When I came down to the kitchen Wednesday morning, I noticed that the monitor on our main computer was displaying nothing but a blank white screen. After a moment of panic I had breakfast and a cup of coffee, then started researching the issue. It didn't take me long to realize that my old, hand-me-down monitor was probably toast, and mentally changed my plans for the day to put 'buy a new monitor' at the top of the list.
My first To Do of the day was a chiropractor appointment. While I was getting adjusted I laid out my monitor woes. The chiropractor suggested I check at a small independent computer store, where their office buys all their peripherals. The store was located in a strip mall a couple of miles to the west, so after I had my session on the traction table (in my opinion, the best part of the chiropractor visit) I headed towards the store he recommended.
When I got there the door was locked and the lights were turned off. I was disappointed, because according to the business hours posted on the door there should have been someone there. However, I remembered another small computer store not too far away that had done some repair work for Hubby Tony. I decided to go there and see if they could help me. If I came up short there, too, at least I was almost all of the way to Best Buy.
At Store #2 I talked to a friendly woman who showed me their selection of refurbished monitors, all priced at $79.99. She explained they came with a 30 day warranty, so I chose the one that was closest to me and asked her to ring it up. Ten minutes later I was walking out the door carrying my new monitor. When I got home it only took me twenty minutes to hook it up to the kitchen computer and I was back in business.
Five years ago today: Eleven Eleven Eleven