29 January 2009

A Fresh Perspective

My computer monitor, at the ripe old age of four, started to give up the ghost last week. It started with recurring bouts of flickering on and off like an expensive strobe light, which I cured by unplugging it from the computer and reconnecting it. Yesterday morning, however, it kicked the proverbial bucket.

I was dozing in bed, warm and comfy and blissfully unaware, when I heard footsteps. A large weight sank onto the edge of the bed.

"Honey?" My husband gave my shoulder a gentle shake.

Me: (turning over) Umph?

"Honey, the monitor's dead. I wanted to tell you now, so you wouldn't find out when you went to use the computer. I didn't want you to have a little melty-down."

Me: (still sleepy) Melty-down?

"You know - a lot of 'frick-frick-frick-frick-frick-frick!' and gnashing of teeth. I didn't want you to start the day that way."

Me: (brow furrowed) Um, okay. Thank you. (Do I really do that?)

He then told me he would meet me at Best Buy after work, and we'd get a new monitor. I wasn't particularly looking forward to braving the rush hour hordes to do this, but it turned out to be a rather nice experience. We found a reasonably-priced monitor right away, didn't have to stand in line very long, and afterward proceeded to the restaurant across the street for dinner. Margaritas and burgers. Much better than I'd expected.

As a result, we now have a 19" monitor - small by today's standards, but ginormous when compared to the old 15" version. It's taking a bit of getting used to, rather like watching an IMAX movie for the first time, but I like it. It's nice to get a fresh perspective.


Nan said...

YAY! Is it flat screen? I love flat screen- so much more desktop to stack stuff on. :)