the day the gateway died

18 Feb

. . . or at least retired.

a long, hard life

the year was 2005. i arrived home to find a machine on the kitchen table, a machine foreign but enticing. i couldn’t resist its pull, especially with a pre-loaded screensaver flashing my name and a note from dear dad. he bought me a gateway.

remember 2005? when to the average east tennessean an apple was a shiny red piece of fruit and mac was a makeup brand you might could buy in the big city. no one in my corner of the world wanted more than a working pc for college. and that’s what i got.

we had some good times. 3 years of college and hundreds of pictures stored on one beautiful hard drive. i know it was beautiful because i saw it, when the black-tied member of the geek squad handed it to me in a plastic bag with a “sorry sucker” look on his face. crashed. exam week. i had it coming.

the new and improved gateway (she had some work done . . . but don’t tell anyone), stuck it out for almost 2 more years, struggling through sickness & health, to a ripe old age. i tried to respect her maturity, not rushing her through her half-hour waking up routine or the times when the work was so hard she just fell asleep on the spot, taking a 10 minute nap before coming back to life. i understood that weight of a long life and tried to learn from her wisdom.

i learned patience. and i practiced that patience. waiting for the right time, the right way to tell her it was time. time to lay down the anti-virus software and call it a day. i hope she isn’t intimidated by the young whippersnapper – although this new girl is very chic and trendy.

i owe a lot to my trusty, err, long-suffering gateway. may she have a long and happy retirement.

8 Responses to “the day the gateway died”

  1. RH February 18, 2010 at 4:25 am #

    You make me smile! Surprising you with that laptop and then the Civic were two of the most fun events of my adult life.

  2. emily February 18, 2010 at 4:44 am #

    I too loved the day you got your civic, since it made the trusty focus mine! Ah new things, such sweet times. What a beautiful eulogy :)

  3. Katie B. February 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    That. Was. Beautiful. The best eulogy I’ve ever seen.

  4. Lacy February 19, 2010 at 12:56 am #

    I saw Elizabeth at the apple store when I was there Tues and she told me it had arrived! An official welcome to the club, seeing as you’ve kind of been cheating over the past couple of years with the marriage card.

  5. Chris February 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm #


  6. Vanderbilt Wife February 22, 2010 at 2:28 am #

    I’m glad it had a happier life than our Gateway laptop, whose motherboard fried approximately 10 days after our ONE YEAR warranty ran out.

    Dear Gateway, if you find this, I hate your guts.

    A Happy Mac Owner


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