You know what? I like the Internet. I like it a lot.
But, I’ve been pretty limited by my technology to experience the ‘net. And my technological situation was severely (!) limited by my financial situation. So, now recently employed, things are … well … different.
Since I’ve been employed (I just completed my fifth week), I’ve been able to do things I couldn’t do before. And one of those things is to begin addressing my technological situation.
It started almost immediately. I found out I could get phones for pretty much free (actually, the carrier owes ME a little money at this point) including discounts, credits, and promos. And I found out the company I work for gets a 20% discount on services. So my wife and I each got AWESOME new phones and an upgraded service plan which allows us to both add people we care about into our list of frequently called numbers (so we don’t get dinged on minutes when a call goes to or comes from them) and get MORE minutes so we still don’t need a land line and we don’t have to fuss and worry about using our phones. We simply won’t run out of time.
Next up is the computer situation. Much more money. I didn’t think it would be possible for a while. But you know what? It was.
We had ONE, just ONE, working computer in the house. It’s ancient, by computer terms. Six years and getting near seven. It was a mistake and insufficient at the time. Now? Well, it’s rather like a reliable old car. It’s not perfect, and it’s not luxurious, and it’s not pretty. But it’s working and it gets online when the old little PCMCIA card can find the signal.
But I bought a computer. It was inexpensive; about half what I paid for that old boat anchor in the other room, which is chugging away faithfully. But it’s the best computer I’ve ever owned and it’s …. well, it’s amazing.
I can’t say how long the gravy train will last, because I’m a little nervous about what I’m supposed to be doing. But I have a computer that can handle the tools I need to use to get myself up to speed, and I can even watch videos online. I can.
I’m still sharing with my precious and ever patient wife. In the daytime hours, she’ll be using it. But at night, it’s mostly going to be mine for a month. By then, she’ll have one of her own. I believe she’ll like it.
I know I am.
Next up? Hm. Let’s see where this goes before I decide that.
How’s things by you?