I spent the day dealing with bigger problems than water spots, though. Somehow I got through the payroll this morning before the monitor starting snapping at me. It's been making a crackling sound, as if it had a live electrical wire flopping around inside it, for about a week. I knew the time was coming to replace it, but I don't know why it had to be the day I was stuck waiting for an auditor to show up.
After she left this afternoon, I hopped in the car and zoomed over to Best Buy. I've been looking at monitors and checking prices, and I knew they had what I thought I wanted. After standing in front of the Mitsubishi 17-inch flat screen for fifteen minutes without getting anyone's attention, I grabbed a cart and loaded it on.
Then after I paid and got the rebate form, I wheeled the cart out into the parking lot, hoping I wouldn't have to wheel it right back in again. I thought the carton might fit into my huge trunk, but it wasn't even close. Here I was standing in the rain trying to stuff a three-foot box into a 33 1/3-inch opening. I actually gave it a little shove, even though I knew it wasn't going to go.
Then I tried the back seat, but I wasn't sure until I squeezed it through the door that I was going to make it. It rolled around back and forth all the way home, but we got here in one piece. I drive pretty carefully these days anyway, especially in the rain. Still no dents in the car, but it's up to 116 miles now.
We were talking about my new monitor, weren't we?
And oh my, what a difference! Such sharp, clear images I've never seen on a computer monitor before, at least not one sitting in front of me. It makes Word and Excel seem like new programs. Even more important, it makes every website I visit bolder and brighter. Yes, even yours! Even mine!
Maybe I shouldn't let another new toy become the latest key to my happiness, but something has to be. I spend so much time sitting right here, working and just surfing around, that I didn't realize I'd grown so used to seeing everything look drab and washed-out. Things have come a long way since I got my first Compaq portable in 1986, with its yellow monochrome screen and memory the size of a pea.