it’s my turn

sa wakas, makakapag trabaho din.

this pandemic has forced a lot of people to work from home, myself included. since my workplace is in lockdown, i can’t get to the stuff i need. kaya ginawan na lang ng paraan.

i bought a second-hand desktop PC. mga pinag-lumaan ng mga opisina somewhere.

i find it weird that i now somehow inherited something my father did before. he would always buy second hand stuff. as a kid, i would think this is foolishness and a waste of money. “bakit bibili ng second-hand eh may murang bago naman? hanggang kailan naman tatagal yang 2nd hand TV naten? tapos papalitan lang ulit ng second hand ulit? gagastos lang nang gagastos. eh kung brand new, magtatagal naman kahit mahal.”

he never did explain why he bought second-hand/surplus/refurbished stuff. now i’m older, i found some justification why:

1. for the environment. we have this throw-away culture perpetuated by cheap electronics. things are easier to replace than to repair nowadays, specially at the rate gadgets depreciate. buying second-hand helps lengthen the life of old but still usable gadgets and electronics.

2. for education. if it’s something you can upgrade, browse the web for information how you can. if something’s busted, you don’t throw it away immediately. you find out what’s wrong. scour the forums of the internet to find solutions. try to fix it yourself. or

3. for charity. if you can’t fix it, you find someone who can. you give that person a livelihood by  having him repair your electronics. if you can’t afford the repair, sell it to him and he might find a buyer who can. you don’t have it fixed because you *need* to but because you want to help out a person and he keeps his dignity.

so far, so good sa computer ko even with a used (and abused) keyboard. i upgraded the memory and hard drive. i have this sense of accomplishment that 1. i learned something new (again) and updated myself with tech knowledge; 2. i helped my fellow man during this pandemic earn some cash; and 3. i can finally work! legit work! (albeit on the night shift. *sigh*) or maybe not… hold that thought.

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