… and I’m not the least bit excited about that. I keep asking myself, what’s wrong with this picture? After 2 years of anxiously waiting (ok maybe only 1- 3/4 years of anxiously waiting as my waning enthusiasm creeped in about then) I found it profound that when my anticipated date changed from Dec 7 to Nov 29, I did not excitedly run down the stairs and gleefully exclaim to hubby, “My Glowforge will be shipping soon!” Instead I silently thought to myself, “Wow! A bunch of people must be bailing (cancelling) for my order to suddenly jump ahead two weeks!”
I tend to overthink things ( according to those close to me — personally, I think each project/life event takes however much thinking it is due) so maybe my lukewarm response to the impending ‘golden email’ has nothing to do with sixth sense concerns and more to do with the reality that the estimated air filter email date simultaneously moved out a month. Since my GF is a paperweight until the air filter materializes (if it ever does), the fact the GF email date moved up is immaterial. I can’t accept shipment of the GF until the air filter ships.
But I can’t get past the fact that I’m just not as excited as I was two+ years ago. Surely, if I’ve lived without it this long, it’s not a necessity. And the missing functionality bothers me. I understand that people that have never used or owned a laser cutter before may be excited by its capabilities. But as someone who’s had a laser cutter before — and who purchased this one due to its promised features — I’m frustrated that after a two+ year wait, this one will do what other laser cutters do with the same 30 step work-around.
So yeah, there’s my thought process on the eve of my golden email. Not exactly what I envisioned over two years ago when I breathlessly clicked the buy now button and entered my credit card number.
I’m sure the cheerleaders will be along to skewer me shortly. And to remind me that I can cancel m order and get my money back. I know. And it’s still a viable option. I haven’t ruled it out. But it appears I now have until June 8, 2018 to make up my mind (my current air filter email estimate).
From your warning about “cheerleaders”, we may be forewarned that you aren’t looking for solutions, but rather venting. Even with that in mind, I can’t stop myself…have you looked at the custom filter options that others have proposed on the forum? Some are “off the shelf”. Also, can you vent out of a non-street side opening, even if it’s of your own creation?
Your feelings are understandable, but sad to begrudge the continuing eagerness for many of the rest of us.
Understandable because in your situation (can’t use it without the filter) you’re telling them to hold it and you’ll wait for the whole thing to come together so you’re really just getting an email that’s signing you up for another 6 month delay.
From all the posts the last few months, you may be the first to defer.
A big piece of advice I’ve picked up recently from a guy by the name Ben Shapiro(doubt any close relation but distantly):
When his wife begins to complain about something he stops her immediately to ask: are you telling me this because you want a solution or are you just venting?
Regardless of the answer, he listens, but the end of the conversation goes differently depending on which response she’s looking for. Think that’s where we are here. With a small side of bait knowing full well where it’s being posted.
I see the HOA rules say that you cannot vent out a street facing window. My house has 4 sides and only one faces a street. You might need to get creative. I saw someone vent through the chimney. Someone else tied into the existing dryer vent.
Hope you can get your excitement back. The Glowforge is alot of fun.
GF’s may not, but standard CO2 laser tubes do. Not a lot but measurable.
In this case it’s the burning of the warranty that is material. Get your GF and shove it in a closet for 6 months and you just wasted half your warranty period. Better to defer as warranty starts when it physically ships (not email ships).
Not really odd I think that your excitement has wained across 2 years. Things change. The only constant is change
As an alternative to your initial plan? Yes.
My original plan changed 3 times before finding a solution. Jules was simply asking a question. Tom essentially agreed with your statement.
Hey! That’s my que! Rah-Rah
Your disappointment and need to vent about not getting the filter with your order is clear, and you are entitled to your feelings - no one attempted to invalidate them, so why the condescending comments?