We bought our 43Ē TV in January of 2005. So, itís 2.5 years old Ė practically ancient in technological terms. (Sensing this techno-mortality at the time, we had the foresight to buy the extended warranty.) But to its credit, I havenít had a single complaint about that TV since I first plugged it in. Well, that all changed on Friday night. For a couple of days last week, Iíd been noticing intermittent flashes on the screen. It was easy to explain away as distant lightning or a bad signal. But on Friday night, after the TV had been on for one hour I started to see flashing in the picture. After an hour and a half, it was all flashing - just like a strobe light. I couldnít even watch it. I shut it off. That was a crushing moment Ė knowing that for the entire weekend (my foreseeable future!), Iíd be big screen-less. The TV remained off for most of the weekend. (Arranging an in-home service appointment is difficult with our schedules but hopefully it will happen tomorrow.) Anyway, since it usually works okay for the first hour or so, last night I waited until just before the Stanley Cup game before turning it on. By the time Don Cherry was doing his thing, I felt that strobe seizures were imminent so I turned it off again and let it rest up for the third period. (It figures that the 2nd period was the exciting one.) So, this has not been a happy experience. Hopefully Iíll just have to endure one more horrible night of BSW: Big Screen Withdrawal. It had better get fixed by tomorrow night, boy oh boy. I want to experience the thrill of seeing the Ottawa Senators get soundly trounced in California. You know, you just canít get that kind of joyful experience from the radio.