So I got to go shopping at Best Buy last night. Best Buy is an amazing American contradiction. It's the convenience of a million toys under one room and the inconvenience of understaffed undereducated incompetent salesdrones and an archaic computer system that takes until the heat death of the universe to ring up a frickin' sale. Every time I go to Best Buy I am reduced to uttering a thirty second sequence of swearwords out of sheer frustration at being unable to find a single salesdrone to sell me something.
I found the TV I wanted within two minutes. I decided I'd buy it. Then the search for someone to sell it to me began. I found one guy who said he was working with someone but would "come over soon". Five minutes later, I went looking for him. When I returned, unsuccessful in my quest, there was (cue Heavenly Chorus music) a young blonde woman in a Best Buy shirt standing around by my TV. Yes!
She took the card, confirmed that I did want to buy the opened model, and then set off into the bowels of the back room. Where she stayed for fifteen minutes. It was during those fifteen minutes that I exposed my poor 8 month old daughter to a terrible series of swearwords. I didn't moderate my volume. If someone complained and brought the store manager, I might actually get some fucking service!
I finally set off to find her, and instead found another prepubescent servicedrone from a department on the other side of the store, and when we returned to the television there was the blonde woman wondering where I'd been. Screams were muted and curses silenced as I fought for control.
Once she was actually there (she said she'd been "caught up by something else" in the back room) she was very helpful. I ended up with not only a TV but a receiver (and I got a bargain!) and a free set of speakers. I then spent until 1:30 in the morning hooking the bloody things up.
The problem is that I don't have enough speakers to get any of the effects. I don't have a subwoofer or center speaker, only two sets of left and right speakers. I could put them front and back, but none of Fancy Sound options use just front and back, they all want a single center speaker as well. I gave up and hooked both sets of speakers up as "front", set it to the "I'm a dickhead with a fancy receiver but only two speakers" setting and put one set of speakers behind us. It's not real surround sound, but it's still better than what we had before. (which was a TV