June 26, 2005

Men Vs. Women

My husband is of the men where bigger is better and faster is better and more whistles and bells are better. I am not.

For instance, I buy a car and I say, ‘I need two things, air conditioning and a radio with cassette.’ Period. To me a car is a functional tool. It gets me from point A to point B and if it can get me there at 50 mpg, I’m even happier. I’m all about fuel efficiency. Oh and I’m all about reliability. I scour Consumer Reports before I get a new car; a trait learned from The Great Omnipotent One.

If you were to look at my new mini-van, however, you would see my husband written all over it. Yeah, it pisses me off to no end at times, but it’s not a battle I pick anymore. When we no longer have kids at home, I’ll get my little car that gets 100 mpg and tell him under no uncertain terms what he can do with his opinions. Until then, since my vehicle is the family vehicle, I have power doors, power locks, power windows… all of which are completely wasted on me as I just assume they all be manual. I have power steering and nice seats and trim. It is what it is.

So you can just imagine what Christmas is like. It cracks me up. His vision of what I need and my vision of what I need, are NEVER on the same plane. However, since it is the thought and I know he loves me, I am always appreciative and extremely touched that he even thought about me and I thank him profusely. I still have my first Christmas gift from our first married Christmas 14 years ago, of a cashmere sweater when all I really wanted were jumper cables. I wouldn’t have kept it if it didn’t mean so much to me that I got both jumper cables AND a beautiful cashmere sweater.

This Christmas, I think we weren’t supposed to exchange gifts. As a matter of fact, I know we weren’t supposed to as we were having a tough time financially with the hurricanes. But I did buy him something because I knew damn well he wouldn’t adhere to our ‘no gift exchange’ policy and he in turn… bought me what he thought I needed… a cordless keyboard and mouse… for my computer.

They sat next to my desk until yesterday. The thought of crawling under our computer desk and setting all this crap up was daunting to me… people don’t understand. I do computer maintenance because I HAVE to. I do blog maintenance because it MUST be done. But I hate all of it. I just want to write. That’s all.

So yesterday I had my computer tech support guy at the house as I was getting wireless set up. I said, “Hey, look, while you’re here, let’s set up this keyboard and mouse. We’re under there anyway…” And we did.

What a frickin’ disaster. I upgraded my anti-viral software last week to Norton 2005. That in itself was a complete jerk around and pissed me off. I don’t know what those bozos were thinking, but trust me, they didn’t make it easy. My computer guy confirmed that 2005 has been giving many of his customers a real problem. And of course when you go to Norton’s website, they tell you that it’ll take 3-4 days for them to e-mail you back and their phone lines are busy and only open from M-F, 9-5. Jerks.

I get it up and running after jerking around with it for a few hours. Flash forward to yesterday when we install my keyboard and mouse. The software for the keyboard and the mouse and my anti-viral software did NOT like each other at all… and we frickin’ crashed my system.

After an hour we got them to play nice with each other. Meanwhile, I’m kind of hating the mouse. It’s rechargeable and if the batteries go dead… you’re mouseless. I’m keeping my old mouse hooked in just in case.

Seriously, what a pain in the ass. I was completely content with the old fashioned piece of crap keyboard and mouse that came with my system. They worked. Fine.

But I’m saying nothing to him. I’m telling him I am appreciative because I know that he’s trying to think of things that make my life easier… as he knows… all I want to do is write.

And no, he does not read my blog.

Posted by Boudicca at June 26, 2005 09:16 PM

Haha, I'm so sorry!

I am a gadgets girl! The more gadgets the better!

Posted by: Sissy at June 26, 2005 10:06 PM

Yeah, I'm all about the gadgets.

Posted by: Graumagus at June 26, 2005 10:57 PM

I'm not. As we speak, I'm shutting down my system to hit the rack and I have to make sure I put my damn mouse in it's recharger so I have a mouse in the morning.

I officially have a high maintenance computer... as if it were not high maintenance enough. Bah!

Posted by: Bou at June 26, 2005 11:56 PM

{snicker snicker} I am a computer weinie and refuse to go wireless for the keyboard and mouse. Nope, not gonna happen. Wireless network so I can take my laptop outside? Yep, wireless mouse and keyboard so my kids can run off with them and screw up my computer? Nope. ;-)

Posted by: vw bug at June 27, 2005 07:11 AM

I love my cordless keyboard and Mouse... They rock!

Posted by: Contagion at June 27, 2005 08:23 AM

I am so a gadget girl!

I usually wait until it's been out a year and then get it because it's much further advanced by then.

Hubby likes the stone age type of stuff, our Dish and Tevo just confuses the hell out of him.

We lose our free internet connection next year when I get out of school (free dial-up) so we will need to look at getting something and I am already thinking of skipping the broadband and going right to wireless connections. Hubby will fight for the free connection through the library (2 hours free dial-up each day for each person in the house).

Posted by: Machelle at June 27, 2005 09:20 AM

I am so hating this cordless mouse right now, it's not even funny. I hate it.

Posted by: Bou at June 27, 2005 09:44 AM

Oh! And I thought it was just my husband that "helped" like that. I *hate* changing things that work perfectly well for things that are supposed to be sooooo much better. Hate. Anyway, I hope you make friends with your keyboard and mouse sooner than later....

Posted by: Richmond at June 27, 2005 10:55 AM

"the bigger the better".

This explains so much.

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at June 27, 2005 02:36 PM