November 15, 2010
| by Grant Clauser
I didn’t intentionally sit down to watch “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on TLC Sunday night. But it was on in the room as I was passing through, and since “The Walking Dead” hadn’t started yet, well, I watched a few minutes.
Those few minutes happened to be enough to catch the scene in which Palin is put into the role of bedroom border security agent for her daughter Willow (Willow’s boyfriend manages to scale the fence, but gets caught). What grabbed my attention though (aside from the irony—see “Bristol”) was the brief shot of the Palins’ living room TV. There it was, hanging nicely on a white wall with a black cable hanging down from the middle. Also, the TV looks to be mounted uncomfortably high.
So, let me get this straight—one of the most influential people in politics right now can’t get a decent flat-panel TV installation? So how could this have been done better?
Wasilla may not be a metropolis, but it does have a home theater installer. Image Audio on Seward Meridian does home theater installation, and from the looks of the company website, they’re capable of a cleaner install than Palin received.
And there’s always Geek Squad. The nearest Best Buy is in Northern Anchorage. Best Buy may not provide the level of service a person of Palin’s stature can afford, but in a pinch the Geek Squad is capable of running a maverick cable through a wall.
But if you’re going to go to Anchorage anyway, why not go with a custom electronics (CE) pro? A quick search on Electronic House’s Installer Directory turned up Pyramid Audio/Video, also on Seward Highway (apparently it’s quite a long road). They do home theater, multiroom audio and control.
Or there’s Shimek’s, an HTSA (Home Technology Specialists of America) dealer on Benson Blvd. in Anchorage, who could have given the Palins a lovely installation and then touched it off with an ISF calibration.
What about first dude Todd? He built a 14-foot fence to keep out a pesky journalist. Can’t he run a power line through a wall?
If you have any installation suggestions worthy of a momma grizzly, please share them here.
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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