22 Inches of Pure Happiness
November 26, 2006

It's been a busy four day weekend for me, as it has been for a lot of people in the U.S. Luncheon with the not-in-laws on Thursday ... a nice time of playing trivial pursuit ... a quick bite for dinner ... and then home to watch a video or two. I went to bed early as there was ONE thing I wanted to get during the insane shopping period called Black Friday.

Yeah ... I did.

You see, I adore my laptop beyond belief. It's a bit old now, a 2003 model, but it's a 17" PowerBook G4 and I love it. Since it's my only computer and I do a lot of graphics work, I really prefer to have a big screen so I can see my graphics ... and still have a little bit of room for the tools.

But Best Buy was offering a Westinghouse 22" LCD monitor for $200 on Friday morning. It's a $500 monitor there usually. And, well ... I get tech envy easily. All I could think of was ... ooooooooooooo, think how big I can make the artboard in Illustrator!

I set the alarm for 3:30, but just happened to wake up around 2:45 ... I tried to make myself go back to sleep, but no dice. So, I trucked on down to Best Buy, which was due to open at 5 a.m.

No traffic. This is a good sign. I figured I might have a chance at getting my delightful new monitor. I tried not to get my hopes up too high, and sure enough, when I rounded the final corner, I just about drove back home. I was sure I would never get my monitor. Here it was, 3:50 in the morning ... and there was already a line past Best Buy, and past the next TEN freaking strip mall stores. With a heavy heart, I joined the futility of the line anyway.

Long story short ... I got the last of the 22" monitors and I am just beside myself with joy. Now, when I need to run Illustrator, I take the laptop to my home office, plug it in ... suddenly i have a dual screen. 22" of pure happiness on the left side ... 17" of pure laptop happiness on the right side.

And, in honour of the happy new monitor, I finished one character for an animation I'm doing for a friend. Here is Kirby, in all his Westie glory:

Now I just have to finish the motorcycle, the character of my friend and a good background and I can begin actually animating the thing. comments/exciting.gif

Posted by Red Monkey at November 26, 2006 3:58 PM | Sketches | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


J Phill said:

That's awesome man! I definitely underestimated the amount of people that would be ready for Best Buys 5am opening. I got there at about 4:50, and the line was just way too long that I would have no chance at getting any of the specials.

So though I walked away empty handed, it was quite the experience. Never thought it would be like that!.

November 26, 2006 8:37 PM


Peety said:

Wow.. Congrats, on your new screen...


November 27, 2006 1:10 AM


mike said:

I remember that day like ...um...it was last Friday. The unbridled joy and passion that you shared in the sb was indeed touching and we all couldn't have been happier for you...unless of course it had been a bottle of rum instead.


November 27, 2006 6:06 AM


patty said:

Its Click N Comment
Have a Blessed Day

November 27, 2006 12:54 PM


MsDemmie said:

Well done you ............. Enjoy !

November 27, 2006 3:09 PM


Templar said:

The Westie is soooo cute...good job...cant wait to see the bike.

November 27, 2006 7:45 PM


blueyes said:

I couldn't have done it lol Most of the stores had those same sales on their websites too I found out. Wal-mart ended up crashing as well as Amazon.

November 28, 2006 9:57 AM


angie said:

YOU..are crazy! :)

Cool on the monitor, though. That is sooo like you.

November 28, 2006 10:13 PM
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