|"Please let the computer hang on for a few
Business was slow during January and the start of February. I complained around the house that you can never tell how things will go... last year January was one of my busiest months. This year it's been one of the slowest. Gradually I watched the balance creep up and thought: At this rate... May. Will my computer last until May?
All along I was clinging to one word: Apple. After an unfortunate incident when I was attending the University of Cape Town, involving a ton of research, a hundred page research paper and my Dell eating it (one day the computer was full, the it was completely blank like a brand new computer), I had become a loyal Apple customer. You see, my friends Apple crashed at the same time. We both contacted the manufacturer. Apple told my friend, bring it in, and proceeded to rush the order through so the computer was fixed in a matter of days. Dell's response was basically: "Not our problem." Thus I fell in love with Apples customer service (a few months and $500 later the paper was recovered).
|It takes way too many of these
to equal an Apple...
Still, something had to be done. I won't be making money if I can't get online to sell my products.
I know, I told myself, I'll get one of those cool little flippy computers that doubles as a tablet. I checked out prices. I checked our budget.
An $800 computer.
Maybe by May. Maybe if the craft fair accepts me (they haven't refunded my booth fee, which as to mean something!) and I do exceptionally well... Maybe then I can take the money and dash across the street to Best Buy before something else comes up.
Maybe I can stick my fingers in my ears too and hum really loud to drowned out the sound of all the others things that money could go to instead.
I imagine my computer giving a death rattly cough over in the corner. We aren't going to make it to May. Feeling a bit guilty I finally admitted to myself that an Apple was out... there was no way to justify the expense.
Then an ad appeared on TV. The new Google Chrome. $249. I jumped up and grabbed my computer and managed to get to the Amazon page. The reviews were sure to be horrible. $249. What else could I expect? The reviews for the $800 computers were all solidly mixed.
But the Chrome results weren't. They were largely positive. And the negatives were often things that wouldn't bother me (like that the screen resolution isn't worthy of a HDTV). They especially didn't bother me at that price. I clicked over and stared at the Bank Account Balance... and saw that the state refund had just come through. I did a little dance, called Paul, and ordered the computer that night.
Now I'm waiting, like a kid at Christmas, for it's arrival. I expect that barring any disasters, my little Apple should putter along until it arrives.