Merry Christmas To Me!

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!

10 Responses to “Merry Christmas To Me!”

  1. lane says:

    Uhm just curious …. Does Dr. Renee know about the Compassionate Care Act? Do you? Not so much that you need that prescription, but … just asking …

    lane

  2. Kathy says:

    lane, do you have a link? I’m guessing you’re talking about medical marijuana, but I know what happens when I assume.

  3. Renee says:

    Kathy, I’m sure your righteous indignation is weightier than Tamiflu! But I’ll take partial credit for your ability to obtain to new laptop.

  4. Del says:

    Wow. What a happy ending. This is as good as when my friend got the brand-new Honda Odyssey van to replace the nine-month-old one that their expert was unable to fix (engine light wouldn’t go off).

    AND you backed up the novel, RIGHT?

  5. Kathy says:

    Yes! For once, I was prepared for the crash. I had backed up everything two days before it happened. I’ve spent lots of time restoring; now I have to get motivated to do actual new work.

    Eldest daughter is coming over tonight so that I can help her with the purchase of a new computer. She says she likes it that I inspire fear in the hearts of Best Buy employees. And I’m sure she meant that as a compliment. ;)

  6. I’ve been in love with my own “baby” since the sales tax holiday. A wireless router and a laptop really do free up your life quite a bit!

  7. Loretta Nall says:

    >>I ended up with a souped-up Sony Viao that has two gigabytes of RAM and a built-in webcam

  8. Mad Patriot says:

    The only way it could have ended better is if you could have gotten cash back, and then trudged to CompUSA where you could buy a real laptop. :)

  9. Kathy says:

    MP, I’ve heard such good things about Macs, and that one looks really cool. I did consider asking for my money at Best Buy, but I’m sure that wasn’t part of the plan, and I wasn’t up for a real fight at the time. Best Buy did transfer over the remainder of my service plan, rather than making me buy a new one, so I may be shopping for real in about 18 months when it runs out.

  10. agenzia di torino…

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