I was sitting and considering what I might want to write about when my wife walked in:
"We're not busy tomorrow, right?"
"You like shopping for electronics, right?"
<suspicious look? "Yeah?"
"I think the TV is dying"
Apparently the TV made a pop-ping noise and went black, then came back with a very washed out picture. When we turned it off, the 'lamp' light blinked for a quite a while, and attempting to turn it back on just didn't work at all. So it looks like we'll be making a trip to Best Buy and/or Target tomorrow to see what our options are. I can't be too mad, the television is close to 20 years old at this point. I'm a little sad though, since we can't really justify spending what it would take to buy a new one at the same size. It was originally my parents' upstairs television but they gave it to me when I bought a house since they didn't really use it anymore.
On the bright side, there ought to be some good Labor Day sales going on, so maybe we can find a decent deal there. We've talked about a second TV for the bedroom, so we might buy a smaller one for now, then move it to the bedroom and get a larger unit come year-end. Also, this means we can finally get a TV with modern inputs, like HDMI. Maybe we can look into Chromecast now too.