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I am so bloody middle class - Tactical Ninja

Aug. 16th, 2012

11:26 am - I am so bloody middle class

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One of the things I love about Dr Wheel is that he doesn’t stuff around. He just gets on with whatever he’s doing and so things get done. You know how yesterday I said we’d decided to buy a giant TV? Turns out that as I typed that, he was busy getting one sorted (that was the deal - he sorted the telly, I sorted the double glazing). And unexpectedly, it arrived in the shop round the corner from us yesterday afternoon. So last night after work we carried this giant thing through Cuba Mall and into our house. I felt quite exposed doing this - big-screen tvs are one of those markers of middle-classness and because I’m from a very working-class background, I’m struggling a bit to reconcile my financial comfortableness and big-screen tv ownership with my internalised perception of what these things mean.

But anyway, yes. We now have a big-screen tv and it’s big.




It sat in the lounge like this for ages because we were all out last night - Dr Wheel had a meeting, the YoT had a night class, and I had hand-balancing. In which, by the way, I managed to press from headstand to handstand for the first time. With a spotter, because my balance is still not quite there, and I’m not sure how much help he was (he claims it was all me but I find it hard to tell). But yes, I did it. I was the only woman who did. Meanwhile all the men did, which made me realise that, like that article says, doing handbalancing while being a man is kind of like playing a videogame on casual. You just don’t have to work so hard at it.

Anyway, I did it. That’s two major milestones in one week, and I’m over here patting myself on the back, or I would be if I wasn’t so stiff I can’t actually reach my back today. *cough*

Then there was relaxing on beanbags with the fantastic slow cooker stew thing I made and fresh crusty bread, and marvelling at the giantness of the people in the little box:



Tony Soprano is bigger than my head.

This weekend it will go up on the wall, and then there might be some lounge rearrangement. Eventually we want to get new couches but the coffers need to recover from this round of splurging before we do that.

And I need to devise a drip-baffle for outside our bedroom where drips from the roof fall and hit the top of the heat pump that’s attached to the wall outside on the next floor down, going TAP!TAP!TAP! all fucking night when it’s raining. Because *GNNG*


Anyway, thank you folks who expressed interest in the magic/drugs thing. I will cogitate some more because at the moment I’m following three different threads with it and I haven’t reached the end of them yet. I’m also trying to work out how to do it without spoilers, so it may be a while.

Taking bets on which of my fellow cohabitors will be XBoxing on the giant telly when I get home from my tutorial tonight...

PS Sam Hankins randomly showed up in the handbalancing class last night. Apparently he's in Wellington now and may show up to Fidels one Friday to say hi to y'all.

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From:kehleyr
Date:August 15th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Hmm for some reason the pictures aren't showing up for me.

edit Now they do :-)!

Edited at 2012-08-15 11:29 pm (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 15th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
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It's because I typed it up in wordpad which sometimes does a weird funky italic thing and adds extra " marks to my html tags when I put it in the LJ posting box.

Fixed now.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:August 15th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
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Ugh, such a sexy tv!
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From:tatjna
Date:August 15th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
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Needs moar Fenris and less Tony Soprano.

But yes, it's.. giant. It is also apparently smart, although I'm not sure what that means in this context. We managed to get it to connect to my machine through the wi-fis and play music off my drive?

I guess if I could somehow hook a keyboard to it that means I could potentially play games on it too.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 16th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
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I'm thinking something along the lines of the external washing lines they use in Hong Kong:



Only with a non-metal (maybe shadecloth?) mesh on it, and angles slightly downwards so any collecting drips will run to the outside and miss the offending ledge as they fall.

The heat pump that I think is to blame is right below our bedroom window, so hanging it out of ours should do the job.
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From:bekitty
Date:August 16th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
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That TV is ENOOOORMOUSE! \o/

I think there's an Android app that turns your phone into a remote control for the TV, should you need it. Or so I gather from the ads for the TVs, anyway. There's probably an iPhone app too, but given that it's a Samsung TV, odds are that they wrote the Android app first. :D

Also, by the "electronics shop round the corner", do you mean Dick Smith? Cos i noticed they had the TVs on special, last time I looked at one of their catalogues. I think it was the one that was advertising '"Dick's Big Packages". o.0
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From:tatjna
Date:August 16th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
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Yep, Dick Smith. I am vaguely disturbed by the dick jokes they are using right now.
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From:coolwhipcarnage
Date:August 16th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
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How big is big, anyway?
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From:tatjna
Date:August 16th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
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It's all relative really, isn't it? Compared with the screens they have in pubs it's tiny but compared with our old one it's PHUGE!

It's actually 46".
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From:beatpig
Date:August 16th, 2012 06:50 am (UTC)
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i just did a little man-wee over your tv.
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From:meathiel
Date:August 16th, 2012 07:15 am (UTC)
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Shiny ... :D
Welcome to middle-class ... *lol*
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From:pombagira
Date:August 16th, 2012 07:31 am (UTC)
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oh yay Sam at Fidels that would be very cool.. *skips about*

also i have new boots and a haircut, just like a real girl!

*twirls about*
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From:spotsofcolour
Date:August 16th, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
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I remember when I got my giant TV last year. Man, TV on that is a beautiful thing.

Congrats on managing the handstand!
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From:helianthas
Date:August 16th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
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Pressing headstand to handstand is fucking awesome. I will hopefully meet you there in a few years!
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