Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

The Bigger the TV the Better the Man?

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

The Bigger the TV the Better the Man?

Article excerpt

WE weren't planning on buying a big TV.

Honestly.

We don't even watch that much television.

But I guess we'll have to, now that we've got this bloody big thing sitting in the lounge room.

It sort of squats there like a gargoyle ... watching us.

I feel guilty if it's not turned on as soon as we get home.

I'm not even sure how the whole thing happened.

I remember that we were out in the car when my wife saw one of those signs advertising 45,000 days interest free, or something.

"I wonder how much one of those new-fangled wide-screen TVs would cost?" she said.

"I don't know," I replied.

"It can't hurt to look."

It can't hurt to look!

What the hell was I thinking?

Before you can say "here's the credit card - help yourself", we'd done a u-turn and were heading back to the shop.

Actually, that's not entirely true.

We took a small detour first because my wife decided that her 20-something-year-old son should probably have a wide-screen TV as well, so we went around to his place and bashed on the door until he dragged himself out of bed.

It wasn't our fault that he'd worked the night shift and his body clock thought it was only 4am.

"But I don't want a big TV," he whined, as he wiped the fairy-poo out of his little eyes.

"Of course you don't darling," agreed my wife.

"But come for a drivey-wivey with mummy-wummy and she'll buy you an ice-cream."

"Oh boy, oh boy. Mummy's going to buy me an ice-cream," he said as he skipped to the car, his unblemished credit rating bounding along behind him.

Actually, it didn't happen like that at all.

Except for the part about his credit rating.

What really happened was that we woke him up, said "come to the pub for lunch" and he was in the car faster than you could say "would you like a steak sandwich with that beer?"

Ten minutes later we were standing in the showroom, looking at some of the biggest television sets we had ever seen. …

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