I’m now the proud owner of a brand new baby laptop — baby only in the sense that its life has just begun. Given my track record, that life could be relatively short. Yes, after keeping my previous laptop for five weeks and two days (but who’s counting?), the Best Buy Service Center returned it to my house today, complete with a new hard drive and a new motherboard. The wrong motherboard. A motherboard without a wireless card. In a laptop that came with built-in wireless.
So I dragged my flu-ridden carcass out to the local store where, as usual, the employees were polite, helpful, and absolutely horrified that the service center had screwed up — the phrase “once again” seemed to hang in the air. I didn’t even have to ask twice to get a new computer. The most fun part of the day came in trying to spend what I paid for the previous model, given the sharp decline in laptop prices over the last eighteen months. I ended up with a souped-up Sony Viao that has two gigabytes of RAM and a built-in webcam. Don’t be expecting any porn, but I might figure out how to do a webcast. After I get over the flu, lose weight, and recover from the plastic surgery.
Despite my desire for vengeance on the Geek Squad, I did encourage every person who came near me today to bathe in Lysol in order to avoid contamination. And it was only the combination of righteous indignation and Tamiflu that allowed me to achieve my objective. Thanks, Dr. Renee!