My name is Steve. And I am an electronics addict.
Several years ago I surrendered in the electronics wars. Before then, I was what the trade calls “an early adopter.” If there was a new gadget about to be released I was at the front of the line to buy the latest toy.
Somewhere along the line, though, all of those big-screen televisions, laser disc players, DVDs, CD players, PDAs, and Blackberries lost their allure. I tied a low-tech pocket silk to my Mont Blanc fountain pen -- and left the battlefield.
Moving to Mexico helped. Electronics tended to be rare and expensive. But during the past year, market forces and middle class aspirations have made some electronic gear plentiful and affordable. A trip through the high definition television aisle in any Mexico Costco bears out the evolution.
But what I shunned in Mexico is exactly what I fell prey to in Oregon.
One of my first stops when I came up here was Fry’s Electronics. To men, Fry’s is as seductive as shoe stores are to some women. I could -- and did -- spend hours. Just looking at the new gadgets.
I made the mistake of some recovering addicts. I thought looking would not be a problem. And there was no reason that it should have mattered.
However, one item called out to me. A Z series Sony Vaio notebook. When I moved to Mexico, I took my first Z series notebook with me. You may recall how much I loved that computer. It was sleek and light. My constant companion on trips around the village.
But such love burns bright -- and brief. At the time, I lived on the beach. The wind would bring brine into the house. Sensitive electronics and salt water are a volatile mixture. Within four months I had a dead computer on my hands.
I no longer live on the beach. And Sony has produced its second generation of notebooks. Lighter. Sexier. And for a price that is almost six months of rent at my duplex.
But I gave into the siren call yesterday. I will not bore you with the specifications. Let’s just say that will meet all of my walkabout blogging needs when I get back to Mexico -- and in Red China.
Later today I head over to Bend to talk with my brother the computer expert -- to divide up some tasks between the new notebook and my old lap top.
He can also counsel me on giving in to these urges.