When I bought my first laptop computer -- a Gateway -- several years ago, I quickly abandoned using a desktop.
Oh, I kept a desktop set up for a little while. Then, I realized that I never used it. Because I really liked the laptop and used it exclusively.
Replaced the Gateway with a Dell a few years later. And a couple of years back, replaced the Dell with a MacBook.
It didn't take me long to move the laptop from the desk -- where the desktop used to be -- to its new home on a TV tray. A wooden TV tray, with folding legs.
The TV tray finally gave out this weekend. Probably because I was a little rougher on it than I should have been: frustrated because of the problems with Internet connectivity we've had lately.
Anyway, the TV tray finally gave out. Or at least, a nail gave and the lip on the side came off. Plus the legs kept giving out.
So, when I got off work this afternoon, I decided to get a new TV tray.
I knew this day was coming, and I had previously looked at K-Mart for one, since K-Mart is not as far out of the way as, say, Wal-mart. But, K-Mart didn't have what I wanted. So, tonight, I went to Wal-mart.
I looked all over for TV trays. I checked the furniture section, the TV section (maybe they considered it a TV accessory, you know?), and thought about, but didn't, check the frozen dinner section. I tweeted that I looked there, but that was just a joke.
Turns out, Wal-mart -- at least the one I stopped by -- didn't have any TV dinner trays. Not that I could find, anyway.
However, they did have something else: a Folding Laptop Table.
Imagine that! They didn't have a TV tray; they had what I wanted to use the TV tray for.
It's plastic -- a hard, molded plastic thing that has a built-in mouse pad and really sturdy legs. It ought to be able to stand up to my handling.
And it needs to. AT&T service has gone down twice during my writing this post.