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April 4, 2013

Cat Tales: Two LED TVs are better than one

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A few months ago, I moved an old Orion 14 inch TV from the spare bedroom to the top of the refrigerator so that I could watch it while I’m cooking, or in the summer while I’m freezing vegetables from the garden.

Several weeks ago, the RCA 26 inch LED TV in the living room started to lose some sound. The picture was fine, but the sound kept getting more spotty as the weeks went on until the sound only came on every once in awhile and only for a few seconds.

So, I decided to turn on the TV in the kitchen so that I could hear the sound and still watch programs from the living room. This got to be tiresome running back and forth trying to have both TVs on the same channel at the same time.

I finally decided to go out and look for another TV for the living room. I went to a couple of stores to compare prices and to see what was on sale, if any. I then decided to check out Sears. The man who waited on me said they were just putting out some new TVs and asked me what I was looking for.

I told him 26 inches is as big as what would fit in my console. He didn’t have a 26 inch TV, but he did have a 24 incher. When he told me it was on closeout for about half the price and had a sharp picture, I was sold. I gave him a check for $158.93 which included the tax. It is a Toshiba LED HDTV, which he carried out to the car for me.

Since I’m not electronically savvy, I let my sister hook it up for me on Saturday. She did and she couldn’t get the sound to work on the new TV, either. She said she didn’t have time at the moment to work on it because she had to be somewhere, but she would come back on Sunday and read up on it and see what the problem was.

I had to make it one more day without a new TV.

I thought it was awfully strange that the sound on both TVs wouldn’t work. My sister thought the same thing and when she came back, she unhooked the cable box and hooked the old TV directly into the cable wire. The sound on the TV started working fine without the cable box. It was that box that was torn up, not the TV. I will return the cable box to the company for a new one, I told my sister.

Now, I had an extra LED TV. I didn’t want to take it back because it was cute and slim and a good buy. I didn’t want to put it in my bedroom because I have an old 19 or 20 inch Symphonic regular TV because it has a DVD player and a VHS. My niece has some VHS and DVD movies she can still play on it if she wants to.

I could put the new TV on the fridge in the kitchen, I thought.

So, I did. I pushed it to the back close to the wall so the cat, Little Orphan Annie, that jumps up there won’t knock it down. I trained the cats to not get on the counters and refrigerator, but Annie is still somewhat a baby at 10 months old and she thinks she can jump on the counter and then jump onto the refrigerator.

I put the old Orion back in the spare bedroom.

The shiny new 24 inch LED TV looks great on top of the refrigerator. It’s the first thing you notice when you come through the kitchen door.

“People are going to think I’m rich,” I told my sister and laughed.

cmills@sentinel-echo.com

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