My old TV was purchased in 1995, which I discovered when I threw out the receipt I'd kept, and was only 21", but weighed about twice the amount the new flat screen does. Jesus, these things are amazing pieces of machinery.
I also went to the Time Warner center on 23rd Street in Manhattan and traded in my regular old cable box for an HD cable box -- and then spent over an hour trying to set it up because I'm a moron. But now it's working perfectly and the HD channels are fucking amazing! This upgrade is a dream come true for the TV Nerd! I can only imagine how gone-but-not-forgotten shows like Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles would have played in widescreen HD on this thing, and I can't wait for this Sunday's True Blood on the HBO HD channel so I can inspect every pore on Sam's face!
My love affair with television has been reignited!