Today was laptop auction day at the office. The IT people gather up our old laptops, label them and ask us to bid for the ones we want.
I didn’t really want to get one cos I don’t really need one. But when I went into the room, one caught my eyes.
It had a shimmery cover. And it was a Panasonic Toughbook–something I had wanted to get cos I heard it’s lightweight. Perfect for travel blogging (my fingers still too big for phone blogging)
What I noticed was that the paper with a big 886 was actually switched to another one. So strange, and I assumed someone wanted to sabotage the bidding for this.
I came back after lunch to check out the bidding war. There was only one lady who put the minimum $30 bid.
I decided to wait till the last few minutes before I bid.
The clock ticked (digitally) and I eagerly scanned the other bids. Some were already up till the hundred (crazy people). And I decided to put in my bid.
The first bidder had put in an extra 50 cents. How cute, so I put in another 50 cents.
Not so slowly, our bidding was joined by others who plonked down more increases.
There was a frenzy as our department was busy with yells about bids. It was quite scary and very crazy.
When I saw the bids go up to the $50s, I thought that I ought to stop. I wanted it at $50, nothing more.
But then Blue put in an extra dollar, followed by the first bidder–Red. Green came in and added more.
I am Pink and the bid I put in was for fun only and that it would be my last bid.
But later I saw Red’s bid again, and thought I lost. I even clapped for her and the other winners.
But, suddenly I heard someone say that the bidding stops at 15.00.00. Anything after did not count.
I didn’t quite believed it since it was only a second difference. But…turns out, I was the winner.
So I paid for the computer and brought her to my desk. I told my colleague about my device naming habit and she suggested Michelle, and that the song had French words.
I looked at the computer and felt that she should be a Michelle.
So let’s all welcome Michelle.