I woulda called him Bill.

I am Without Computer at the moment. I could have been Without Computer for a whole lot more moments if I had actually wanted to go through the hassle of getting a computer loan through The University I Work At, which would have meant that the university would pay for my computer, then take it out of my paycheck little by little, interest-free, over the course of 3-36 months (depending on how I set it up).

This would have been the logical, rational approach to take. In fact, it is the logical, rational approach I probably should have taken sometime in the last year, but I am unwilling to spend money until I have to. In this case, that means that I waited until my computer broke down again to replace it, and means that I want a new computer, and I want it now. No waiting for great deals, no waiting four weeks for my computer loan application to be processed before I can even order it. Fortunately I do have enough savings to allow me the extravagance of paying out of pocket, although I am told that one should always have the equivalent of three paychecks saved up, and I am now down to maaaaaaybe two.

I recently parted rather painfully with enough money to replace my camera, and now I have even more painfully parted with enough money to replace my laptop. These things are only getting more expensive! I keep strategically parking in the hope that - since there seems to be a trend here of replacing increasingly high-cost items - my car will be felled by some insurance-worthy event like a tree falling on it.

So anyway, that's just an update on my computer situation. I am staying a little late after work these days to do computery stuff, but you don't realize how much you depend on the computer until it's gone. If I want movie times, I have to walk/drive up to the movie theater to see when it's playing! I have to depend on cookbooks for all of my recipes! I cannot spend an entire movie reading the IMDb and Wikipedia articles about it! Overall, though, it's not too bad... especially because it's summer (so there are other things to do) and my new laptop is ordered so the end is in sight!

Now to find exotic names for my new electronic babies...

srah - Wednesday, 23 July 2008 - 4:56 PM
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Comments (18)

gravatar srahdad - July 23, 2008 - 6:20 PM -

One way to save a little money might be to drop your collison/comprehensive coverage on the car. Yes, you won't get paid if something happens to the car, but you may not get too much for a ten-year-old car anyway and you might be paying hundreds of dollars per year in order to get only slightly more than that back if something happens to the car. At some point in the life of a car it becomes sensible to pay less to the insurance company, pocket the difference, and assume the slight risk yourself. Get your insurance bill out and study it a bit. Give me a call if you have questions.

gravatar jday - July 23, 2008 - 7:00 PM -

Ooh, can I suggest TaLuuula for a name?

gravatar srah - July 24, 2008 - 7:58 AM -

@srahdad
Awwww, but then I miss out on all the fun of parking under trees! But good point.

@jday
I think the laptop is going to be Jerome, after the patron saint of libraries (since my last laptop was named after the proposed patron saint of the Internet). And the camera will be Mímir, after the Norse god of knowledge (following on Hecate, Greek goddess of trivia).

gravatar Not your mom - July 24, 2008 - 8:07 AM -

I agree with your dad about the insurance. My car is now 8 years old and getting to the point where I am thinking about dropping full coverage. I have a VW Beetle and it still looks like new to me so I think it is worth a lot more than the blue book value.

Obviously you haven't read the article about the girl in New Zealand who was taken away from her parents so she could be renamed. She was named Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii. She was stuck with that name for 9 years and was very embarrassed by it.

gravatar Cheryl - July 24, 2008 - 8:13 AM -

Um, you could *call* the movie theater to see when things are playing.

gravatar srah - July 24, 2008 - 8:17 AM -

Then I would have to locate my phone book!

gravatar all the wine - July 24, 2008 - 8:40 AM -

oooh new stuff! I love new shiny fresh baked electronics!

gravatar Sylvie - July 24, 2008 - 9:20 AM -

did you already buy the new laptop? If you wanted an Apple, Jeff can egt you a good deal (25% off).

gravatar Pants - July 25, 2008 - 3:05 PM -

You might want to check out this article for name suggestions. :-)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7522952.stm

gravatar srah - July 25, 2008 - 3:19 PM -

Sex Fruit!

I think the best part of it is the odd-name people popping up in the comments.

gravatar srah - July 25, 2008 - 3:33 PM -

Especially "Mangled Brown Fence-Post."

gravatar bob - July 25, 2008 - 4:59 PM -

Did you nominate me for the Five Star Friday blog thing? If so, thanks!

gravatar srah - July 29, 2008 - 9:23 AM -

Oh yeah, that would be me. :)

gravatar Allison - August 4, 2008 - 5:57 PM -

What type of computer did you decide on?

gravatar srah - August 4, 2008 - 8:49 PM -

Dell Inspiron 1420.

gravatar Allison - August 5, 2008 - 12:41 PM -

How fancy. Was it a logical, rational choice? :)

PS - Sylvie, you're husband can get me a Mac if he wants. (Or I can pay and he can get me a discount!)

gravatar Allison - August 5, 2008 - 12:57 PM -

Also, I think for an emergency fund you're supposed to have like 3 months saved up. (Unless you get paid once a month, then it would be 3 paychecks.)

gravatar srah - August 5, 2008 - 2:18 PM -

Oh yes, I do get paid once a month, so 3 paychecks = 3 months.

It was mostly logical and rationalish.

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