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Sunday, 07/03/2005 - 11:06 AM PDT
The topic: You just have to know when to ask

We belong to CostCo. And in late spring, CostCo sends out coupon books that take you through the summer. The coupons are dated, on a week by week basis.

Last week, there was a coupon for fifty dollars off on a 19" LCD flat screen monitor. Now, it's not the best that you can get, but it's nicer than what I've got. If we were gazillionaires, I'd probably want something much nicer, but for now, this would be a huge step up from what I've got.

My old monitor has had this line running through it for a while. My old monitor was a 17" Sylvania CRT and it was heavy and it was deep. Annie used to hide behind the monitor because there was nothing there. Then I got some new speakers for the old computer and the subwoofer went back there and there was no longer any place for her. That's when she decided she could slap any cat that bugged her and it's working nicely.

But it's always been hard to work with anything in that corner because of the bulk of the monitor.

I've been asking Brian ever since that coupon was in the book if I could have the monitor. Everytime we went to CostCo, I go look at it. He'd go with me and just shake his head.

Brian didn't think that I needed a new monitor since the old one was still working. He did say if we took the old one back and got our money refunded (why?) we could get the new one. Now, I can't see trying to get money back on a monitor we've had for a couple of years, that's just wrong. He did it with his fax machine because it never did work right, but the monitor did. I gave up. For the moment.

So, the monitor coupon runs out today.

Yesterday, before we left for breakfast, Brian's cell rang. It was his brother, alerting him to the fact that he found the Bronco roof. Two hundred bucks. I don't say a word. When we got home, Brian cleaned up needles from the street to use on the bank. Then he left to get some hoses for his paint gun. He had to have them special made and he needed them for today, when he paints up at the property. Harbor Freight had them for cheap but every single one they had was kinked and when you unkinked the hose, it cracked. That's not going to work with any kind of liquid. So, he had them made. Cost fifty dollars.

Then he washed the Escape and when he was done, it was time to go shopping. I took the monitor coupon out of the book and showed it to him. He said with a sigh, "Okay".

I got everything switched out last night and today, after I clean the rest of the house, I'm going to tackle the office. And this week, maybe I'll pull out my work table and get my filing caught up. Just so my new monitor looks nice and neat in my corner. big grin

We are really pleased with the resolution. Of course, I'll have to order a cover for it. One of the things that I didn't like is the accompanying instructions say to set the resolution at 1280 x 1024. Not going to happen. I can't see a thing at that setting, so I set it to 1024 x 768. I checked my stat tracker and that seems to be the most popular screen size that visitors are using. I used the 800 x 600 for so long that this is a big step up for me.

So, you see, it's all in the timing.


lisaviolet is fifty something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

July 2005

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