Something amazing happened yesterday.
I finally got the point of Skype…
I finally saw the point of broadband…
And I finally realised that I need a new computer – and in an ideal money worry-free world, this would be a Mac Book Pro.
'What?' I hear the people who know me cry. 'Deafinitely Girly might get the internet at home? And hell hasn't frozen over?'
I know, it's mad isn't it. For many years I have resisted this piece of technology because I resent the fact that I have to pay for a phone line I will never use to get broadband, or that if I choose to go with fibre optic without a phone line then the deals aren't that great…
That's as maybe, but honestly, if I spend to long thinking about it, I risk combusting with rage.
Anyway, yesterday it turned out that with a combination of a shiny Mac Book, a great broadband speed and Skype, I had the longest, most-coherent chat I've had with Big Bro EVER… lipreading the whole thing.
It was amazing. It was an unbelievable feeling. I now see why other people have this.
I understand it. It's life changing.
It's also expensive. But what I experienced yesterday – the excellence of the picture, the clarity of the sound, the brilliance of the whole thing, made me realise that this is money well spent. This isn't the clichéd £500 a year I could save if I gave up my Pret Latte luxury (I've never bought a latte from Pret in my life), this is an investment worth making proper sacrifices for.
There's just one teeny tiny problem, what comes first? The Mac Book or the internet? If it's the former, then I should be online by this time next year even with a savings plan. If it's the latter, I will be online but without the proper tools to make the most of it.
Chicken or egg? Mac Book or broadband?
I want both of the latter. My neighbour would go mental if I got the former.
Better get saving eh?