I bought him a new tablet. He likes to watch tv and play on his old tablet, that has become quite tired and dysfunctional. I knew what I wanted to buy, the same as my newish tablet and the price I wanted to pay. The big blue stationary supply shed had them at a good price..........but did they actually have them? No, it seems. It was usually while I was getting around for other matters, but I tried the stores in Elsternwick, South Melbourne, Richmond, Pakenham, South Yarra, along with the city store and Harvey Norman in the city. As well as not having them, in spite of scarce staff checking at different stores, the price kept going up as the couple of weeks wore on. The last place was Richmond where I could buy the display model, for full price, but it would not be available until the next day when the tech person, who has the codes to reinstate it to original, would be available. No fanks. I suppose that is capitalism, scarcity increases the price. But I am not sure that really applies in this case.
Well screw you Australian retailers! They wonder why people turn to online to buy things.
I tried to order it online at Kogan/Dick Smith, but amazingly they were out of stock. I looked again the next day, and it was now available. Well, not the same one, a better one, for a lesser price. I ordered it and it took about ten days to arrive. I think the company realised it had run out of stock for Australia (I think it came from Hong Kong), and so transferred some French models to be available to Australians. It arrived and on the outside of the box is French writing. Do I parlez vous Francais? Non! The tablet was set to French, but it was easy to change it to British English.
I wanted it charged up and set up before I gave it to R, and here is where it all went wrong, well insofar as R may have thought I was buying a tablet for him, but it was confirmed. This takes me back to R's 50th birthday when I booked us a surprise night at the very posh Sofitel Hotel in the city. The hotel called to confirm a day or so before and R answered the phone. No surprise left. To be fair, Sofitel apologised and gave us a free bottle of good
So, I updated the operating system, the software, downloaded some apps he uses. Ahh, I can't do this thing without logging into his Google account. I did so.
As soon as I did, I heard a notification sound go off on his phone. I am so stupid!!! What he would have received would be something like this. A new device has accessed your account. If this is you, there is no need to do anything. If it is not you, please click here.
Any doubt he had about what he would receive for Christmas had gone. I suppose he was pretty confident anyway, as I think I said back in September when he was complaining about his tired tablet, 'Well, see what Santa brings you'.