So when the Mac vs. PC commercials first aired ages ago, I fell in love with Justin Long. I mean who wouldn’t want to be geeky cool. But I am a die-hard PC fan, and to be honest, far more resemble Jon Hodgeman’s character. Stodgy comes to mind. But I am surrounded by uber cool friends who try (sometimes without success) too keep me at least nominally on the path to cooldom.
I have a friend from Texas who has an amazing sense of style. She can put together the oddest combinations of clothing and look like a million dollars. I on the other hand would look like a bag lady (no offense to bag ladies everywhere). Bottom line, it’s not easy to cool me up.
However, after my semi-literate phone was stolen, my husband took the leap for me and presented me with a new iPhone. We haven’t been separated since (the iPhone, I mean). Seriously what a freakin’ cool product. And I only have the 3gs model. The only problem was that my old eyesight had a little trouble seeing the text—especially on the web, and though I can squeeze it bigger, by the time I’ve managed to get it large enough to decipher there are only five words on the screen. Which means a lot of scrolling.
But there’s an app for that—or more accurately a new machine for that. The iPad. When it came to getting my iPad 2 I did something I’ve never done before. I invaded my stash of unspent birthday money (and you can guess how long I’ve been saving that when you consider the price of an iPad) and bought one for my very own self. AND I LOVE IT. (Note the caps!) Seriously the little guy has become the keeper of all my stuff. The holder of all my secrets. The king of my world. Okay, I think that’s over stating it a bit. But basically, I like it.
Which brings me to the point of this diatribe (and you were wondering if I had one). Slight aside…why is it that the punctuation goes inside the parenthesis? It makes so much more sense to do it the way I said it as it’s ending the original sentence which wasn’t in parentheses? Sorry, I digress. The point. And as Ellen DeGeneres says…I do have one. I am considering going for a full count and introducing a new friend to the mix. The iMac. Now for me (and my PC is cringing as I type this) this is a HUGE step.
And I’m afraid. Seriously, I’ve never been totally cool and while I’ll admit this would only be technologically speaking, it still scares me to death. I mean, what about the delete key? You may scoff, but I love the delete key…I use it all the time. And it’s different from the backspace key—they are not the same. And what about Outlook? I love Outlook. And Word. And I know there are Mac versions but will they really feel the same? And games…this is a huge worry. I love to play computer games. Not War of Witchcraft or whatever it’s called…just simple games like Diner Dash and Royal Envoy and Plants vs. Zombies. I’m amassed quite a collection over the years. But they’re all PC. And some of them *gasp* aren’t available in Mac format. What’s a girl to do????
Okay, so what do you think? Do I have it in me? Can I make the switch? Will the PC guy haunt my dreams if I do? Will Justin Long accept me into the cool club? If I buy an iMac now will Apple come out with the new version immediately after? It’s enough to make my mind spin. Maybe I’ll just buy a blue-ray player instead… but then what would I do with my old DVDs?