Mark your calendar for it was a week
ago yesterday that I jumped ship. This
is the way it happened. My life has
been on hold lately. I had it with a lot
of things, but my raging computer wars
had to come to end. It was time! My
five-year old HP laptop couldn’t handle
it anymore—Windows or Linux. I felt
that to finish the book I’m writing and
meet publishing protocols, I have to
stay with Word. What worked for my
recent poetry book in print wasn’t
enough this time around. So, I was
thinking Windows 10. I seldom make
an emotional buy; I had to keep the
price down as things are tight. So, I took
it real slow. After search upon search,
I narrowed down the field. I was so sure
this was it, I shutdown Ubuntu for what
I hoped would be the last time, closed
the lid, and stuck it on the bottom of the
bookshelf in front of my desk. Looks like
a decorative paperweight. Plugged in.
Well, I was excited; I parked and walked
briskly in the 108° F heat into the massive
warehouse. I circled the computer area
several times. Didn’t see it. I watched as
other customers discussed computers with
sales persons. My laptop was not to be
found. Got to be a salesperson somewhere.
“Excuse me,” I mentioned to the nearest
clerk, “Are there PC’s anywhere else, is
this it?” “No, this is it,” he said, “The one
you are looking for is probably an online
buy only.” Oddly, every demo laptop was
running Windows 10 Home. Not one was
running Pro. I walked briskly back to my
car. The temp was up to 110° F. I thought,
“Could this be a sign? No more Windows for
me?” I started to pull out of the parking
lot. Left or right at the stop sign? Left
would take me home. What is to the right?
The mall. So, what is at the big shopping
mall that I never go to? The Apple Store.
I looked into my rearview mirror to make
sure there was no one behind me as I
paused to make up my mind. Clear. Good.
I looked at a few Macs but. But what?
A lot of “but’s”—and I’ve been a Windows
guy since DOS was king! I turned right.
I parked and entered the mall on the top
level. I had forgotten how huge this place
is! “Hey, bud, I thought there was an Apple
Store here?” “No problem. Take the
escalator down after the food court and
make a hard left, then left again; it will be
on your right. You can’t miss it.” Thanks!”
He was right. There it was with all its glass
doors in all its glory. And it was crowded on
a Monday! Kids everywhere. Another twenty
or thirty folks waiting for a class to begin. A
few old folks. Not many. I was playing with
a 13″ MacBook Pro with Function keys; not
the new strip. I’m color blind and thought
it and I wouldn’t get along. A salesperson
walked up to the kid next to me. In seconds,
Joe College bought an Air. Another sales-
person surfaced. As we greeted each other
I saw him glance at my forehead and smirk.
I must have been wearing a neon sign that
only he could see that flashed, “Windows
user, approach with caution.” He answered
all of my questions, but wouldn’t leave no
matter what I said. I stared at the Mac. And
it was more than sticker shock. It was more
than a switch from Windows to the Apple
OS. A decades old friend was slipping away.
Was I about to do the right thing? Also, I
couldn’t talk to anyone about it because I
left my phone in the car which was at the
other end of the mall! I was on my own.
This was it. “I’ll take this one in Space Gray.
2.3GHz and the smaller hard drive. Most of
my stuff is online anyway.” He politely
suggested a few add-ons. I politely declined.
I made up my mind to go trackpad, no mouse.
Nothing else. If a piece of bubble gum was
an add-on, I wouldn’t do it! One last try; I
looked up at the sales rep, “Any discounts?
Military? Old age? Green stamps?” He looked
at me funny, “You got a military ID?” “Yep!”
I walked out of the store carrying a new
MacBook Pro. I was a wreck, but I made it
back to my car. So, here it is about a week
later. Doing okay. Everything is set up. And
oddly, I feel that Office works better on the
Mac. (Microsoft is no fool!) I imported this;
I imported that and wham! Flawless data!
I’m not in Kansas anymore. My Windows
nightmares are over. I’m up and running!
So much so that a few days ago I called my
phone carrier, “Any iPhone deals; I can’t
afford a 6 or 7 and don’t really want a phone
bigger than my head.” She was brilliant!
“I got a refurbished iPhone SE.” Now, I have
a good-as-new iPhone SE. Holy Smokes!
With cool trackpad swipes and tons of great
keyboard shortcuts, I’m in heaven. “Beam me
up, Scotty!” Loving the keyboard. On top of
all of that, I gave Siri a female British accent.
I’m having fun and in love again. Can’t beat
that. I may have to watch Star Trek tonight.
Poet, Writer, US Army (Retired)
I dreamed of writing when I was a youngster. The love of books and writing may have helped to dull the pain of severe sexual abuse as I was sexually abused by two men at my father’s place of work from age 8 to 12 or so. I learned about this for the first time when I was 50 years old. So, as a boy, reading was the only place I had to go to. My fantasy world was better and safer than my real world. I loved reading and writing.
Reading books and writing poetry are a joy to me still and are an important part of my life. (See my About Me page on my blog for the complete profile.)