Oh, you don't even want to get me started. The computer woes, they do pile up. I have not wanted to bore you, but I picked up my long-suffering laptop last Saturday night, which I had brought in with broken USB ports after having been (not) repaired twice before for the same problem. The elusive diagnosis, it is apparently very elusive. When I picked it up this time, the receipt said they had replaced the motherboard. Hm. Didn't know the motherboard needed replacing. I thought the USBs were broken. The guy behind the counter says, "Maybe there was a problem with the logic."
Truer words were never spoken.
I don't have it in me to write the whole sordid story here, and trust me, you don't have it in you to read it all, either. Suffice it to say, those extended warranties they sell you? Not worth the paper they're printed on. Although I was told that I should be THRILLED that mine covered the replacement of the mother(fucking)board. Great. In earlier days, I wouldn't have touched buying one of those extended warranties with a ten-foot pole, but since everything they make is CRAP now, and people have SO MANY PROBLEMS with stuff, I feel compelled to buy them. Why, I don't know, since, you know, I might as well just light my paycheck up in flames.
Anyway, while the woman behind the counter the fourth time I went in for the same repair was pretending to try to ameliorate the situation, I had time to kill. It's a big store, and since my camera has been held together with duct tape for a while now, and the photo quality has not ever been what I'd like, I decided to go looking for a camera. You know: while I was waiting.
So I'm livid with Best Buy, and I'll tell you what: I SHOWED THEM. I went into another part of the store, and I was so angry that I spent $500 there. I bought earbuds for both Abigail's and my "new" hand-me-down iPods and I bought a new camera with accessories. Yep, I showed THEM, all right. At least this camera, which seems like a huge improvement, is way less expensive than the disappointing Nikon Coolpix it is replacing. That's something. Or is it? I feel I would be ill advised to make such grand statements at a time like this.
I'm such a crappy shopper for things like cameras. I look around blogland and I get so envious of other people's beautiful photos. I want to take photos just.like.that! Why can't I take photos like that? It can't be me -- it must be the crappy camera! I should buy a new camera!
The salespeople ask all these questions, and I just go, "Um, yeah. Whatever. I'm a shitty photographer and I'm probably just going to point and shoot, and probably the photos are going to be NO different than the ones I already take, because it's the woman behind the camera, not the camera, and I have limited patience for photo-taking. I'd just like to give you my money because THAT'S WHAT I DO when I'm angry."
"Do you want the extended warranty?"
This is what I bought. My affection for it may already be considered by some to be unnatural.