Tuesday, November 04, 2008
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Deal breaker

I got a call late night yesterday from my brother-in-law because there was someone offering him a 17" MacBook Pro for a steal. He wanted me to check it out with him at a nearby coffee place.

I was about to sleep at the time but I felt a sense of duty to help him out. So I got there and saw this pristine laptop (almost never used). It was the old model MacBook Pro, of course, but it looked great. It was running OS X Tiger instead of Leopard, but that's easily remedied.

And for the price, I would have bought it if I had the money yesterday.

So it was just a matter of checking with an Apple retailer the laptop's serial number to make sure it's not stolen. It was, essentially, done deal. To invoke a metaphor, we already put our initials on the memorandum of agreement.

But when we all parted ways for the night, my brother-in-law noticed the car the seller was driving. He was driving the SUV of a person that personally wronged me in the past in a huge way. Let's just say he ranks among the persons I would not associate with, even with a hazmat suit.

That guy is dead now. Died of lung cancer and I have to say, I likewise exercised my right to withhold my sympathy and prayers for this guy. My blood still boils when I think about what he has done to me and my dad.

So of course, that alone was a deal breaker. Not even that very fine computer and that price will be enough for me (and even my brother-in-law) to help that guy's family, who are probably innocent of the shenanigans he did when he was alive. But on second thought, they are not so innocent at all, because they benefited from the fruit of this dead guy's antics.

And even if we bought that computer, it would be full of bad vibes.

And one final thought about that before I completely drop it (for I don't want to attract any more negative thoughts): Karma has a way of balancing things out. He really had what was coming when he got sick. And now that his family are disposing assets just to keep afloat, they are likewise suffering for what he had done, not only to me but to others,as he had a notorious reputation.

And for that, I am still grateful.

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