Sweet Jesus on a graham cracker! I've got my MacBook back!
Honestly, what an awful five days. Isn't that fucking pathetic? I worried about this thing until the very minute I had it back in my possession. Never mind that it was fully backed-up and that it was in the very capable hands of an authorized Apple service place. Set aside that it was more maintenance than repair, so there was little risk. I still fidgeted about, and finally called yesterday to see how it was coming along. Worse, when they called back to say it was ready to go, about 3:30 yesterday afternoon, I actually considered blowing off a dentist appointment -- an important one -- so I could drive in to Madison to retrieve my little white-cased pal.
That's warped. But it's true.
For the little bit of Internet activity I did do, I used Tom's laptop. It's a Toshiba and therefore a Windows PC. And, sorry Tom, it is a piece of crap. Well, I guess it functions, but I hated it. I actually was more pacified using the iPhone as a substitute for my laptop. At least it had my hundreds of bookmarks, handled all the email accounts, and had a lot of music in it.
Setting aside what is obviously some kind of psychosis on my part, I do find it interesting when I consider how much I rely on this machine. It is my connection to all my preferred news sources, it pulls down the podcasts I actually do listen to, and it holds the software I use to manage everything from finances to travel to, of course, blogging. During the time I was without the laptop, I kind fo tuned ot of world affairs. I saw headlines on the iPhone, and heard stuff on the radio. But I didn't turn to television or my first media love, newspapers. I just went along oblivious.
One of the good things that came from being without the beloved MacBook: I now have a much better understanding of what the iPhone an do. Even though the one I have is not the new model, it does have the 2.0 OS, so I can download all these new applications. I probably added 15 different apps over the weekend, with my far the best being Last.fm, Pandora and AOL Radio. The fact that I can navigate through AOL Radio (probably the first nice thing I have ever said that included "AOL" in it) over to WXRT-FM, my favorite station from Chicago. With the iPhone's built-in speakers, it actually sounds pretty good just playing while sitting on the kitchen counter. Who knew?
I totally realize how nerdy/geeky this sounds. And I don't care. I love this stuff.