Well, it's tax season again here in the states. I got my W-2 form earlier this week, installed Turbo Tax last night, and had a go at my taxes. Being recently out of school with no real estate or significant investments to speak of, makes completing a 1040 income tax form decidedly tedious but uncomplicated. It also turned out to be rather pleasant, because I'm getting a significant refund.
Now I just have to figure out what I'm going to do with that refund. There's one part of me, the thrifty part of me, that wants to save it. After all, aside from a membership in the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society, I put the money in a new savings account and it has remained there ever since. Another part of me says that there are still lots of wedding-related things to buy, like wedding rings, and a few extra dollars will be useful in that process.
A third part of me, however, wants to buy a TV.
Our current TV is a 20" or 22" Panasonic I bought back in '96. I noticed recently that it is starting to have problems. Whenever a bright white object appears on screen, a green tinted bar appears horizontally across the screen as well. It's not like this problem makes the TV unwatchable, but, it does tell me that my poor litttle TV is beginning a downward spiral toward its doom. I've therefore had the idea in the back of my head that I should at least be thinking about a new one.
Fast forward to today, when Fiancee S. and I visited Circuit City to buy a new hands-free headset for our cordless phone (Fiancee S. likes to say that I take phone calls in "Backstreet Boy mode") and a special photo inkjet cartridge for our printer. The televisions called out to me while we were there. They had a beauty of a 27" Sony flat screen (as opposed to flat panel) for a very reasonable price. That, combined with a couple bits of hardware, would make for a very nice upgrade for our home entertainment system.
It would also consume a good portion of my tax refund however. So, I am left wondering, TV or not TV, that is the question.
on 2004-01-31 at 10:41 p.m.
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