Sunday, May 04, 2008


Robin’s birthday was in March—just a couple weeks after I began working again, so we didn’t have any spending money at the time. We cleaned up an old laptop computer that my little sister had donated to us a couple years ago and gave that to him. The only problem was that we didn’t know at the time how much that laptop sucked.

Fast forward to last weekend, I got tired of seeing the look of disappointment on his face. He wouldn’t complain about it outright, but he was crestfallen every time the computer failed to boot up properly or wouldn’t get online. So I went to Craigslist and found him a new (used) laptop. Less than $250.00.

When the guy came to deliver it, during the course of conversation he learned about the crappy one we were replacing. He took that one home with him, wiped the hard drive, re-installed all our programs, and brought it back on Friday this week. While dropping that one off, he asked if he could look into our wireless network (there’s more back story to this, but it’s boring).

The long and short of it is that we have—at long last—found ourselves a computer-fixer-dude. After one week and less than $400.00 total, we have two completely re-vamped laptops, a clean desktop, and a better wireless setup than ever before. All the computers run quickly, none ever fail to get online, and with six computers in the house now, the kids no longer have to fight each other for computer space.

Kate, on the other hand, still has to fight with Jeff for her screen time.