Hello everyone! After spending many hours behind the keyboard in November for Nanowrimo I have stepped back for a bit so that I can get things set up for the winter weather that has come upon us. I hope that everyone has had a great start to the beginning of their holiday season. Let’s all try to ignore the continued push to make the season solely about capitalism and materialism. Those of you that know me, know that I’m not a shopper. I cringe anytime I have to go buy anything other than groceries, and would never go anywhere on Black Friday. Or as I like to call it, “that day were people go to Walmart and fight over crap they don’t need and often can’t afford”.
However, this year, I found myself in a conundrum. I needed a new laptop but have stubbornly worked with the floundering old machine that I had used for years. Its screen was cracked earlier this spring when our cats, brothers Tom Petty and Christopher Walken, decided to try and wrestle on it. To add to the necessity for a shopping trip, the screen on Laurie’s six-month-old laptop was destroyed one night as she sat on the couch. Victimized by our 1 ½ year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Rainy, as she spun around in circles with her leash in her mouth. When the metal end met the screen, it equaled a machine that is permanently connected to the TV now and is only used to watch Netflix and the like.
I knew that if I wanted to be absolutely happy with my purchase I should drive into town, and buy the machines. But because I not relish the drive or the whole shopping process I procrastinated. While working on Cyber Monday a Dell add caught my eye and I decided to bite the bullet. From the Dell website, I ordered a new laptop for Laurie and a much needed one for myself. I even paid the extra money to expedite shipping. Four days later Laurie’s new laptop showed up as promised. Mine? It’s been sixteen days and it has still not shipped. And of course, I only have myself to blame. Laptops on a self at the local store means I will have a computer that day. Cyber Monday on the other hand is a chance for companies to take orders even if they do not have the merchandize on hand. They over sold the laptop that I ordered but still took my money and now I have to wait for their inventory to show up from the manufacture. Ok, they got me. Lesson learned. What’s the old saying, “A bird in the hand is better than two in a bush?”