My girlfriend and I have recently moved into a new apartment. And by new I mean it is a new place for me to live – the apartment itself is very old. There are cracks in the walls, rusty bathroom fittings, volatile stoves and loose cupboards. Basically its age gave way to its price which fit neatly in my budget. This budget is the reason why our TV is still the 15 year old 15 inch hand me down from my friend when he bought his new HDTV. Complete with stereo sound and one AV channel for the turn of the century DVD player, this cubic badboy was set to be my home entertainment system for many years to come. However, we invited some friends around who are also renting couples on tight budgets. We asked them to bring a few movies to choose from and when they came we learned that they had the standard CD pouch of illegal downloads and, more significantly, a projector. After some fiddling around with seating arrangements and plugging some yellow cords into the projector and red and white ones into the TV (gotta use that awesome stereo sound) we suddenly had the makings of a home cinema. A few borrowed pirated DVDs and a look on ebay at some $250 projectors later and I started imagining leaving the old C Ray tuber on the curb and organising movie marathons at Eden’s Cine Plaza.
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