I love her. I want to buy her a new computer. Does that compute?
A month from now, she'll be earning as much as I. Actually a bit more, pre-tax. But of course she's starting pretty much from scratch. No computer - her dad threw away the one I gave her - and no car to come visit.
I think I should give her one of my old computers instead, actually. That's more work, but a lot cheaper than a new one. And it doesn't look like I'm crazy.
That tends to be one of the first thoughts that come to me about friends, that I should give them something. I love my friends. I generally think about what I could do for my friends, not what they could do for me. So if we are close enough that I think it wouldn't offend them, I tend to buy something for them. So much the better if it's something useful. Clothes is always a favorite, especially for the girls. Or electronics, which are also popular among males. (Men are more sceptical, so I can for instance sell them something barely used, for a cheap price. Or let them borrow it forever. That way their pride isn't hurt.)
So buying a new computer because my very best friend ever needs one, is not as crazy as it may look. It's just the kind of guy I am. It's just the magnitude that is a bit over the top.
You know, if Sid Meier & co had released a graphically updated version of the game "Covert Action" this summer, it would have sold really well by now. But the only version is like EGA or some such, from the 80es sometime. It is a wonderful game in which you stop various international terrorist groups by wiretapping, decrypting, tracing, car chasing, break-ins etc. Despite its simplicity (by current standards) I used to play it for years. But on modern computers, it runs way way way too fast. Best played on an IBM AT or compatible ...