Last night, while noticing that my computer screen has started to take on a pinkish tinge, and that I was irritated by it but resigned to living with it, Neil uttered these dangerous words: “New laptops are not as expensive as you think.”
What?? Is this true? And why have you not mentioned this before??
Eight years ago was the last time I shopped for a computer. I spent $1600 on it, and it served me reasonably well until it didn’t. At that point last February, Neil helped me cobble together a busted hand-me-down laptop and some spare parts on eBay so that I wouldn’t be left computerless and twitching. It hasn’t been the ideal setup – the screen is being held on with electrical tape, for one thing – but I’ve lived with it because I’ve been under the delusion that I’d have to drop another grand and a half to replace it.
I can be a little slow to have certain concepts sink in. Case in point: a few weeks ago, I went shopping for ink for my old printer/scanner/copier, and instead came home with a brand new printer/scanner/copier, because it was cheaper than new ink for my old machine. That probably should have been a clue right there.
So anyway, after Neil uttered those words last night, I wasted no time hopping online, and for about 1/4 of what I paid for my laptop eight years ago, I’ve got a brand spankin’ new one on the way. Woo hoo! (In retrospect, I would suppose this is exactly why Neil had not mentioned the price of laptops to me before…)
Now all I have to do is wait two weeks for it to arrive, and figure out how to replenish my PayPal account. (Psst! Wanna preorder a DVD?!)