I went computer shopping yesterday. This went worse than when I go regular shopping, a process that generally ends with me lying face-down on the mall floor, groaning. So you can imagine how a visit to no less than three techie stores went.
The first one was a complete write off because I burst into tears when I found a model of computer I liked.
Underpaid and Underage Best Buy Employee– “How can I help you Ma’am?”
The Great Unwashed holding a grey netbook gingerly in her hands whispers “It’s not”. Her lip begins to quiver so that the last word is only faintly audible, “blue” and promptly starts to cry.
Underpaid and Underage Best Buy Employee who is now also uncomfortable “Can I get a manager here?”
Next I headed to an independent electronics store.
Hopeful Techie Guy “What are you looking for today?”
The Great Unwashed quietly lays her head down on a shelf in between two computers and says nothing because it’s technology so she has no idea what she’s looking for.
Driving away from the store I realized that continuing to burst into grief stricken tears for my old netbook and spontaneously going limp and mute was never going to end with a new computer. So I put on my game face. And walked into Future Shop with a swagger that said to the world “I know the difference between a monitor and a hard drive 50% of the time.” Clearly this show of confidence was far too convincing because it resulted in the following conversation.
Future Shop Employee “This is an internet only computer.”
The Great Unwashed “So it gets internet. That’s a good thing, I think.”
Future Shop Employee “No, it’s only online.”
The Great Unwashed “The internet is always online.”
Future Shop Employee “Internet only means it only accesses the internet.”
The Great Unwashed “Does that mean you don’t need a phone line to get the internet with this computer?”
Future Shop Employee “No, this computer only has the internet.”
The Great Unwashed “Everyone has the internet.”
Future Shop Employee “I don’t think you understand.”
The Great Unwashed “That’s only because you aren’t making sense.”
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone but my shopping trip was unsuccessful, and I have yet to acquire a new computer.
Buying online is much less humiliating. I end up with total crap, but my pride remains intact.
I had to outsource and get help, but I did end up purchasing online.
Good. Pride is vital.
I don’t know about you, but the sentence “It works off The Cloud” freaks me out.
I keep hearing about this “Cloud” and discussions of putting things into clouds. I’m still trying to wrap my head around an internet only computer.
I think that’s the same thing…
(Suddenly I feel so young!)
The tech person in my staff room heard me laughing, read the post and also laughed. Then he said “She takes afteryou!”
Fortunately for me other relatives chose to pass on useful traits for example my rack came from Grandma Kay.