an Apple a day

A couple weeks ago, I asked you guys for some input on what type of e-reader &/or tablet I should think about buying.  You all offered great advice & shared your likes/dislikes about your own devices.  One of you even suggested I visit Best Buy, where I could see, touch, & test drive one of everything.

So I took that advice.  It was…enlightening.  And let me tell you, the minute I walked through the door, every salesman in the place perked up & saw this…

For those of you who are unfamiliar with visual sarcasm, that would be an All-Day Sucker.  It didn’t help that the kid who ended up helping me had a picture of his cat on the back of his clipboard. Oh, yeah—I saw that even before I found the e-reader section, & from that moment on, I was putty in his hands.

The first thing I looked at was an iPad.  I was there for at least four hours, so I spent a lot of time playing & asking oodles of questions.  But I also checked out the Kindle Fire & Nook.  The thing that had me leaning strongly in the iPad’s direction was that I could have both the Kindle & Nook apps on it, plus a keyboard & writing/editing capabilities.  And I like the white one best. :patrick

They on-screen keyboard was a little small, though, so we started talking about external keyboards.  Cat Boy showed me an external keyboard that doubled as a case, which I liked, & also a wireless keyboard.  Of course, the wireless keyboard led us to a display of iMacs & Macbooks.  And I said, “Oooh, what are these? Can I play with them?”  And, yes, I will admit that it was the pretty-pretty colors of the pretty-pretty background picture on the monitor that drew me.  (See “All-Day Sucker” above. :slamdesk )

So then we started talking about how homicidal I’ve been lately over my Windows PC.  From almost the moment I got it, it’s been nothing but a pain in my butt.  I actually like Windows 7 & Word 2007, but the damn thing crashes on me all the time.  Not just the “blue screen of death,” either (which is always accompanied by a lovely, high-pitched screech just before everything turns blue), but also the “black screen of doom.”  Cat Boy told me that Macs don’t crash.  They’re bigger, better, more stable, & even ask you how dark you like your toast in the morning.  All the cool kids have them, y’know.  Not only that, but he showed me all the ways they’re similar to Windows PCs so I would know how “easy” it would be to switch over.  Uh-huh.

I was intrigued, but I was strong.  I hadn’t come in for a brand new computer, only an e-reader or tablet, so I certainly wasn’t going to make any impulse purchases.  I did decide that walking out with an iPad was a good idea, though.  I mean, that’s pretty much what I’d gone in for, & I’d already done some research online, so I knew their prices were in line with most other retailers.

So I told Cat Boy which one I wanted, & he jogged off to the storeroom to get one for me.  A couple of minutes later, he returned empty-handed.  They were out of the iPad I wanted. And I didn’t want to settle for a lesser version—or a different color—once I’d made up my mind.

Disappointment on an epic scale.  I totally had my heart set on going home with a brand new shiny toy. :patrick2  But now what was I going to do?

There’s more to the story.  Oh, so much more.  But what do you think happened next?

I’m going to give you a few days to guess, then I’ll fill you in on the rest. :bubble


15 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Quilt Lady says:

    You bought the Mac didn’t you? :scratchhead

  2. Karla says:

    :nowait don’t go to the MAC darkside Heidi…

  3. Mary Kirkland says:

    You either bought a MAC or you went to another store and bought what you wanted there…lol

  4. Pamela Cayne says:

    Please tell me you got an MacBook Air (which I, with both of my MacBooks, have such strong penguin lust for…) I use Word on mine and Cat Boy is right–I’ve never had a crash, never had a virus. I’ve been a Mac Girl since November, 2006 and I will Never. Go. Back. :evilmonkey

  5. Laura J says:

    Okay how about this scenario…..

    You are about to cry when all of a sudden a ceiling tile crashes to the floor and a rope drops. You are frozen, unable to move because you are scared witless. Then you see legs, at least you think they are legs (there seem to be boots, combat, and dark pants, so you of course assume they are filled with legs). Then you notice a beautiful rounded object at the top of the legs and you realize that is one mighty fine butt!!! Yep, those were legs. Then you notice the rest of the body attached above the legs and DAY-YUM!!!! It’s a man and he is dropping to the ceiling at YOUR feet. He drops to a crouch position and raises he arms with an offering…NO! It’s a white iPad!!!!!! While you are still frozen in place, now not by fear, but OMG -it’s a white iPad, he slowly raises his head and it’s not just any man, but HIM!?!?! Yes, coming to your rescue is none other than your Darling Dwayne. But there is a problem. Now that he has dropped through the ceiling he has no way to get back. Well of course you tell him that it’s not a problem. He can just come home with you. He’s a little hesitant, apparently he’s heard of Mistress Heidi and the dungeon, but you promise him that you will protect him. Then, mith that adorable little mischievous smile of his, he swoops you into his arm and you leave the store to head off into the sunset (of course your house is towards the west of the Best Buy store) where you spent hours and hours playing and downloading new apps from the app store. :bed The end! :cool

    Btw: Dwayne’s Journey 2 comes out on DVD next week. :thumbsup

    • Heidi says:

      :lolol You crack me up, Laura! Oh, if only.

      Haven’t seen Journey 2 yet…am on the fence about simply buying it. But I did finally watch Fast Five. I felt like leaning over & whispering to Darling Dwayne, “You’re kind of a dick in this movie, you know.” Then he got better, then he got not great again. LOL He was, however, entirely hot the whole way thru. :hotstuff

      • Laura J. says:

        You will use any excuse to whisper in DD’s ear now won’t ya!! :lolol

        By the way..I was just showing you the wonderful capabilities of what you can do on your iPad. I mean, if I can write a story like that imagine what you can do!!!!!! :chickendance j/k
        :eeee :thumbsup

  6. Kathleen O says:

    Iam going to asume you bought the MAC… Enjoy what ever product you bought… :thumbsup

  7. Ruth Chestnut says:

    Laura, love your story. What Heidi really did was go home get on line and ordered it with next day delivery from Best Buy. :chickendance :chickendance :thumbsup

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