Cool Women over 50: Sadhvi & her new Mac loves everyone and everything!


Being a woman over 50, I find that I can take a lot because I like routine and dislike change in my life.  Take my computer for instance: while my husband and many friends (even my Mom!) have Mac’s, I got a free pc years ago and it’s been fine.  Fine because my monitor is a Sony, my keyboard is ergonomically designed for my comfort level, and my genius trouble-shooter husband has made so many upgrades and improvements to it over the years, including keeping the much-needed virus protection up to date, that I am never really aware of any problems – only he is, and that’s Ok.

Sadhvi's new mini Mac

But all that changed last week when I couldn’t get to my email (I used Microsoft Outlook 2007), and I was not able to access the Internet.  I’ve never been addicted to crack or cocaine to experience “cold turkey”, but I imagine that’s what I experienced during those couple of (long) days without a computer: I paced, sweated, and felt very restless – I was desperate to check my email and yes, even Facebook!

After spending many hours on the phone with my server, they said I should just contact Microsoft, which I did.  Microsoft then said my problems were because I needed to upgrade to their new Outlook 2010 email program and then everything would be fine.  Well, I didn’t want to do that because I didn’t feel like that was the problem!  My husband contacted the guys that he has when he can’t find a solution, and they said “oh yeah, it’s a brand new virus, and we would have to install this new anti-virus program, and it would cost around $250 and we could pick it up in 7-10 days”.  I grabbed the phone from him and asked if I couldn’t get it fixed sooner?  The man said if I paid an extra $50 he could move me to the top of the list.  That did it!  I thanked him and said I was going to apply that $300 toward my new Mac, and never have to bother him again.  And guess what?  I still have my wonderful Sony monitor and familiar keyboard, but now, my little miniMac is doing its thing, and life is so much better.  In fact, I think it’s the best thing I have ever done in regards to anything to do with computers.  I thought there would be a big learning curve, but there has been none.  If anything, it’s pure pleasure. The only thing I have to learn is how to get over being amazed at the speed of everything: Zip! Zip! Zip!

Dealing with change?  Oh, I guess I won’t be having to waste any more time dealing with viruses, because there aren’t any with Mac’s.  But that is a change I can get used to.  So, in case you are wondering or wavering about making the change: don’t!

Oh wait a minute, there is one thing that I do notice: that everything else seems to go slower…like water coming from my faucet, or like the time it takes for me to physically walk to my mailbox.  But again, I figure I will just have to get used to that.  So, thank you Mac, thank you Apple, thank you Steve Jobs, thank you beloved husband, thanks to everyone that is responsible for having an alternative to the pc.

P.S. To all my friends and family who don’t have a Mac, don’t worry, I won’t become a born-again Apple person like some people I know because it won’t become my religion; I’ll just be a happier person in general spreading love and kindness to everyone I meet because I won’t be dealing with computer viruses any longer!

Thank you Steve Jobs!

About Sadhvi

Sadhvi's trying to find the balance in life over 50 without having any surgery, taking any pills, or killing anyone. She doesn't want to look or feel the way she felt when she was 20 or 30. Trusting that everything is really OK unless you think about it helps her make it through each day. Also realizing that nothing can be done, and, that nothing matters really helps. Gardening (and weeding), poppies and flowers, painting on things, baking, and sharing on Oops50 helps to make it all right too.

10 thoughts on “Cool Women over 50: Sadhvi & her new Mac loves everyone and everything!

  1. Hey Sadhvi…

    I really love reading your posts… did I ever tell you that? No, then I’m telling you now!
    Howdy to Sakshi…
    Love you.

  2. melinda! omg! i see the light! seriously, why didn’t you hit me over the head with a frying pan and make me go get me a mac sooner? i read sakshi your comment and he just chuckled. frankly, i think he likes me more now that i am in the mac fold!

  3. welcome to the fold–we’ve been waiting for you for a looooong time! congrats on your new best friend. may you have a long and trouble-free life together.

  4. I just love you for the emotions you share about all of the “ordinary” things in our lives: the food, the plants, the poetry, and yes our computers. keep on sharing.

  5. do i really love the new mac? well, i guess not. but i really like that i won’t have to deal with any more viruses – ever.
    and, that i won’t have to deal with any of the company’s that i had to speak to in order to find out that they knew NOTHING about my problem; they just wanted to direct me to BUY some new anit-virus software, and WAIT until they had time (since so many other pc user’s had the same problem). so do i love my new mac. frankly, it’s not love, but it’s as close to it that i am gonna feel with a computer! oh, and like i said…the SPEED of my computer is something that is akin to flying, so i definitely like that.

  6. My daughter bought a Mac and loves it. Hmmmm….do u really love it?
    My first computer was a Mac.

  7. Hi Cindy,
    Love might be too strong of a word, but really, I am happy. Do I think I would ever go back to a pc? Now that would be impossible. Why? Speed. Speed. Speed. Intelligent design. Intelligent tech support people. Like I said, I don’t want this smart purchase to make me into a born-again Apple girl, so don’t keep asking me if I love it, Ok?

  8. When I bought my laptop last year, I was tempted to buy a MAC but honestly, I didn’t have the extra $500. I’m using windows 7 and it’s not bad. Maybe my NEXT computer will be a MAC. I do use the iphone and love it,but honestly, next is the ipad.

  9. Thanks for connecting Lisa. I guess I always thought Macs were more expensive too, which was one of the main reasons I never got one, but honestly, after spending hundreds last year alone on the anti-virus software, and the time lost due to my computer not working right…well, I have a feeling Macs are not more costly.
    Time will tell, but I am not looking back…

  10. My brother turned our whole family on to Mac’s in the late 80s… when he died in 93… it was scary to lose the computer expert…. but he is still with us in the machines… This was a wonderful piece and I could indeed feel your pleasure. Macs are more expensive… but you will be amazed with what can be done on the machine that helps you express yourself. You can’t grow your garden… but you can easily collage the growing greens you cherish with those of us who love reading you.

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