A few months ago, I finally took the plunge and bought a big screen, HDTV. It seemed like my family was the last on Earth still watching TV in muddy, standard definition. No more! I brought crisp, clear television viewing to my family. And there was much rejoicing!
Here's the thing, though: I was the only one rejoicing.
The lovely Mrs. Koplien was summarily unimpressed with the spectacular-ness of the picture quality that I had bestowed upon her. Even after a few months of having 46" of LCD technology in our family room, my bride of 19+ years continues make a declaration that I find incomprehensible:
"I can't really tell the difference."
Each time she drops that little nugget on me, I am rendered speechless. I am without speech.
As most of you with Time Warner Cable know, when you subscribe to the HD channels, the standard def version of each channel is still available. In the months since we started receiving the HD channels, there have been countless times that I've found my wife watching the standard def version of an HD channel. "Holy crap hun...why are you watching TBS on channel 3 when it's in HD on channel 1202?" I say.
"I can't really tell the difference," she says.
This is a woman who can't go to sleep in our dark bedroom when one (one!) of the slats in our window mini-blinds is just slightly askew. But she can't tell the difference between HD and SD.
Until recently, I chalked this up to having married someone whose rods and cones were out of whack. But a recent Craig-Koplien-investigation has uncovered that my wife is not alone. My sources indicate that at least one of our female friends also claims to not really notice much glorious-ness in glorious HD.
So, with a survey sample size of two women, I am compelled to wonder the following:
Are women unable to see in HD?
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