Paolo is my new MacBook.
I had no intentions whatsoever, going in to this whole needing to buy a computer thing, of buying a Mac. (This despite repeated urging from the Mac faithful among my friends, of both the real life and invisible internet varieties.) I was, in fact, focusing my search on "cheap and adequate".
Then I heard that Apple offered good deals for teachers and I had a friend who needed to go to the Apple store for purposes of continued flirting with the Genius who fixed her computer. So, what the heck? Might as well ask what they'd do for me and what type of proof of teacherhood they would require.
It turned out that something written on letterhead stating that I am a teacher would be sufficient proof, which I could totally get. And the deal? Well.
$100 off the computer
$75(ish - was trying to do the math in my head while MacBoy was talking) off the 3-year warranty
Free $100 printer
Free THREE HUNDRED DOLLAR iPod Touch
Ok then. Where do I sign?
I went back the next day, after procuring said letterhead proof (I wrote something to the effect of "Lori is a teacher here" and had my boss sign it) which turned out to be unnecessary anyway. I told the guy I was a teacher and I had this proof and he said, "That's ok. You look honest." (See, I told you.)
Thus did Paolo become mine. And his as-yet-unnamed friends, Touch and printer. I was a bit concerned about carrying them into the house, in plain sight of the most-likely-felons next door, but happily our new alarm system was installed earlier that day. What perfect timing! You're safe now, Paolo. From everyone but me and my not actually knowing much about how Macs work, now that I think about it.
To all of those people who urged me to get the Mac and then celebrated, depending on the source, me coming to "the side of goodness and light" or "the dark side", I say this: I hope you anticipated all of the HOW DO I WORK THIS THING? calls, emails, Twitter direct messages, etc. that are about to be coming your way.
Everybody else: hopefully this will mean more regular posting! Please note my use of the word "hopefully". Because I seem to recall that posting requires not only one's own computer, but also doing interesting, noteworthy things, and I am sensing a lot of quality time at home with Paolo in my near future. But, as always, if I do anything stupid, you'll be the first to know.