Uncertainty has truly become the new normal. When the COVID crisis took hold in the US, the first order of business was to stop the spread. Various mitigation efforts ensued, and terms such as ‘social distancing’ became household words. The shutdown of non-essential businesses and public venues followed, and altered policies for those that remained running in some capacity were implemented.
Thursday, March 19th marks the official start of spring in 2020. Typically this correlates with the vernal equinox, which is the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator. While this may be what meteorologists and calendars tell you, whether or not it will actually feel like spring in Minnesota on this date is yet to be seen. But one thing is certain – winter is on its way out.
Of all the new audio video entertainment technologies that have become commonplace in the recent years, none have progressed as far and as quickly as video displays. With the advent of High Definition displays in 1998, the format has evolved and grown more capable ever since. We look back on TVs that could extrapolate twice the resolution of a standard DVD as nearly ancient history. Transitioning from 640x480 lines of resolution to 1280x720 and 1080x1920 seemed amazing in its day, but now screens with 4096 x 2160 (4K) and 7680 × 4320 (8K) resolutions are becoming the standard. Content is never far behind, and in some cases is actually the driving force behind the emergence of these standards.
Spring and summer bring with it a desire to roll down the windows in your car, turn on the stereo and hit the road. It’s when many people decide it’s time to upgrade their automotive entertainment. But why wait till the warm weather to begin? Winter is as good a time as any to get some work done on your car audio, so that when that Spring fever hits, you will be ready to roll!
The gift-giving traditions of the Christmas season can be trying at times. If you have many people to shop for, each with multiple ideas of their holiday wish lists, it can quickly become a full blown shopping adventure. Are you up to the challenge of braving black Friday crowds at the mall or other retail venues? Do you want to endure the long lines, parking hassles, or coming up empty because the item you wanted just sold out? Even with online retail being a part of how we shop these days, it still comes with its own set of issues. Will the gift you ordered arrive in time? Will it make it through the delivery process without damage?
Personal Electronics is a category that has always been very popular at Metro Pawn & Gun. We remember the days of the CD Walkman in the late 90s, and the iPod which took the portable electronics world by storm 17 years ago.
When you think of a pawn shop, you may not immediately think of musical instruments, but we’re here to change that! Among the vast array of items we pawn, buy and sell, musical instruments are a frequent favorite.
We all know that pawn shops, ours included, deal in many common commodities. There are firearms, coins, jewelry, tools, home electronics, car audio and many other products you would expect to find at a pawn shop. But one of the most interesting things is that our inventory is always in motion, and by the very nature of a business like this, we sometimes come across unique items that do not fit into our general product categorization.
It may be a bit early to realistically think Spring is just around the corner, considering we are still buried in multiple feet of snow, but it will eventually arrive! And with that will come all the pursuits of warmer weather, of which car audio is definitely a part. We can almost imagine driving with the windows down, sporting a pair of sunglasses and cranking up the tunes. Almost…
The staff of Metro Pawn & Gun want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas – may this holiday season bring joy and happiness to all!
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