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Another 40 inches Please My Life 08 NOV 2011

So these arrived on my desk the other day, courtesy of Takealot.com:

Now as you can see for yourself, that’s some pretty exciting watching right there, which immediately presented a new problem for me – how would I pry Chantelle away from our existing 40″ high definition Samsung LCD television and all of her cooking, 7de Laan and Come Dine with Me shows?

The answer, it’s probably impossible.

So I came up with a devious plan – I would purchase my Christmas present early, the thing I’ve been dreaming about for a year now: a second 40″ HD television for our underutilised braai room, thus turning it in one fell swoop into both a man television cave and baby dvd playroom! (At least, that’s how I would sell it to Chantelle).

So during the week, after completing my quota of work for the day, I snuck out to the mall in search of my new flat screen beast, bearing in mind my particularly limited budget (which in any event was only possible thanks to a good month of surplus income via the adverts on my blogs).

After visits to Hi-Fi Corporation, Dion Wired, and various specials pamphlets, I finally found something worth picking up at Game: A Telefunken 40″ Full HD LCD television set (TLCD-40FHDB).

Shock, horror, I know. A cheap Chinese television which probably isn’t all that good.

True, true, and I know that I’m taking a big chance on this one. Luckily for me though, my expectations are pretty low – after all, the television isn’t going to be hooked up to anything other than my XBOX 360 and little USB media player, meaning that as long as it can produce pretty visuals off those, then I’ll be happy. And at R3,700 for the television plus R400 for Game’s extended warranty, I get a decent midrange LCD TV with 3 years worth of peace of mind for a low R4,200, where an equivalent of a much better, preferred brand like Samsung or Sony will set me back quite a couple thousand more!

Anyway, after an eventful trip back home, I immediately grabbed our unused lounge coffee table and set the thing up in the braai room, where I happily ignored Chantelle’s concerns that I should have bought a smaller set to better suit the space.

Hooking up the XBOX, firing up Dante’s Inferno, followed by Batman: Year One, all I’m left with is “Oh yeah, now this is pretty damn awesome!” :)

So yes, my house now currently brags with two big-ass 40″ flat screen television sets! Feeling so “upper-class” right now I tell you. :P

Warfare at the Parents’ Pad My Life 08 FEB 2010

So another weekend of Chantelle working has come and gone, but having now learned the trick, Saturday was once more spent in the company of mates blasting the crap out of one another in Modern Warfare 2. Still without a car, I dropped Chantelle off at work early morning on Saturday and headed out to Bellville, in order to hit Northumberland Street so that I can replace my training shoes thanks to the fact that my current pair of Olympics ended up not lasting quite as long as what I hoped they might – though looking at the damage they endured and what I forced them to do, I’m surprised they have maintained the majority of their original form!

Anyway, that trip was quite successful (thanks Shoe City) and after a quick stop over at Tygervalley, part two of my Saturday kicked off as I headed off to Mom and Dad’s place to take over their pad seeing as they are currently enjoying the life of the rich and famous out at Pinnacle Point again. Around 11:45 the boys started arriving, and before I could blink, Terrance, Damen and Ryan were all present and accounted for, with Terrance’s XBOX neatly hooked up to Dad’s big LCD screen and Damen’s XBOX and monitor hooked up via hub a little ways away.

As it turned out though, our clever plan of creating an 8 man environment in Modern Warfare 2 using two XBOXes hooked up in LAN formation took a bit of a nosedive when we realized that the four player splitscreen option is only available as a single machine operation and not part of the multiplayer package. Bugger.

Still, no problem really as Terrance simply scooted over and Damen plonked down beside him, ready to commence our four-man free-for-all! To cut out the boring details of six hours worth of straight Modern Warfare 2 gaming, we’ll simply leave it at Mr. Brown once again proved his mastery as he walloped poor Damen and me over and over again, so much so that at one stage he was boasting a 15 game unbeaten run. Now that’s incredible. Stupid knife attack and grenade launcher attachment *grumble* *grumble*! :P

There were of course some epic moments to be had and some gleefully violent ones at that, but for me one of the best takedowns of the entire day had to be on the Rust map where one of the guys had positioned themselves at the top of the main structure and as I was climbing up to take them down, he flipping launched himself off the structure and killed me with a knife slash as he fell past me. Absolutely brilliant!

Anyway, around 18:00 we called it a day, rubbed our tired eyes (well at this stage only the three of us were left: Ryan had been summoned back by Michelle early on in the day and Karl-Heinz felt intimidated so he phoned in sick. Dean was simply trapped in the clutches of work once again), packed up and left, content with the number of chips, glasses of cooldrink, and intense gaming action that we had consumed.

Nice.

Sunday on the other hand was a far more relaxing affair as Terrance popped over to Gordon’s Bay for a Sin City and Blade Runner viewing session. Was tricky sans couches – our new ones are arriving on Wednesday and so Gaylord picked up our old ones on Saturday – but we managed, and even ended up playing some more games and rounding the visit off with some good old Ooskus.

Once again, Nice! :)

Damen and Terrance oblivious to everything else around them.