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Old 01-23-2008, 05:25 PM   #21
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When I first started going out with my byf he knew I was a student and therefore poor, but I used to feel guilty whenever he paid for everything when we went anywhere. My friend pointed out he had a job, I wouldn't be a student forever and it was either that or never go anywhere! Now I have more money than him so the shoe's on the other foot. That said I would never splash out on $1000 lap-top - but as I know a few people who work with computers - many of them get discounts on new computers through work - maybe it's not as extravagant as it seems???
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Old 01-23-2008, 06:17 PM   #22
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Hmmm...everyone else said about all there is to say.

Being the computer junkie that I am, can I just say that you are ONE LUCKY GIRL!!!!!!

Gee...I never got anything THAT nice!!!!!!

Keep him, okay? Then you won't have to feel guilty later.

BTW, what kind of laptop?

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Shallow as it may seem...if you know someone well, you know how much money they make. That being said, My husband and I are doing much better financially than almost all of our friends. And I think that makes us want to be more generous. When our friends come over or go out with us, we usually foot the bill. We buy all of them Christmas presents, but we definitely don't expect the same in return. We like to do things for the people we care about, and we are fortunate enough to be able to.

Also I agree with what was said about men buying things that someone needs and also about him wanting to substitute the time you spend on his gifts for money he will spend on yours. Plus he probably couldn't pass up the good deal knowing you needed a new computer.

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That's wonderful. :D He sounds like a great guy, and so long as you have no intentions of ending the relationship, keep the laptop.

You say "all" you've given him are some hats... but you fail to remind yourself you put time and effort into those gifts, planned them out just for him. He isn't as crafty with cheaper materials like yarn, but he knows his way around a computer... This is like knitting for him... Think of it as a really shiny, hard and large hat... knit from his own materials...


haha my analogies are a bit nuts... but I hope you get the point.

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You've all made me feel soooo much better! Everyone else has said all the same things too. I'm much calmer now that I've recovered from the shock and had a moment to process all this. He is a really great guy in lots of other ways too, I like him a lot and it's been a loooong time since I've been treated this well. Maybe that's playing into my unease here.

But--I'm keeping the computer! I really do love it. He wants me to have it, he says he can't abide someone he cares about plunking away on a paperweight. I do suppose it is like we knitter resting the store-bought acrylic beanies and mittens from our loved ones and replacing them with squooshy handknits. He wears my hats EVERYWHERE (Oh yeah, he's the one I knit the "Binary Hat" for).

Sigh, I feel much better.

On to the good stuff:
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BTW, what kind of laptop?



It's a Lenovo T61 Thinkpad, which he is sure to point out is not the model or version of the model sold to "regular customers", but the one for business and industry folk and thus better, more stable, who knows.

Specs:
  • 80 Gig, 5400rpm hard drive
  • IntelLab DualCore processor with the extra cache space and speed
  • IntelCore 2 Duo T7500 processor
  • 1 gig of RAM; PC2-5300 DDR2 667MHz (wayyy beyond what I "need")
  • Intel GMA 960 w/WWAN; GMA X3100 for the graphics
  • combo DVD/CD player/burner
  • extra PC slots for upgrades, plenty of USB ports
  • 6 cell Li Ion battery
  • 15" widescreen monitor (the thing is huuuge, and yet SO much thinner and lighter than my old lappy!)
  • And he sprang for the 3 year warranty on everything!
He was really cute when he gave it to me; exactly how I feel when I give someone a present: "Open it. Can we open it? Let's open it. Here lemme show you. Look it's got this! Look it's got this! Look at your old machine, look at this one! Look it's got one of these! Wanna turn it on? Turn it on! Let's turn it on!"


It's really great. I'm running Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon). The box shipped with Vista basic loaded (which we both think is pretty useless) and he said I was not allowed to even turn it on. I either had to load XP or jump on the Linux wagon which I happily did! Love it so far!
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My fiance makes a lot more money than I do. I work in a call center and he was in the military until 6 months ago not he works at a federal prison. He has showered me in gifts of really expensive things for 3 years now. I might sound greedy but I may have felt a little bit bad the first time but it doesnt bother me at all anymore. I enjoy it (maybe even encourage it lol) But like I said we have been together for 3 years. If you don't feel comfortable with it then tell him. I would keep the laptop so you don't hurt his feelings but just casually tell him you really appreciate it but you feel bad so just stick to smaller gifts. Good luck
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