So – I finally accomplished one of my weekly goals, but it hasn’t been easy. My beloved desk lamp croaked a few weeks ago, and I was left with sub-par lighting conditions in my work area. Something needed to be done.
Quietly I planned to venture forth to Ikea. But I loathe that place. “You’ll be fine, you’re just there for a lamp…” I caught myself thinking at one point…
I started shopping around a bit online, but was deterred by shipping costs. Eventually, I settled on Staples, where I found the lamp of my dreams. It had a built-in ocular enhancement array, and a circular all-spectrum bulb to cut down on shadow. It even had a massive arm, so I could position it wherever I wanted it to be on the table.
Aside: The whole process noted above took 2 weeks.
On my way to the cash, I stopped by the poorly marked “Computers” section, to see if there was anything on-sale. This is a somewhat regular occurrence for me, as I’ve been kind of loosely ‘on the market’ since my last gaming computer died. It was a venerable machine that underwent a mid-life retrofit in 2010, and a memory purge in 2012. It finally gave up the ghost around Christmas 2014, and I’ve really missed having it (or something like it) around. I’ve been gaming on my work laptop since then, which frankly isn’t the best for that kind of thing (DAMNED INTEGRATED GRAPHICS).
There were literally 4 towers just sitting there, hardly the hay-days of computing when you only see 4 computers for sale at Staples. That’s when I did a double-take.
I kind of knew at that point I was in for a difficult evening. I promptly called my wife to see if I could secure funds for an impulse buy. The added urgency of the sale closing at 9:00pm didn’t help things at all.
…I had been planning on building my own computer, but the parts often wound up being around $1,000 which is intimidating in the realm of our current financial position.
This thing had similar specs to one I would build myself (in fact, it features a better processor than I would have bought for myself), leaving only the video card behind the market. Video Cards represent the first piece of hardware to be upgraded at mid-life anyways… You can’t upgrade a processor as effectively, may as well scrap it and move on with a new motherboard…
Aside: The above process took approximately 2.5 hours.
In fairness to the Mrs., I did have an opportunity to talk things through in detail with her, and we decided we could fit this expense in if I were to pare down the budget in other areas. The prime target being my hobby budget. Meaning, forced abstinence from purchasing anything hobby related (except for paint!) for the next 6-7 months with the understanding that I spent an average of $100 per month, which is more or less appropriate.
SO. Next kit I buy will probably be in August/September 2016
, barring exceptional circumstances. Totally worth it? I HOPE SO!
Aside: The ironic thing is that the lamp blew up within .025s of me having plugged it in. LOL.
Never a dull moment in Oakenland, I guess.
Cheers all! Catch you soon.