A good friend suggested I blog about a funny thing that happened to me and she was right.
Those that know me know that my birthday was on the 19th and the only thing on my list was a laptop. As love would have it, my wife okayed me to get one. It’s a great little laptop, a Dell Inspiron 1525, and in the almost three weeks I’ve had it, I’ve grown to love it to death. It’s great! Except for one thing.
And this is what my wallpaper looks like.
My choices on Craigslist were limited as I had X-amount to spend and most available were over that. I found five that met my needs, emailed the owners and in three days only one returned my query. The choice was obvious so a selection was made. Again, I love it except for that damned cover.
Replacement covers were out of my price range so I decided on a laptop skin. I can replace anything in a laptop. I’ve stripped many laptops down and rebuilt them so that wouldn’t have been a problem. My wife, God love her, didn’t fully understand why I wanted something other than the cover I have. Allow me to explain.
In May I’ll be going to WerewolfCon and I didn’t think I or Dog World would be taken seriously if I showed up with a pink laptop. I wrote a blood and guts, military based werewolf novel and a pink laptop in my hands made me a little wary. Yes, I knew the color and went ahead anyway. Still, come on, it’s pink! Or fuchsia or magenta or whatever. End of the day, it’s not…manly.
I know I’m going to get flak over that remark, saying I’m sexist, but what’s life without a little controversy. Dear Tabitha and I had a little discussion that went like this:
Tab: So, what’s wrong with it?
Me: It’s pink. I mean, look at it. It’s pink.”
Tab: No it’s not. It’s magenta.”
Me: Magenta. Pink. Whatever. It’s girlie.
Tab. Do you like it?
Me: F*ck yeah, I like it. *I clutched it like a child at this point.*
Tab: Then what’s the problem?
Me: Pink! It’s so girlie, sweetie.
Tab: You have two girls, one of whom is super girlie. Just say that they bought it for you.
Me: That’d be lying, be bad for karma, and it still wouldn’t change the pink color.
Tab: Then buy a new cover.
Me: At $50 a pop?
Tab: Good point. Then buy a laptop skin.
Me: Okay. Hopefully they’ll have something a bit more manly looking.
Tab: You are such a guy.
Me: You should be happy about that.
Tab: You’d think so, wouldn’t you? *she gave me a wink on that one*
That’s par for the course in discussions I think.
Well I went into search mode and picked out a skin. My friend and fellow author, Janet Sked, sent me an Amazon gift card for my birthday and I ordered one straight away. This is what I ordered:
I was stoked to get it. It was coming from Janet’s current homeland, the United Kingdom, so it took two weeks to arrive. When it did, I was barely able to contain myself as I carefully cut open the packaging. My hands shook as I pulled out the skin and excitement gave way to a great big WTF expression. This is what I received:
Enclosed was a packing order, calling for a werewolf skin to be sent. Irony seems to have it out for me. Tab laughed and I looked embarrassed. Good new is Janet has a new butterfly skin coming to her and the seller is sending me a new one. Let’s hope that this time it’s at least a fairy. Those little buggers can be mean.