We had quite a day here yesterday, filled with excitement. Not the kind of crazy excitement that you are probably thinking of, but we are ‘mature’ (ha!) country people and it doesn’t take much for us to be excited.
My partner Keith got his new computer case yesterday. For those of you who don’t know, he isn’t only my fellow designer, but also the ‘technological genius’ behind Sheila Landry Designs. While I am the one who has most of the contact with our customers (he calls me the ‘P.R. girl’ (public relations)) I refer to him as the ‘I.T. guy’ (internet technology.) He loves anything to do with gadgets and has a couple of degrees in technology. While I am not quite stupid when it comes to computers, I have nowhere near the knowledge that he does on those things. But that is OK, as together we round out the company and each have out own special part in it.
As with tools, it seems that to an I. T. guy, you can never have enough computer stuff. It doesn’t help that no matter what you have, within five minutes from buying it, there is something out that that is better and faster or bigger. It is a never ending quest for having the best equipment possible and it is a fun challenge to make what you do have perform optimally. Such is a life of a ‘geek.’
I love geeks though (my son is also one!) and while I don’t have the desire or need to have the absolute top of the line equipment for myself, I do enjoy sitting on the sideline and watching Keith progressively build a computer system that could theoretically send a spaceship to Mars. Right in our own living room! Besides, I frequently am first in line for his ‘run off’ parts – many which are eons superior to what I am running on my computer. So I happily cheer from the sidelines as he adds on and builds his computer into a technological marvel.
His most recent acquisition was a new computer case. Now you may ask yourself “What is so special about a computer case?” as I did when he said he was thinking of getting one. After all, isn’t it just a box made of sheet metal to hold the parts? That was certainly my thoughts about it about a week ago. When I saw some of the prices for them, I nearly dropped a jaw. What the heck would justify some of the cost for a “box” after all?? But then, as I was quietly painting and doing my work here, I started paying attention to some of the videos that Keith was watching about the different models of computer cases and I caught myself thinking that some of them were pretty cool. After all, both Keith and I are organization junkies and to someone like that, many of them have things that are quite appealing.
To make a long story short, after much (MUCH!) deliberation, Keith chose a model that was suitable for his present (and we hope future) needs. It all started when NCIX (a large mail order computer supplier here in Canada) put a large CPU heat sink on sale for a obnoxiously low price. Keith was looking to have his computer run cooler and jumped on the great deal. Unfortunately, it was so large that it wasn’t going to fit in his case. So just like a line of dominoes, one piece fell into the other and he wound up getting the heat sink, the case, and assorted other upgrades for his system. (I think NCIX knew what they were doing!)
I must admit, it is really COOL though! Yesterday when the Purolator guy came with several boxes, it was like Christmas in May. I haven’t seen Kieth so excited for a long time and I was really happy for him. He works hard and manages his money well, so why not splurge and make himself happy? I could think of many worse vices. How could seeing this not make you smile???
He spent the entire day getting the thing set up, and worked well past midnight. There are still tweaks to make and wires to organize, but it is up and running and very, very cool. I know this isn’t woodworking related, but indirectly it is, as we do draw our woodworking patterns with our computers and most woodworkers I know work with their computers. Besides, it is like sharing a ‘tool gloat’. Part of the fun of it is talking about it.
All the while Keith was working on his computer, I was able to finish the last of my stocking ornaments. I now have the set of 12 complete.
In addition, I drew up the next set of ornaments that I will be submitting to the Artist’s Club, as well as cut them out and began to paint them. I will spend the day today painting and I should be able to get the majority of them finished.
It was a good day around here. And I feel I have a good life in general. It is nice to be content in the choices we made and have a good purpose to do some positive things each day – and have some fun in the process.
I hope you all have a good day today, too.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"