I decided to Skype a friend just to make sure that the rest of the world hadn't been nuked or something.
"Eh up!" answered chum.
"Where are you?" I asked.
"Paris," he replied.
"What the devil are you doing there? Eating dobbins?"
"Working," he said, "what's up with you anyhow?"
"Everything is really quiet here and I am wondering why," I retorted, "so I thought I would ring someone to check that people are still alive."
"It's Easter this weekend you muppet," came the response. "Everyone takes the week off because Friday and the following Monday are bank holidays."
Ahhhh! All became clear..... everyone was on holiday which explained the lack of calls from agents, banks, customers and suppliers.
All of a sudden I began to feel a bit hard done by that I was the only one who appeared to be working. So I formulated a plan........ Yep, I was going to go gadget shopping! Hell, why should I work my fingers to the bone when everyone else is sat with their feet up.
I decided that a new laptop was going to be the gadget of choice, and so I hit the electrical stores in Oxford, checking specs, and drooling over the new HD widescreen monitors, and flashy casings. But still, I couldn't quite find 'the one' until I arrived at the Curry's and a salesman suggested that I look at a Sony Vaio that had just arrived.
My eyes locked with its screen across a crowded showroom, and from that moment on I know that we were meant to be.
Pic.No.1. Introducing the Sony Vaio VPCF11Z1E
The machine was a beast.......... check this out:
HD widescreen 16.4" (with Blu Ray)
Dolby Surround Sound
Memory type: DDR3 SDRAM
Webcam and built in microphone and speakers.
Even better, the thing only weighed around 3KG (6.6lbs), so it was also designed to chuck in a bag and travel with.
I turned to the Salesman, "yes please, I'll have that one."
He turned to me blithely, "we don't have that in stock."
"You are kidding me? When can you get it in?" I replied, aghast.
"It normally takes a couple of days....... " he contemplated, "but with Easter and all, you will be lucky to get it before next Tuesday."
Bloody bummer. So it was with a heavy heart that I exchanged my payment for nothing more than a flimsy receipt and the promise of a phonecall when my new laptop had arrived.
Sigh...... these things are meant to try us, but at least I have something to look forward to!