56. A Year with No TV

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Starting in February 2009, broadcasts of all TV will be digital, replacing current analog signals. For who have cable or satellite TV, this is non-issue, because their reception will not be affected. people who use rabbit ears or outside antennas ’t be able to receive the new digital signals. ’ll have to buy a converter for each TV, will cost about $50 each. For Chris, that too much.

Instead, Chris was simply going to his two TVs away to a thrift shop. he would wait until the prices went way on digital tuner TVs, and buy one when price was right. He loaded the TVs into car.

The lady at the thrift shop wasn’t at first. She changed her mind when he that they were only 13” TVs, and that worked perfectly. He was relieved when she accepted . Had she not, he would have had to them at a hazardous waste facility, which meant in line, in his car, for hours on .

Chris got home feeling good. Now he was to enjoy at least a year of no . The “idiot box” was a good name for waste of electricity. He felt like a new for having got rid of his two TVs. Donna called that night, he proudly told her news. Donna, whose native language was Chinese, was happy.

“What do you mean, you have no ?” she yelled over the phone. “How are you to teach me anything when I call to you about new vocabulary on the 11 o’clock ?” She had a few more things to say. sighed. When she finished, he promised her he buy a new digital TV the very next day.