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TVs have changed furniture design
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I once was a furniture maker.

Well, it really wasn’t furniture. It was two stacks of concrete blocks with a couple of boards between them. In my first apartment on my own, it was the place for my stereo and turntable.

Now, no one has a stereo. Music is on a device you can put in your pocket. Attached to it is a set of ear buds that extend from each ear.

My speakers were 18 inches and loud enough the neighbors could call the apartment management, if I happened to turn it up too loud.

I later added a console color TV to my collection. I bought it from a TV repair shop for the cost of the repairs. The last guy who owned it didn’t think it was worth it.

As it turned out, he was right. The repairs didn’t last long and I eventually acquired a portable TV, which I placed on top of the nonworking console.

However, when I first obtained the console model, I thought I had arrived at utopia. I can’t remember if I had yet bought a second-hand sofa or was still watching TV from a webbed lawn chair in the living room.

A console color TV and a stereo. I was living the American dream.

If any of you still have a console color TV and are giving some thought to selling it in a yard sale, I regret to inform you that you are dreaming.

Fast forward about 20 years and I was living in my first post-divorce home. The console color TV was long gone. I went out and bought a 32-inch portable.

Let me digress, there is no such thing as a 32-inch portable TV. It was a 32-inch non-console color TV.

At first I tried to put it on a table. It just didn’t work.

I went to a furniture store and purchased a beautiful all-wood home entertainment center. Now, 15 years later, it is as much a dinosaur as the console.

We now own a flat-screen TV. We actually own two. One is in the bedroom and the other is in the living room.

The living room TV is in the place where the 32-inch so-called portable used to live. It is actually too small for the old TV’s space. The one in the bedroom is too big for the space.

We went looking for a new home entertainment center designed for the flat screen TV. One was actually found in the classified ads of this newspaper. Yes, entertainment centers have changed, but classifieds still work. Take that, Craig’s List.

I am now making an earnest appeal to the TV makers of America (perhaps that should be to the TV makers of China or wherever they are made). Please stop changing TVs. If flat screens are the order of the day, let’s keep it that way. I have a very nice useless entertainment center I thought was a very nice piece of furniture.

I went online to see what people are doing with old outdated ones like mine. It turns out many of them build little cubby holes where the TV once rested. The cubbies can hold shoes or accessories.

If I knew anything about woodworking, other than building a home-brew stereo stand, I would advertise a very nice accessory holder elsewhere in this paper.

Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear on the Sunday Life page and on

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