrigerator.

$4000 .... my old set looks so much better (12 year old big screen) ...

There is no such thing as a $4K pic on the tube ...

$4K for "magic skis" .... may be a possibility ...
post #7 of 17
Even the new TV's with the "Super sharp" images don't hold on ice, and you have that long cord following you down the mountain.

I suggest you "Kill your TV" like the posters advise

Ski money is spent to enjoy YOUR life.

You done good!

CalG

:-))))
post #8 of 17
You sound like us! We can always justify buying outdoor gear: skis, snowshoes, kayaks, bikes, etc. In fact, on our first date, we met at Eastrn Mountain Sports before dinner to see what each other's buying habits were...we discovered that we would definitely goad each other into many purchases. :

But when our fridge died this summer, we really DID need to replace it...we have a small kitchen, don't need a gigantic fridge, but even smaller fridges cost a fortune.

Thatsagirl
post #9 of 17
prioritys are really for living things
post #10 of 17
My (used) skis are worth more than the crappy little TV I have that is now 20+ years old.

I got a nice 10 year old TV recently when its former owner bought a fancy plasma HDTV set.

A question: why do people who go through the effort of buying an HDTV tolerate watching standard TV in "fill the screen" mode? "Look at how my expensive HDTV makes standard TV look worse!" I also am amused by the people who can't tell that what they are watching is a distorted standard TV image. (There doesn't seem to be much of a reason to buy an HDTV now unless you want to "impress" your friends.)

I did just buy a WW kayak.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Thatsagirl
You sound like us! We can always justify buying outdoor gear: skis, snowshoes, kayaks, bikes, etc. In fact, on our first date, we met at Eastrn Mountain Sports before dinner to see what each other's buying habits were...we discovered that we would definitely goad each other into many purchases. :

But when our fridge died this summer, we really DID need to replace it...we have a small kitchen, don't need a gigantic fridge, but even smaller fridges cost a fortune.

Thatsagirl
Heh. You're right.

I hadn't even remotely factored in the hiking, biking, climbing, rafting, camping, and flyfishing gear we've bought during that time. Hell, we could OWN a TV station. :
post #12 of 17
If you pay for cable/dish, you are not spending enough on skiing.
post #13 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Heh. You're right.

I hadn't even remotely factored in the hiking, biking, climbing, rafting, camping, and flyfishing gear we've bought during that time. Hell, we could OWN a TV station. :
Sure, remind me of the camping and flyfishing gear too. Sheesh, life is good!

If you buy a TV station, please hire me. Remember, I am a journalist...though just a lowly ski writer...

Thatsagirl
post #14 of 17
Inspired by your post, found my Rossi 7S's in the basement, replete with semi frozen Geze bindings, threw some wax on them, took them out yesterday for a run on what passes for snow in NE. That night, hauled up a TV of about the same age (get the idea I never throw away anything?). I'd give the nod to the TV. And unlike the Rossi's, it wasn't the premier model of that day.
post #15 of 17
Sad to say our quiver of TVs matches our quiver of skis at 4 each. I do have a decent ski flick collection though that balances it out :-)
post #16 of 17
less than 400 bucks can buy a pretty good tv, but if you don't feel the need than you don't have one. skis are more fun anyway
post #17 of 17
Our only TV is 14", but it is hooked to cable, but only basic cable. We just spent $22 on night stands ($11ea). We decided not to buy a real bedroom set. We just couldn't see spending that kind of money - well that kind of money on furniture. We did just spend $1500 on skis. That gives us 8 pairs.
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