I spent my day working from home, waiting for my TV to be delivered. It arrived around 1:30, while I was eating lunch. The two delivery guys had to take a break on the 2nd floor while bringing it up to my apartment, but they got it in the door. After a cursory inspection, I closed the box up again, signed the paperwork, and it was all mine.
The TV weighs about 80 lbs, so I was wary of trying to set it up myself. I'm not mounting it on the wall, so I just had to attach the stand and move it into place on the new entertainment center. I tried to get a friend from work to stop by and help, but when he didn't get back to me, I did it myself. I set up the shipping box lid as a work space with towels to cushion the TV, then gently tilted it over onto the box and removed the base of the shipping box. I attached the TV's base, then pulled the box lid over to the entertainment center. Then, having moved the old TV into the office, I tilted the HDTV back onto its base, then lifted it two feet onto the entertainment center. A few cable connections later, and I'm watching HD cable now. Not all the HD channels work yet, and apparently I have to pay extra to get ESPN HD and a few other channels. But the ones that do work (most of them, including HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax) look fantastic. I'm so happy with it. Even turned off, the new TV looks beautiful. Tomorrow I'll get my HDMI cables from work, use those to hook up the cable box, and connect the DVD player.
I know how I'm spending my weekend: on my ass, watching TV and movies.
HD Cinemax could be very, very scary. I'm just sayin', is all.
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