I'm trying to decide what to do for my next major purchase, which will probably be sometime in the next few months. I think I have it narrowed down to either a laptop to replace the Ancient and Venerable iMac (which is still going strong but can't possibly last forever) or a pair of contacts to replace my glasses that have a decade-old prescription in them. Here are the advantages for each one...
Why the computer would make more sense:
- My current one doesn't allow me to do things like download photos off my digital camera, burn CD's, or do various other things that are only compatible with OS X.
- If I had a laptop, I could get work done during the day sometimes (the school district computers block all email access except for their own district mail, which teachers in my area don't have). I could also take it in the living room here at home and do computer stuff while watching TV; right now, those two things are mutually exclusive events.
- I could keep a lot more music on my iTunes with the greater capacity of a new unit, and I could use a bunch of cool music programs like Transcribe! and the newest version of Finale.
- I just don't like the way I look in glasses anymore: I've had them since third grade, and it's time for a change. This would also minimize the crooked-ears issue and make warm/wet days less of a problem.
- I've had several friends in the past few years who ditched the glasses for contacts, and they've all gotten this new infusion of confidence afterwards. If you like how you look, others will also pick up on that. In the cases of these guys, it even helped them get new girlfriends, which is a goal of mine as well.
- I really do need a new prescription anyway, and I might as well make that big change while the opportunity is there.
- My corrective lenses are older than the computer, so the oldest thing should get replaced first, right?