My best friend has been with me since 2002. I wanted this best friend so badly, and ever since her arrival, I have spent hours of every day with her. She has been there when I cried, laughed, and stressed out. She helped me with my homework and always knew the right answer. I could ask her ANYTHING, and she would tell me--and if she didn't know, she'd find out. I could spend hours with this friend, and be completely entertained. I can remember spending 12 hours straight with her completing a homework assignment in college. I told this friend everything--she was like a journal. She recorded everything I thought, and would remind me of it, word for word, if I ever asked. I had to sacrfice for her. I'll never forget how excited I was when she came, she was MINE and I didn't have to share her with anyone.
And Thursday I packed her up, took her to a building, and abandoned her. They took her apart, and kept the best bits for my new best friend -- Titan. Her memories will still belong to me, and many of her functions will still be available in her replacement.
But they say you can never forget your first love, and you can certainly never forget your first computer--especially if you are a computer teacher. My poor little computer has been with me a long time, and now she is gone. I took her to PC Laptops so they could take her hard drive, her RW drive, and her wireless port and put it in the BRAND SPANKIN' NEW COMPUTER I just bought. Then they said I could pick up my new best friend that night. That was Thursday. Today is Saturday. And--no best friend. I'm borrowing Trevor's best friend at the moment. I'm hoping they FINALLY get it to me today! It's a gaming computer--with a huge hard drive, lots of memory and RAM, and a fantastic graphics card. AND, I paid a little extra to make sure I am still using XP and not Vista. I've heard such horrible things about Vista. But i can still switch it to Vista if I want--it's the premium package.
Anyway, hopefully I'll have a picture of my new computer soon, set up and ready to go. But for now I mourn my old one. I got a student loan to pay for it up at Utah State, because I was about to take a summer Web Design class and knew I couldn't pass it without a computer of my own. A ten week course in four weeks, plus it was the advanced web design class, when I hadn't even taken the beginning class. Well, I HAD, at least I had taken the prerequisite before my mission, but in 1998 that class was Pagemaker, not web design. So I knew I needed extra practice. I bought my comptuer from Del, and squealed like a pig when it arrived. Oh, I'll miss that old girl.