I know you are doubting me, and probably shaking your head in disbelief, but hear me out......... finally, after nearly three weeks of scrapping with Currys Electricals, I got a call from my local store to say that my laptop was ready to collect. Just in case you are thinking that I'm losing the plot, catch up with story by clicking here.
I excitedly announced the news on my Facebook account, only to have a friend, Pete Docker reply; "When you get there, open the box to check that there isn't a sandwich-maker inside." Ummmm, methinks he has also dealt with Currys in the past.
To prevent further mishap, and without further ado, I jumped into my car and raced to Currys, skidding into a parking space outside the front door.
I rushed inside and accosted a member of staff clad in a red polyester shirt; "Hi, I've come to pick up my laptop." [note to self: I hope he dons an earthing strap before handling my laptop.]
"Ahh," he replied, "you must be Dr Dickens."
Blimey, my laptop antics had made me famous in Currys.
He disappeared out the back and reappeared with my laptop, "here you go", he said, handing me a box with a handle.
I looked at it in awe, and sighed, "I never thought in a million years that I would receive this before it was obsolete."
He frowned and replied, "would you like to purchase 3 years insurance to keep your laptop protected?"
"It was hard enough to actually get the laptop that I purchased, without entertaining the thought of filing an insurance claim with yourselves," I answered tersely.
"No problem Dr Dickens, enjoy your laptop," he said............ but I was already out the door and hot-footing it to the car.
Once home, I put the laptop on the table and admired...................
Pic.No.1. My new Sony Vaio VPCF11Z1E
Then Pete's voice drifted into my head...... "make sure there isn't a sandwich-maker inside the box"
so, it was with trepidation that I cut the seal and opened the lid...............
Pic.No.2. Inside the box..... so far it was looking good
Pic.No.3. All the bits appeared to be there...... but what was the laptop like?
Pic.No.4. AAAAHHHHH .......... she is beautiful ........ all black and shiney and smooth
So, after weeks of pain and frustration, I was finally clutching my new laptop in my sweaty mitts, and I could feel the pain slowly ebbing away.
I bundled up all the bits and took them to work to commence the lengthy process of configuring the laptop and loading up all the software.
Pic.No.5. Moi at work playing with my new gadget
So the moral of the story? NEVER, EVER BUY ANYTHING, NOT EVEN A MOUSE, FROM CURRYS ELECTRICALS.............. IT IS MORE PAINFUL THAN A PAPER CUT.