*sigh*

Jan. 25th, 2010 11:51 am
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I realized, in the past couple days, that I have a complex. I'm deathly afraid of looking like White Trash.

Context:

A while back, our large 60-inch tv stopped working. My husband has several ideas of what is wrong with it, but he's not a tv-repair man, and the ideas could cost up to several hundred dollars to repair. So we had been watching a small tv on a table in the livingroom, which was placed in front of the large tv while we were figuring out what to do. (As an aside: My Sergeant assured me that this is only White Trash if you place the smaller tv on top of the larger tv.)

So yesterday, the smaller tv went out. This leaves us, in the house, with only the oldest, smallest television that we own, a 32-inch old box tv that currently resides in the bedroom.

In my mind, this is not acceptable. And it placed me in the somewhat odd position of having to try and convince my husband that we need a new tv. He's right, we don't need it. We absolutely don't need a new tv. But it is unacceptable, in my mind, with my mom flying in today, to have two broken televisions sitting in the livingroom. And it was driving me bonkers.

So instead of using the tax return to pay off an entire credit card, we're paying off half a credit card and buying a plasma tv. *sigh* I feel wrong about doing this. But at the same time, it simply must be done, in my head.

Date: 2010-01-25 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] es.livejournal.com
My first boyfriend used to talk about how awesome double-wide trailers are, and would make plans for sprucing one up to be amazing. And I just... I couldn't handle it. I don't care that a double-wide is possibly better than a house. I don't care! No trailers! That's not who I am!

So I totally understand.

- ES

Date: 2010-01-25 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elena23.livejournal.com
You're judging me for my doublewide, aren't you?!?! *sob*

Date: 2010-01-25 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fadedsecrets.livejournal.com
That's how John is. It drives him crazy that our furniture is mismatched and we are using his mom's old TV in the living room (OLD - it's still in a box, swivels, etc. heh. Hasn't moved in years). I do have my limits, but overall I don't really care as long as things are clean. To me, "White Trash" is like...cigarettes all over the floor, greasy, badly-bleached hair, and smacking gum while yelling incoherently about some bitch they're going to beat the shit out of later...not so much the things they own.

Date: 2010-01-25 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elena23.livejournal.com
I would have been completely fine with the old tvs...had they kept working!

Date: 2010-01-25 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mraccoon.livejournal.com
You'd feel so out of place if you came over. My family picture is probably in the dictionary next to "white trash".

Date: 2010-01-25 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elena23.livejournal.com
I live in a home that the FHA nicely defines as "manufactured" for loan purposes but which is, actually, a doublewide on permanent foundation. ;-)

Date: 2010-01-25 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jon-rariden.livejournal.com
Wow. You feeling like buying a great new TV is a necessity, and your husband not seems like a role reversal for y'all. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall for that conversation, lol.

Date: 2010-01-26 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] waywalker.livejournal.com
LOL! Dude, Charisma 18. I have my wife telling me that we must buy a brand new 50" plasma TV. It's like taking candy from a baby!

Date: 2010-01-26 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilacfree.livejournal.com
We have two extra working tvs in our house. Jeremy and I are trying to make time to take all our broken/outdated electronics gear to the recycling place. His old giant tv, on the other hand, is too heavy to move. So we're kinda stumped about it.

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