It’s no secret that MacGyver is addicted to Craigslist. In fact, the last time we went down to our house in Venice, I put on the documentary Craigslist Joe, which he rudely scoffed at. Yet still, it’s the only documentary he has ever watched in its entirety. I’m pretty sure he even made me pause it a few times when he had to visit the restroom although he might deny it, but I digress, the point is, MacGyver is addicted to Craigslist.
He checks it at least 3 times daily. He checks in the morning, he checks after work, and he checks once again right before bed. Finding the best deal is like a drug to MacGyver and he loves it. I’m pretty sure he also needs it or he’ll go into immediate withdrawal.
Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on my mood, MacGyver checks craigslist from the laptop on his desk located in the den. He doesn’t unplug his laptop because that involves too much ‘moving of the things’ and so, at least 3 times a day MacGyver goes missing.
Since MacGyver is always perusing Craigslist for the best deals, I had what I thought was a brilliant idea. I bought MacGyver an iPad Mini for Christmas and I was so excited about it that I could hardly wait until he opened it on Christmas morning. Much to my delight, he loved it.
Within only a few hours of powering the iPad up, the Kid and I were showing him how to use FaceTime, which he only mildly enjoyed. MacGyver isn’t a fan of cameras that point anywhere in his general direction so there’s that. Anyhow, we downloaded some apps and the Kid gave him a brief tutorial so that by Christmas evening, MacGyver was an iPad using fool. It made my heart smile.
Isn’t it amazing how quickly things go south?
It didn’t take long.
Just 24 hours after I gave him his gift, he turned to me and said, “Do you think we could use a pirate ship?” To which I replied, “Absolutely Not.” He made a disapproving sound and went back to searching. And now I’m a little leery that he might just come home with a pirate ship and God only knows where we would put it.
It’s not just the ‘buy all the things that seem to be a good bargain’ thing that bothers me. He also stays on that damn thing from the very minute he walks in the door until bedtime. And just this morning, I woke up at 5:45AM and the usual snoring was absent. I went out to the hall and noticed the bathroom light on. I didn’t think much about it until 40 minutes later when he was still in there.
So, I gently knocked on door, “Hey, are you okay in there?” And MacGyver said, “Oh, I didn’t know you were up, I’ll be out in a second.” And sure enough, he walked out about a half a minute later, WITH THE iPad IN HIS HAND!
I’ve created a monster.
In other news, I finished up my year with a 9 mile run this morning which felt ah-mazing. And now, we are getting ready to hit the road. We ring in the New Year from our Cabin in Holopaw. So, I’ll see y’all in 2015!
Have a safe and Happy New Year my friends!
What are you doing to celebrate the New Year?
Do you or anyone you know use craigslist excessively? (I’m looking into self-help programs for MacGyver.)