My Precious

Recently, I received a welcome promotion at the ol’ day job.  Shortly thereafter, the following dramatized, condensed conversation between me and my wonderful, beautiful, understanding wife took place:

Miranda looked at me with big eyes and said, “Congratulations, Brian!  You’re awesome!”

WELCOME TO Microsoft®
WELCOME TO Microsoft® (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Twirling my equally awesome, albeit imaginary, mustache, I replied, “Yes, I know.”

“It’s not every day you get a promotion.  We should get you something special.”

My ears perked up.  I made an inquisitive sound akin to Scooby Doo.

“What would you like?”

Ah ha!  This was my opportunity to take one for the team.  I could ask for something that would benefit the entire family, but what?  A nice vacation to somewhere the kids wanted to go?  A night on the town with my lovely better half?  Perhaps something for the house? 

Having actually thought of none of that, I cautiously replied, “A Surface Pro 2?”

“Are you sure?”

Here was my chance at redemption.  “Yes?”

Dammit.  I forged on, “Then, I could be more productive while still spending quality time with the family, like being able to draw while we relax in front of the TV or taking it with us when we go camping.”  Yes, I could work more and pay attention to my family less, even on vacation!

“OK.  Which model?”

Which model?  My wife knows there are multiple models!

“One of the 8GB (RAM) models would perform better than one of the 4GB models.  I’ve been watching them on eBay for awhile, and it looks like most of them are going in the $600-$800 range.”
And by $600-$800, I meant more like $650-$1000.

“If we’re going to spend that much money, you should get it new with a  warranty.”

She clicked away at her keyboard.

“Amazon has the 8GB/256GB version new for $865.  We can get it from there when our income tax refund comes in.”

Much squealing and jumping around like a 12-year-old girl at a Bieber concert ensued.  My wife rolled her eyes and walked away.

Not only did I get the Surface Pro 2 (which had dropped to $749 by the time we got our refund), but the missus also let me get the Type Cover 2, a Bamboo Feel Stylus, a SmudgeGuard 2, and a Manvex leather case.  Although “let” might be a strong word as she didn’t technically know about all of those before I bought them.  Did I mention how wonderful, beautiful, and understanding she is?

In a future post, I’ll break in the new Surface Pro 2 and talk about some of the accessories.  I’ll also do a comparison between the Pro 2 and the Pro 3 (which I have at work) from an artist’s perspective.  It’s going to be great.  If you have any questions, please throw them in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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