So my computer died this week, and my husband's coworker, who works with the computers at their company offered to take a look at it. The diagnosis was that the mother board was fried. Waaaaaa! My husband called and told me how much it would cost to fix it. I mentioned that to my son and he said, "No way! I can fix that!" And he did. It sure is nice to have at least one technologically capable family member. He said he has replaced his computer's mother board a couple of times as well as many other parts.
When he was in High school, he got straight A's, so we wanted to reward him. We have a weird system in our family of rewarding grades. We don't give allowance, but we do pay for A's. We don't pay for any other grades. We have family members who pay a certain amount for A's, a certain amount for B's, C's, D's etc. But we feel that A's take a certain amount of effort, and the other grades don't, so we only pay for A's. If they want the money, they have to put forth the effort. But straight A's gets a bonus. So for my son's bonus, we told him he could build his own computer. I took him to the store and let him pick out the parts, then he assembled his computer. He still uses that computer today, some 4 or 5 years later. I think that bonus not only was nice for him, but nice for me because he learned how computers are put together, and can now fix mine when needed! Boy I'm going to miss that when he leaves for his mission in Feb.!