I went to Big Box Store of Noisy Equipment today to scope out the possibilities, however, and am pleased to see that many of the possibilities are priced in the $700-800 range (rather than the $1200 I was fearing). I am sad, though, because the shiniest, prettiest laptops are all Vaios, and as my last (somewhat ill-built) machine was a Vaio, I have sworn them off. I've toyed with the idea of a mac, yes--despite my reservations about the gloating in which my mac-owning friends and family members would surely engage (seriously, okay? Owning a mac does not make you a revolutionary. I mean, they're nice computers, and I am decidedly tempted by them. But their image is the product of deliberate marketing strategies, and PC-owners are not actually all simple tools of the establishment.) (Sorry--I seem to have lapsed into an argument with my mother for a minute there. Excuse me. Other, sensible mac-owners: You are not the target of my italicized fuming)--but they're so dreadfully expensive. Seriously! The cheapest I've found is $1100, and that's not even with a better warranty than the $800-models (and less RAM, HD space, etc).
So, um...this is a pretty boring post. But I just spent hours on C-Net, which I hate doing, because it gives me a terrible headache and I don't know what all the words mean, but there you have it. I hate not having a computer, too. Perhaps I'll just return to Big Box Zaniness tomorrow and shell out the Big Bucks. Then at least I can catch up on my blog reading, and I won't have to sit in my very boring, all too quiet office to get any work done.
Oh! And other crazy things happened this week. Like a tree fell on my house on Tuesday morning, really early. And the power was then out for 30 hours or so. And then when they fixed the power, a fuse had blown, and I had to get the guy from the gas company (who was there fixing a gas leak) to help me figure that one out. Then the internet was out--which didn't matter, because the computer was broken--and I had to spend half an hour on the phone with Internet Provider of Aggravation last night, but then the internet-fixing-guy showed up early as hell this morning and fixed the internet, which is still useless to me, but at least is fixed. So there have been a great many Guys showing up at my house with Vans and Fixing Things all week. But everything is repaired, and somebody mysteriously removed the tree from my roof/yard while I was in a neighboring town on Tuesday, and everything is very nearly well.
I also have the first ripe tomatoes from my garden. I photographed them, but can't upload the images yet for obvious reasons.... Never fear, I will subject all readers to exciting gardening photographs soon enough!