In 1993 after I graduated high school, I got my first full-time job working at Walmart. I bought my first CD player using my 10% employee discount. It had dual cassette players and a CD player. I remember my first CDs purchased were Janet Jackson's "janet" and Prince's "The Hits." I still have those CDs and enjoy listening to them.
While I was living in Arizona, my husband and I didn't really have much money, so I didn't acquire any new gadgets. We moved back to Kentucky in 1999. After he and I started working full-time, I started getting new gadgets again.
We were about 2 weeks from going on vacation in in February 2010. I was at a baby shower taking photos with my Nikon D40 and I noticed that my auto focus wasn't working properly. I had a service contract on the D40 through Best Buy. Best Buy said it would take 4 weeks to get it repaired. I nearly had a meltdown. There was NO WAY I would ever go on vacation without my camera, but not having an auto focus made it difficult to take photos of wildlife. There is lots of wildlife in Arizona (where we were going) and it hurt to imagine all of the photo opportunities I could possibly miss if I didn't have auto focus. My wonderful husband, seeing my distress, took drastic measures....
In December 2010, we noticed that our old 31" television was starting to make this high-pitched squealing noise after it had been on for a couple of hours. It was literally giving me a headache to try and watch TV. My husband and I said we wouldn't upgrade to a new flat screen until our old TV stopped working. Although it hadn't stopped working completely, the squealing noise was enough to aggravate us both into getting a new TV. So, we bought a Sony Bravia 46" LCD TV. I entered the world of HD TV and then scolded myself for waiting so long to upgrade. The picture quality is AMAZING! When we initially tried to hook-up our TV to our old surround sound (circa 2000), we quickly found a problem. Our old home theater system has no HDMI inputs or outputs. It's old school, so to speak. We knew we were going to have to get a new home theater system.
I have so many wonderful and cool tech items. I feel so very blessed to have them. I never take for granted the blessings in my life. I feel very blessed that I was able to save the money needed to purchase these things.
So, next week is my birthday. My husband was asking me what my next electronic obsession would be, and to be honest, I'm not sure. Does anyone have a suggestion?