I've been without a computer since Friday morning and it was a very weird feeling, I must admit. My Mac Mini died some weeks ago and on Friday I went to the Apple store and selected an iMac 21.5 to replace it. I bought what Apple calls One To One plan so they did the migration from my laptop to the desktop and I somehow got it upstairs, out of the box and got it set up late this afternoon.
Friday was also the big day when the iPad G3 came out. The Apple store is always very busy, but it was exceptionally so both Friday and today. For some reason, our economic downturn has not seemed to affect Apple.
This is my friend Margaret and I holding up two of the new iPads after our Saturday morning Mac User Group meeting. They aren't ours, but we wished they were. They belong to two other people in our club who declined to have their photo taken. My iPod Touch is a mini-version of this, but how I wish I had the GPS feature.
So, after a weekend without computers and the Internet, now I have my desktop and laptop up and running. I am very fortunate indeed. And when I go to work, I have a fully loaded iMac. How can one girl be so lucky?
I have friends who revel in acquiring jewelry and fine clothes, who invest in exotic travel. My two largest expenditures are for computers and peripherals -- and I NEVER buy those at thrifts or garage sales, though most of you know I largely buy used. I'm as excited by the Apple store as some people are going into Nordstrom's or to the shops on Rodeo Drive. The energy of the staff and the pizzazz of the products make me feel energetic myself. In fact, I'm going back tomorrow afternoon to take an iPod Touch class.