"Don't you think we should get the tensioned electric screen?"
With that statement from my wife, victory was achieved. The war was won. Medals would soon be awarded. Despite stiff resistance and overwhelming odds, I had successfully fought off the evil "I think we should get a big screen TV" battle my wife was waging against me. We were enjoying a rare night out without the kids at a restaurant, and as I sat and contemplated the implications of her statement, I smiled to myself, took a victory sip from my merlot, and ordered up the fresh mozzarella appetizer.
Let's back up a few days. Courtesy of the Infocus/Vernontech 10 day evaluation program, the mighty X1 was temporarily replacing my reference Fisher-Price projector in the theater. The first time I got to see the X1 it was late at night, after everyone had gone to bed. As I stared at the 100" image on my wall, I could only shake my head and smile over how ridiculous it was that $899 could buy you such a large, quality image. Surely there was no way the wife could resist once she actually saw it.
The next night, I took my oldest son down to the basement theater and fired up some "Finding Nemo". I eagerly awaited that historical moment when my wife would walk down the stairs, round the corner, and stand there mouth agape, proclaiming that I was right about FP and that she would never doubt me again. Soon, there were footsteps on the stairs. The anticipation was killing me. The wife rounded the corner, stood there, and said......"Make sure he brushes his teeth before he goes to bed" as she pointed to my son. What? What?!!! How can anyone think about dental hygiene when there is an 87" wide clownfish being projected on a wall!
Disappointed over my apparent defeat, I just sat there and watched the movie in silence. Soon, I was feeling better. The fact was, it didn't matter if my wife was on board with FP. I had seen enough with the X1 that there was no way I was going to get a lousy RPTV that cost $2500, beamed like crazy every time you moved 3 feet off center, presented a 57" image, and would probably give me a hernia getting it down the basement stairs. Some things are worth getting divorced over. But then a funny thing happened. The wife's parents came over the next night and thought the X1 was the coolest thing since my marriage proposal to their daughter. Married friends of ours came over that same night and were equally impressed. My buddy's wife told him they should get one for their basement. The tide was turning. Later, as my two sons sat transfixed by the theater-like images of Nemo, I looked over at my wife, she looked back, and I knew that Best Buy would have to claim someone else victim. RPTVs were out.
So, as we sat at dinner briefly discussing screen options, I reflected on the events of the past few days. My advice to anyone in a similiar situation is to let a projector argue for you. Show your wife the impact and quality of a projected image and you might just tip the scales. That's what worked for me. But when it comes right down to it, my wife will never be excited or enthusiastic about HT. It's not an interest of hers just like clothes shopping is not an interest for me. Me expecting her to be excited the first time she laid eyes on the projector was as unrealistic as her expecting me to stop watching the football game to check out the new outfits she picked up on sale for the kids. Maybe the adage is correct - Men Are From Mars, and Women Are From......well, some place that doesn't have a lot of really cool HT setups.