In my day, dorm essentials included a typewriter, towels, and bedding. We didn’t have refrigerators or coffeemakers or microwaves. (I went to university in the Stone Age, I guess!) So imagine my surprise today when I received a sales flyer advertising their “dorm essentials” — including a 37″ HDTV! I wonder how much of this is marketing and how much indicates a new reality, in which 37″ HDTVs are considered a necessity. I am sure it is mostly hype, but how long it will be before it isn’t? I am getting old.