Nothing much happened today. I’m starting to realize the magnitude of the task I’ve set out to do. As I logged into WinAtlanta.com this morning, it suddenly hit me that I need 2,300,000 points. And right now I have about 21,000 points. So, that’s only 2,279,000 points to go.
I figure there’s a few ways I could go about this. Every day when I log in, I get points, starting at 25 and increasing by one point each day until I hit 100. So if I assume that every day I get 100 points, it will take me 22,790 days to get the rest of the points. No biggie. That’s only 62 and a half years. I just hope I live long enough to do that. And besides, by the time I get enough points to get my iPod, they won’t exist anymore.
On the other hand, I get 2,000 points for each person I refer to the site. That means I only have to refer 1,140 people to get it. While I could go about making thousands of fake email addresses to refer to the site, I might crash the Hotmail servers by the sheer enormosity of the project. It’d cost Hotmail thousands of dollars to get new servers to cope with the increased strain from all the thousands of email addresses that get made, receive one email, and then just sit there. Heh. No wonder they cancel your account after 30 or 60 days or something.
Alas, it seems the only way to rack up points is to buy stuff, something which I had been trying to avoid. You can make thousands of points for each dollar you spend, but what’s the point of that? Spend money on stuff you don’t need to get a free iPod that you can say you “didn’t have to pay for?” The problem is that you did pay for it, you just did it indirectly so that more companies could get their money-grubbing hands all over your wallet. It seems that’s that way the world works these days, although no one likes to admit it.
I originally checked out another site that was giving away iPods that other people had also made sites for in order to get people their referrals. They had sites called “congo lines” that had a person at the top of the line that people would click on to sign up. That person would get your referral and you would go to the bottom of the list. The only problem is that I had no clue just how long that list went. It was likely thousands of names long. I could have done it the old-fashioned way and just signed up without joining the congo line, which I did, but then I found out that I had to complete an offer. This usually included some free trial offer or some easy thirty day payment to sell your soul to the mass commercial conglomerates, which I wasn’t fond of doing. I read on a website that one of the offers just required you to sign up for an offer, and then you could cancel right away. It sounded good, so I went to do that, but there was a catch. You had to put in your credit card information. That would be easy to do if I had a credit card.
I told myself once that I would never get a credit card. People always tell stories about how they maxed out their credit card and went into major debt because they were irresponsible, and so they cut up their card so they would never use it again. I figured that sounded good. Debt is bad, money is good, right? Too bad all these stores are getting you to shop online to get your stuff, and shopping online requires a credit card. Visa and Mastercard managers must be constantly intoxicated from all the parties they have for “increasing sales by 400% in the last two hours.” So much stuff requires a credit card, and I can’t get one. Shopping online would be the only reason I would get one at all. I could always ask my dad for his, but I’d be seeing pigs flying outside my window before he’d give that to me.
So here’s my situation: I either sell myself into slavery to a website for 50-60 years, spend money to get something free, or just go out and buy a freakin’ iPod. I’m starting to really consider the latter-most option. So, going with that option, here are my new choices.
iPod: This regular, standard iPod is the first one that Apple came out with (although it’s in its third generation). It comes with 20Gb, space for about 5,000 songs, and costs $379 Canadian. That’s much more than enough for all my songs – right now I have about 550 songs on my computer.
iPod Mini: The iPod Mini is slightly smaller than the original iPod, hence the name “Mini.” The 6Gb model will hold 1,500 songs and costs $319, while the 4Gb will hold 1,000 and costs $249. The 4Gb model would still hold twice the number of songs I have on my computer now. Interesting…
Regular Ol’ Mp3 Player: The regular Joe Mp3 players out there don’t look as shnazzy as an iPod, nor can you say “Hey man, I’m cool; I have an iPod,” but they still work. Right now I’m looking at the Creative Labs MuVo TX FM, either the 256Mb or the 512Mb version. The 256Mb version is $119.99 at Future Shop, and the 512Mb is $159.99. Both are reasonably priced, and it looks quite good – both the specs and the actual style. They will give me 4 or 8 hours of music, respectively, which is about 50 or 100 songs. That’s not bad, and the fact that I’m not likely to listen to thousands of songs in a row ensures that I’ll likely be satisfied with the amount of songs it allows.
MiniDisc Player: The last option I have is to get a MiniDisc Player. It offers basically the same options as an Mp3 player, but it allows me to get several discs, between which I can switch. At $109.95, the Net MiniDisc Walkman definitely is the most affordable option, with the discs not being too much more of an expense either (a 5-pack is $25). The only thing I don’t see on the MiniDisc player that I’d want would be a shuffle or random option. That’s an important feature to have for me. I hate CDs that I listen to a lot, because then when I hear one of the songs on the CD, I’ll immediately start singing the next one when that song ends. With a shuffle feature, I never get used to hearing the next song in my mind, because I never know which song is next. It just makes things fresh and new instead of being repetitive.
Anyways, those are my options, and I’m looking at the last two the most carefully. I’ll have to head over to Future Shop or Staples sometime this week and check out the Mp3 Players and MiniDisc Players they have, then make my decision. Money’s not my main concern, since I’ve saved up almost all the money I made from my job at Quizno’s. I’m still a penny-pincher, but I don’t mind shelling money for something I really want; I also don’t mind paying a bit extra for some additional features I’d like. But anyways, we’ll see where it goes. As for now, I think I’m just going to give up on the iPod offer. Unless I’m wanting to get a credit card, it’s just not going to work. ‘Tis a shame, really. Or perhaps a sham. Whatever.