Thursday, September 24, 2009

Laptop Schmaptop

I recently saw this contest ad on the papers that gives you the chance to win a brand new laptop (left) just by submitting an essay that states why you should win the laptop they’re giving away. I know I’m too old to be even joining the contest but since I am currently free-loading off my boyfriend’s computer, I thought it’d be a good chance to actually have my own. And so the letter-writing drama begins...

Why do I deserve to win the limited edition Disney Netbook? Well, for the simple reason that I have never owned a laptop/netbook before.

In the (insert age here) years of my life, I have never ever been graced the pleasure of having my own computer and this contest might just be the only chance that I have in getting one – well, that, and buying one for myself out of my own pocket which I don’t have the budget to back me up for.When I was in Grade School, my dad bought a Compaq Presario PC for the whole family and I was ecstatic! But of course that is for all of us (me plus my parents and three other siblings) so that does not count as my own. When I was in university, I had to borrow my sister’s laptop to do my homework, papers and research and it was ooooooone slooooooow coooooooow – which she still uses up to now, by the way, God bless her.

Whenever I go to parties with my friends and I take photos from my phone camera, you can count on the fact that it will take me about 3-5months before I upload the photos up on friendster or facebook since I don’t have the means to upload the photos. This is after much badgering from my friends and colleagues to “just upload it already!!!!”. Of course, I can’t always use my office PC (even though I’ve done it quite a few times -- sorry boss!).

There are days when I am expected to work from home so to do that, I have to put on my doe-eyed, pity-me look and knock on my flatmates’ doors to grant me a couple of hours with their beloved computers. That is, provided they, themselves, are not using it to update their own personal web blogs or read about the latest news and gossip. Oh, how it breaks my heart…

I am a frustrated writer-slash-blogger but I haven’t had the chance to show off my smart antics to the web world due to fact that I have limited access to a computer. In our house, which I share with 5 other people, I am the only one not paying for the internet bill since I am not using it – how can I when I do not have anything to connect to the internet with?

As I am writing this email, I am using my sister’s ever-reliable 6-year old laptop, who, thankfully, still serves its purpose one way or another. I look forward to having my pitiable state knock on the doors of your heart and hope you will consider granting me a once-in-a-lifetime Oprah moment by knocking on my door with a big smile – hopefully, with a Limited Edition Disney (insert laptop brand here) notebook at hand.

Peace,Autumn Riley

PS:I love Disney movies and cartoons since I was young, by the way! I memorize dialogues from Fairy Tales! Big – no, huge fan!

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