Don’t Go to a Shopping Center on Saturday

Saturday February 4th 2023

The weather returned to the good side of the spectrum this morning. It was a sunny day with a high temperature in the low to mid seventies. This is consistent with the normal high for this time of year. After last week’s highs in the eighties it felt cool today.

I had the displeasure of being in a shopping center on a Saturday. Normally I’d avoid shopping at a big center on a Saturday, but late last night I got an Email from Best Buy. They found a TV to satisfy my order. Earlier in the week, I ordered a new TV for the living room of my RV home. It was in stock when I ordered it, but out of stock ten minutes later. They couldn’t meet the February 1st delivery date. I was given the option of canceling the order or waiting for the product to become available. The wording wasn’t hopeful and it was a product they were trying to liquidate. I decided to wait until the beginning of the week before canceling the order. It turned out to be the right decision.

The TV I’m replacing broke over a year ago. Getting it fixed was more expensive than a new TV. The issue with replacing it was the way it is mounted in my RV. The mounting hole pattern in my RV home is not common for a 43 inch TV. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a premium TV that will get bounced around and subject to hot and cold operating temperatures. During each traditional TV sales period, I scourer the specifications of all the TVs on sale for a suitable TV. This week during the pre Super Bowl TV sales I found a Pioneer 43 inch 4K TV that met my needs. It is an older unit that was on sale for $100 off.

After the ordeal of navigating the traffic through new housing developments with many “roundabouts”, I managed to get from Clermont to Winter Garden. Road management at the end of the last century was removing all the rotaries in favor of lights and four way intersections. Now they are adding them into perfectly good roads with the intent of slowing down traffic. They may do that, but I don’t think they eliminate accidents. I went through five or six in a two mile stretch of road. The shopping center was filled to overflowing with cars. It took a lot of searching to find a place near the Best Buy.

Tomorrow I need to go to Home Depot or Lowes to get the proper size bolts to mount the TV. I also have to drill two new holes in the metal mounting bracket to make the new TV fit. These modifications are minor compared with the contraptions I was envisioning to make some other TVs mountable. Once it is all complete I’ll have a working TV in the living room for the first time in over a year.


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