I got my black MacBook (aka Bernie Mac) back in 2007. Bernie wasn’t doing so good for me though. Although the black MacBooks were among the elite when I bought it (I spent a lot of time picking it!) Bernie did not meet my needs for long. I think it said today that I have 22,602 photos. Sadly, I’m not kidding.
Then in October 2009, this happened:
Don’t try to drink and compute. Bernie’s poor screen! It only got worse, sadly. Big black, thick-line crack. And $700 to replace the screen through Apple. Notgunnahappen. So I figured I’d keep using it as-is and eventually upgrade.
That day has finally come. Now before you go gossiping about “but isn’t she always complaining she’s poor!?” yes, B is in school and we have way less income. However – not that it’s anyone’s business – a distant relative of my dad’s biological family (long story) died and all living blood relatives got a small inheritance. Not a ton, but enough to help with bills until B is salaried and maybe pay off some debt, and to help us with a few vital things- a new mattress, dental work for the pugs, and… get me a new computer. The way my mom put it was to “buy what you couldn’t afford to if you had to buy it if it broke.” Which is naturally my computer. I can buy another point-and-shoot camera, or other small fun electronics and gadgets. But it was time to proactively upgrade the computer.
Yesterday Big Daddy and I spent a while at the Apple store. Which happens to be located where I used to work and was fired from. So… I wore a disguise. AKA a hat and a scarf pulled tightly around my neck. I really, really did NOT want to see anyone I knew from there. Being fired is embarrassing.
We were given tons of information and I chose the MacBook Pro 13 inch. (I love my current 13 inch, and I hate using bigger laptops!) We paid for that, AppleCare, and One-to-One (highly recommended from my mom- it’s $99 I think for a year’s worth of personal lessons on your computer and how to use it, plus they transfer your old computer onto your new one for you for free.) I was told I could pick up my computer the next day!
At dinner, we decided to name the new computer Weird Al Mackovic. I like naming things that I own and since the MacBook Pro has that aluminum finish, we got Al… which led to Weird Al Mackovic after Weird Al Yankovic. I hope he doesn’t befall the same fate as Bernie Mac (the person) did.
Today I went with B after work to pick up both Bernie and Weird Al Mackovic. We got ‘em both easily and then got home to open it!
First I gave Bernie a sad hug. Sidenote: who wants to buy B photography lessons?
The big box-opening reveal…
The pugs were very anxious to meet Al!
And so was I! It was love at first click.
Please don’t look at my side table. It’s become a catch-all for my crap these past few weeks… since this corner is kind of my desk. Sob. So nasty.
Joining One-to-One and getting everything set up and transferred from Bernie to Al made a HUGE difference. Everything was the same, from internet bookmarks to recently visited sites to my desktop background. They did a great job and took care of my babies!
Anyone have any suggestions for what I should try to learn in my one-on-one sessions? Anyone have any MacBook Pro tips? Feel free to share ‘em!
ps- I am planning to sell Bernie (who is more of a fixer-upper OR a great Mac for people less photo-focused than me) so if you are interested, just let me know!