||October 26th, 2006|
Left to right, Nome and Paul Van Middlesworth, Computer Tech Julian Sarmiento, Sandy Rees, San Marcos Chamber CEO, Dave Conrad, and Computer Tech Enrique Silva
The Computer Factory Rewards Its 10,000th Customer
At 11 am last Friday Dave Conrad stopped by The Computer Factory in San Marcos. He thought he was picking up his old computer that he had in for minor repairs. However, Paul and Nome Van Middlesworth had noticed they were approaching their customer number 10,000 and decided to award a brand new computer to that customer.
Guess who that 10,000th customer wound up being? None other than Dave Conrad.
Paul and Nome were delighted because not only was customer number 10,000 a regular, long time customer but Dave had run into a streak of bad luck, including his home having burned to the ground.
When Dave walked into the store he was amazed to see balloons, hear music, and see a host of people there to greet him. He still didn’t quite know what was going on. First, Paul Van Middleworth presented him with his old computer, told him it had been repaired and because he was the 10,000th customer there would be no charge. That alone lit up his eyes. Then Paul and Nome said there was one more surprise . . and pointed to a brand new PC, decked out in a totally transparent case and loaded with goodies . . . and that, too, they said, was his . . . absolutely free.
His computer repair work order was #10,000. His was the ten-thousandth PC The Computer Factory had serviced since they started their work order numbering system in 1998.
Weeks ago Nome and Paul decided they would give #10,000 a new PC. They told no one; not even their employees knew.
“Dave Conrad was a perfect winner. His old PC was a 450 MHz system that we built in early 1998. It had been upgraded or repaired several times in the intervening years. The last few times we tried to convince Dave that he really needed a new PC. Dave is not a man to throw his money around, each time he allowed as how his old PC was worth at least one more fix-up.
Dave has a family and is not a wealthy man. The new computer will be a true blessing for Dave and his family.”
“We called Dave and told him only that his old computer would be ready at 11:00 on Friday. Dave stopped by on Thursday to see how we were doing. In talking with Dave we found that he was having quite a year.
It started with the death of his father back east. On the way home from the funeral, the truck, which was part of his fathers estate, blew its engine in Colorado. In April Dave and his family were returning from a trip to Oregon when part of the undercarriage on his old motor home came loose damaging the motor home, the car he was towing and another vehicle behind it.
The clincher came in June when the Conrad family home was gutted by fire. Dave is rebuilding his home and hasn't had much time to devote to making a living. Dave's business is restoring classic automobiles from the ground up.
Dave and his wife have three teenagers at home who need a computer for schoolwork and the Internet. Dave uses the computer to track his business.”
Paul and Nome Van Middlesworth are the owners of
The Computer Factory, located at 845 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos. You can call them at 744-4315.