|MacBook Air battery had to be done immediately|
I have always brought work on vacation.
The habit started in college during my freshman year, when I flew home for the first winter break with the suitcase half-filled with books. My school was on the semester system, which pushed final exams to January.
High-school friends whose colleges were on the quarter system had already completed their finals and had a more fun-filled vacation than I did.
Having cracked open the books on only a couple of occasions that first Christmas, I learned something useful: only bring work that I was absolutely sure
I would spend time on. Leave behind anything that could possibly wait.
Speaking of things that couldn't wait, the replacement laptop battery failed disappointingly after one year (the expectation was three
). I gave a moment's thought about trying to wangle a free or discounted replacement from the manufacturer, then opted for the speed and simplicity of ordering another one for $45. It arrived the day before departure, when there were a dozen more important things left to do.
And so it was that I spent my first night in Hawaii taking apart the 2014 MacBook Air, putting in the new battery, and screwing it back to together. The battery could run the computer for four hours, and we're good for another year.
Another lesson: getting it done sooner makes for a happier trip