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An Apple A Day

Yesterday I joined the ranks of the "cool people" apparently... I bought an Apple PowerBook G4. All the salespeople were all young and pretty in their black t-shirts emblazoned with the white apple (no rainbow apples, though I think it might have been appropriate for some people there...), jeans, spiffy shoes and very short and spiky hairdos. The guy helping us quietly confided that he, too, was a latecomer to the Mac World, only joining in about a year ago. Whew! I didn't feel quite so gauche after he admitted that. Of course, he probably says that to all the dorky PC people who come in looking for an expensive laptop.

The best part of the experience, I think, was when this big, burly teddy-bear of a guy with a very faint German accent started talking us out of buying extra RAM at the Apple store -- he said we could get it much cheaper somewhere else, and he's right. Glad I took that bit of advice. He was great -- warm and full of advice -- is this part of Mac World? If so, I like it. It's different than PC World, for sure, where everyone seems more interested in one-upping each other -- "You didn't know that?! Where've you been? That is so last Thursday!" Maybe that will come later.

When we checked out, we wrote a check from our money market account, an event which apparently doesn't happen very often in the Apple store. I believe no fewer than four people had to help get approval for the check, and honestly, I think the manager just finally overrode the approval process. The check guarantee company told him they couldn't guarantee the check because it was already guaranteed. Huh? Anyway, they took it, and I'm the happy owner of this light little laptop and some outrageous software. Wee!

Seriously, it was a good experience for me, a reminder of what it feels like to be new to a technology, to not instantly know my way around a system. That will be a good perspective to remember in coming months. While things are intuitive, for the most part, I'm learning just how many keyboard habits I have from the PC. Again, nice reminder.

Could this entry be anymore boring or techie? Sorry, guys. Sometimes my inner-Geek peers out.

The topper of the evening was when we got back to our car and drove away, only to notice a little business card tucked under the windshield wiper. Somewhat nervously, Jeff plucked it out. I thought, "Ack, someone bumped into us, and I didn't even notice the dent! Where is it?!" But alas, it was in response to our bumperstickers:

And it said, "Je t'adore tous les "bumperstickers"!

::grin::

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