Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Dream

I’ve had something on my mind for a while that I think I should share with you.
It’s really kind of sad.
I know many of you will hear this news and feel the need to give me a hug or say a prayer for me. I’ll accept any pity you feel led to offer.

Here’s the problem…..

There is nothing in my house with the letters HD on it.

No computer monitor, no small television, no big television, nothing.
It’s shocking and saddening, I know.

While many of you are able to count the hairs on James Spann’s head, or see every cut on the Joker’s face in The Dark Knight, I am stuck with a normal old picture.
While watching football games you can see the blades of grass, I can only see a green flat area.

I’ve been researching for a while the type of TV I would like to get.
I haven’t yet decided on an exact model. But I do know that it will be 46” or larger, have multiple inputs, and be 1080p. At least that’s the dream.

There are two major reasons my dream has not been fulfilled yet.
1.) The expense of this project involves more than just the $1000 TV. It also would mean having to get a new entertainment center, paying more to upgrade my satellite to HD. Plus, of course getting the Sony Playstation 3 so that I might watch Blue Ray DVD’s and play games. All together very costly.
2.) Economic forecast – Everyone knows the economy is in the toilet. While I currently feel pretty secure in both my jobs, nothing is too secure right now. And I feel the responsible thing to do is to spend all my hard earned money on paying off debt and going into savings.
So considering these issues I’ve decided that for now it might just remain a dream…….

And so, with a little help from Dr. Martin Luther "The" King, I share with you my dream….

I do not yet have HD. But many people do. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities and you’ll find many homes with HD. But I do not have it yet. But let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, that even though we face the economic difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal and are entitled to HD."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood and watch HD Television.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice where everyone can afford and enjoy HD.

I have a dream that my two little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the resolution of their screen but by the size of their Blue-Ray collection.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its lack of technology, with its outlying and rural cities not even having access to high speed internet; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers and watch movies like Wall-E and Kung Fu Panda in HD.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see HD together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I live in the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to watch together, see in 1080p together, enjoy theater quality set-ups in our living rooms together.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of HD, of thee I sing. Land where my screen is big, my computer has 900gig, We can clearly see Mike Royer’s Wig, let us have HD."

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.
So let us have HD from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let us have HD from the mighty mountains of New York.
let us have HD from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let us watch The Dark Knight on Blue Ray in the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let us enjoy Playstation 3 on the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let us see every flower on a discovery channel documentary from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let us see every little star in “Star Wars” from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let us have HD from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let us have HD.

And when this happens, once we all can afford HD, when we have it from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the new song of praise...

"HD at last! HD at last! thank God Almighty, we have HD at last!"

So, If you would like to contribute to my dream of having HD in my home. I encourage you to place your donation in the birthday card you’ll be sending me on the 19th. (Only 16 days away.)
Thank You.


  1. Shawn,

    Just give in and live the credit card dream! Now that I have most of the things you mentioned I dream of the day when I don't have to anymore credit debt. On the flip side there are some good deals(intrest free) at Best Buy for these things. Plus pretty soon HD TV will be the only thing left on the market. Good luck in your quest for HD...Chris

  2. I have a dream.

    To get back the 4 minutes I spent reading this.

  3. I'm extremely sad for you for a few reasons, but none of them are because you lack HD. 1) You are actually that upset about seeing a tv a little unclearly. 2) Because you compared your "suffering" to that of racism. Maybe your lack of HD is God's way of showing you that you can live without it and He and what He provides is sufficient. :-)

  4. In the words of the Bard himself, "HD or not HD, there is no question."

    I feel for you, though the women-folk seem to lack my sympathy.

  5. Ladies,

    You just don't understand us guys. We need these things like you need new clothes and shoes. It's in our DNA! We have to have the biggest Tv's and the latest electronic gadgets. Take it easy on Shawn, he works hard and deserves some HD in his life :-) Besides after the 17th he will need one for the digital switch! At least thats what I told Heidi ;-) (Shhhhhhhh!)

  6. Hey I messed up this is Chris not Cj...he must have been logged in when I potes this sorry

  7. I agree with Chris. I dare either Kristi or Jamie to come watch Wall-e at my house on Blue Ray, then try to go back and watch it on DVD... you can't. If you can, you have poor taste in video quality... :)