TECHNOLOGY CAN BE LIKE RIDING A ROLLER COASTER
Technology is amazing. Technology is progressive. Technology is cool. Technology is fun. Technology is frustrating. Technology is tricky. Technology exists in many diverse facets and faces. Technology can rule your life if you let it. I must admit, sometimes I have purposefully left my laptop turned off for a weekend in order to get away from the internet when I am burned out on it and when I long for more simple times. No, I don’t want to be Amish. But, I do think that simplicity is not always a bad thing. Argue with me if you will. Sometimes life can be quite complicated. Sometimes technology can be quite complicated. Sometimes there are technological speed bumps when you long for smooth sailing, a beautiful beach, and a glorious sunset.
One thing that I have kept quiet on my blog up until now was regarding a situation that completely upset me, and I was afraid that if I blogged about it in the moment, then my blog would have been one long lament. Hopefully, that is not the case now. While I am trying to not be superstitious, it does seem that bad things happen to me around Thanksgiving. Last year, there was a fire at my church right before Thanksgiving that actually the investigators said appeared to be arson. From my understanding, someone set the cross behind our church building on fire and threw it through our window. It was a horrible situation, and resulted in my church being displaced and relocated to a hotel for 4 months. Then, right after that, my Grandma passed away the Sunday after Thanksgiving of last year. I missed most of a week of work in order to be with my family and attend my Grandma’s funeral.
This year, I had a nice Thanksgiving and was really looking forward to my new laptop that was soon to be delivered by FedEx. It was the first time that I had ever actually bought a new laptop on my own, which was a big step for me, especially considering that my first “real” computer I actually bought used after college for a $100 from a girl who used to go to my old church in college (side note: I actually survived college without owning my own computer, but at times I lived in the library and computer labs, and I was exceedingly grateful for friends who would let me borrow their computer). My current laptop was overheating even while utilizing a cooling mat, and it had been an ongoing ordeal for months, making any writing that I tried to do on my laptop amazingly difficult. I had argued with HP about it, especially since thousands of batteries had been recalled that were fire hazards. My battery was actually listed as next in a series of batteries that had been recalled, but HP would not make amends. Thus, I decided that HP would NOT be a brand that I would buy my new laptop from, especially after many wasted hours trying to rectify the situation. HP advised me to not use my laptop and made it a crisis case, then never contacted me like they said they would. Finally, I realized that I just needed to invest in a new laptop. I REALLY want a Macbook Pro, but I am trying not to covet everyone that seems to own MacBooks. Unfortunately, it seems like MacBooks are just for the wealthy, but I would like to own one in the future.
After researching laptops and searching online for deals, I purchased one online from Wal-mart before Thanksgiving. I was happy not to have to brave the Black Friday crowds, plus HP seemed to be the major brand with cheap Black Friday sales, and I was unofficially boycotting them. Anyways, I figured that my laptop would not be delivered while I was out of town, because FedEx could not leave my laptop unsigned for outside of my apartment. Well, I was wrong. My expensive laptop cost over $500 was delivered without a signature confirmation. The next day, when I came home, my laptop was gone. I can only deduce that it was stolen. It is a long story, but after hours spent with FedEx, the police,semi-interviewing my neighbors, and even scouring hopefully every apartment in my complex to see if my laptop was accidentally mis-delivered, I finally gave up. The police said this happens all the time in my community, and there are people that purposefully go to the wealthy neighborhoods and steal unattended laptops while people are working. The problem is that you do not have a serial number to prove that the laptop is your laptop, and you have not set up a login password to make it more secure. It is a scary situation. Plus, there was no way that I could tell that the free shipping that Wal-mart gave me due to the expense of my purchase was would not require a signature confirmation. It makes me wary to order online anymore, but I may ship site to store or to my workplace in the future, where someone is always available to sign for packages during the day. Unfortunately, I feel like the whole situation robbed me of my trust in people, many hours of my time, as well as my laptop that I was so excited about.
Since my stolen laptop was such a good deal, of course it was out of stock with Wal-mart, meaning that I could not get it replaced. One shining thing amidst the sea of horribleness was that Wal-mart gave me a refund without argument. However, they pointed the finger at FedEx, who had pointed the finger at Wal-mart in terms of responsibility. Honestly, Wal-mart did NOT require FedEx to get a signature, so they did not. I want to caution anyone who orders online to be careful of this type of situation, because I would not want this to happen to anyone else.
However, I must note that while it is not the laptop that I really wanted, I did buy a different laptop that was almost $200 cheaper than the laptop that was stolen. It does not have as much RAM though, but you win some and you lose some. The really funny part of the situation is that I purchased it from Toys R Us. Who knew that they sold laptops? I receive e-mails from Toys R US, since I have shopped there for my niece and nephew, and they had an adult laptop that was $80 off recently, which is the one that I purchased. I am adjusting to it. I like it. It is different because the keys are quite a bit wider than my old laptop, making it harder to type and causing me to make even more typing mistakes than normal, but all is well. I am just so thankful to have a working laptop again after the long road and long ordeal thatI have been through . Also, because of Toys R Us having a holiday promotion for people who are in their free rewards program, you can get $10 back on every $100 you spend, so that really is quite beautiful.
Finally, on a non-related note, I will end by saying that I am really excited about a day off work on Monday. I have semi-stockpiled my vacation days at my job, and I decided to take a Monday off in order to have a three-day weekend and to catch up on things before the Christmas holiday. Also, I want to mention a prayer request. I think it is good to keep the families and friends of those who lost loved ones in the horrible tragedy in Connecticut in prayer. My heart goes out to the families, and I can only pray that God will comfort them with peace in this time of grief and loss.