Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Apple Store - Where Waiting is the Hardest Part

Yesterday at 5:20 p.m. I met with a mac genius to diagnose the maladies my macbook has been experiencing.

Well, to be accurate, I checked in at 5:20 via ipad with the one of the many employees in blue and then I had to wait another half hour or so to be seen. The actual wait-time was not unbearable, but my company made that half hour seem like an eternity.

You see, in my head, the mac store is full of Justin Long looking 20-30 somethings with shaggy hair and/or fun glasses who quip with me about Aqua Teen Hunger Force as they magically repair my macbook, which has been refusing to turn on at all (even when it's plugged in) as of late, just by sending it through some white and silver box that is deceptively simple in appearance, my like the computers themselves.

In actually the store is filled with male and female versions of the guy who plays "a PC" in the apple/mac commercials and probably still refer to the machines as "Macintosh's."

As each new person was called up, some ornery older person would comment, "I thought I was next," then turning to the fellow older person on the Ikea-style bench next to them, "didn't she say I was next?" Only for the very nice young girl in blue running the line off of her way-cool ipad to calmly explain that there are 2 lines; "1 for iphones and ipods and the other for computers," as I'm sure she says at least 100x per shift. I just sat there silently wishing that there was mute button for all outside noise, but apparently they don't have an app for that.

Thankfully my name was soon called and my genius quickly diagnosed that my battery was DOA and could not be resuscitated, and that there was probably a connection problem between where the power adapter hooks up and the actual battery. To send it out to be fixed is a flat rate of $250 which covers "pretty much anything that's wrong with it."

He started explaining my options, but seeing as how my mac is now 4 years old, and computer years are like the reverse of dog years, I cut him off and explained that I'd rather just spring for a new one.

He then asked if I was a teacher or a student because, as it turns out, the education discount is about $100 for the macbook pro. Looks like I'll be going back with a teacher in tow!

Until then, this is KimboNotKimmy signing off from my Acer netbook.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sad Mac

So I went to the mall today, but all I came home with were some tops from F21, 2 pairs of leggings, and a sample of the perfume I think I want (still 90%, why waste the $$$ if I'm not 100%?).

The surprise item I was thinking about was a new MacBook. I went to the Apple store, old MacBook in tow, and, much to my chagrin, the salesperson advised me to make an appointment with one of the "geniuses" to see if I should get a new MacBook or if my old one could just be fixed.

So yes, this was logical and, yes, it was a pleasant surprise that, unlike most sales people, she was not trying to sell me more than I needed. However, when I don't fully understand something, I tend to just want to replace it rather than fix it.

While I know I don't want to buy a new battery (why put $$$ into a 4 year old laptop), she did mention that in addition to diagnosing the problem, the "genius" would be able to transfer over all of my old files should I choose to purchase a new MacBook. Maybe they'll even give me some sort of credit for having one that crapped out and still wanting to buy a new one.

A girl can hope, can't she?

So I left, slightly defeated, but with full intentions to make that appointment. Let's see how quickly I actually do this. And let's hope I get a cool "genius."

Friday, September 10, 2010

It's Friday and I'm Tired

Even though it was a short week, it's Friday and I'm exhausted. I don't think I ever really rested up from last weekend, which was non-stop, so I kind of just want to fall asleep in front of the TV tonight, but we're going to dinner instead. I'm sure I'll be glad we did, but right now I'm having trouble getting motivated.

My plan for motivation may sound silly, but this is it: stopping at Bloomingdales on my way home and buying the new fragrance I became obsessed with last night, Womanity, by Thierry Mugler. It's a gourmand fragrance, which means that it's food based (fig and caviar to be specific), and I just immediately fell in love with it. As a burgeoning foodie, I suppose it only makes sense that I'd love this type of scent.

If I don't have time tonight, I'm definitely going to make it part of my day tomorrow, seeing as how I'm already planning on going to the mall anyway. The main purchase is a surprise though, I'd hate to disappoint if I flake out... Enjoy your night!