The Daily EO: October 27th, 2012

For those of you who know my husband well – you already know that he is cheap in some things, and spendy in others.  For all the dollars he saves on no-name peanut butter another dollar is spent on audio visual, technical or photography needs.

The path from identification of need to the actual purchase is long and filled with hours of research, tedious conversations (depending on your perspective, I guess) and endless nerd reviews.

We start off with “I’m thinking of buying X” which leads me to know that he has been thinking about it for a couple of months.  For example, he has talked about replacing our server about 3 or 4 times, meaning it has been processing in his brain for probably 6 months.   Now that we’re both employed again, I am certain I will pick-up his laptop soon and find 16 open Internet Explorer tabs with consumer reviews and technical specifications on servers.  One day he’ll mention a budget, soon we’ll discuss income that could be generated from the server we already have.  And then, once all the specifications are decided, the comparison shopping will start.

It’s long.  And it is almost completely opposite to me.  I want.  I see.  I buy.   Or sometimes:  I see.  I want.  I buy.

Emile painfully sold his TV when we left Ontario.  He suffered from what all of us do when selling your used items – you remember how much you paid for it, how you got it, the good times and it always feels like they should be paying more.   He stroked it goodbye and sadly turned and walked away.

So, here we are in Vancouver with no ability to watch TV on a big screen.  This was much more of a concern to Emile than it was to me – I’m happy watching on a laptop, seeing a movie or even going outside.   Emile recognised the need to expedite his process and had already moved into the research phase of TV pruchase.  He let me know about a large budget.  I cringed – sure spend that next year, but this year when all of our funds seem to be going to into IKEA shares?  Hmmm.

I must have approached him in a weak moment, because when I suggested buying a cheaper TV for now, he sounded almost interested.  When I mentioned searching for a used TV, he didn’t sneer.

To demonstrate the potential market I typed “Sony 50 TV” into Craig’s List only to find a local guy selling a mint condition Sony 55″ TV for less than 40% of a new one.

Emile was silent.

He was still.

Then he firmed his shoulders, gritted his teeth.

And then he said “Send an email to see if it is still available.”

October 27th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  A “new” TV sits in our apartment and $1500 remains in our bank account.   No research or process.  Just buying – and that I can relate to.




The Daily EO: August 17th, 2012

I used to send money to my mom and brother through this complicated Royal Bank process that required me to know their banking information.  Fine, as they could trust me.  But what about strangers – they don’t know I’m probably not going to steal their identity.  So, I don’t think that ever took off.

When I sold my furniture to someone, he wanted to send me money and asked if I banked on-line.  No way buddy – you’re not getting my banking info!  But turns out, you can send money to people via e-mail and interac.  Cool.  I didn’t know – it was all completed within 15 minutes, and there was my $80 in my bank account.

August 17th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  The vague uneasiness felt when someone 20+ years your senior teaches you about some new fandangled technology thing.  That’s backwards, grandpa!

The Daily EO: August 13th, 2012

I have my Yahoo! mail app on my android phone set to da-ding every time I get a new e-mail (not including spam).  I have 3 e-mail accounts and I have even set-up a different sound for one of my accounts.   That one sounds something like a cartoon bug being squashed.

Nonetheless, when my e-mail da-dings or squashes, I can hear it anywhere.  Even if the ringer is on low – I hear.

I’m known to sign up for e-mails when I am promised something for free, leaving my inbox littered with stupid excuses for companies to contact me.  It’s kinda like those valid reasons you dream up calling a boy you liked “Hey, you forgot your history book at my house after that group study thing.  I’ll like totally bring it tomorrow – but I just didn’t want you to worry.”  Cause he was so worried about his Social Studies text.

Anyways, all these da-dings with no satisfaction upon reading the e-mail is driving me crazy, so I started unsubscribing to stuff.  No more Canadian Tire, no more Right at Home, goodbye Mocha Sofa, no thanks Shape, finished with you Chatelaine, no more!

And would you know it?  I don’t get useless da-dings very much any more.

August 13, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  I am not sure reducing my unsatisfying da-dings makes me feel any better.  I think I liked the 5 seconds of hope of something good landing in my in-box better.

The Daily EO: July 9th, 2012

My husband is a genius when it comes to computers.   He would be the first to tell you that he doesn’t know everything.   And I would agree.   But back to computers – he may not know everything, but he has a basic inherent understanding of all things technical, electronic and how software interacts with them.  And he has a gift for being able to explain complicated technical things to us mere mortals in a manner which we can process in our tiny brains.

I couple days back he headed to Toronto to take his Comptia Networks+  exam.  He’s been studying for this for a while.  And worrying that he wouldn’t pass.  And studying some more.

July 9th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: He passed with 889/900.   That is like 99% correct.