So, my own predictions notwithstanding, this weekend, I took the plunge. I went out and bought my first Mac.
I am, it turns out, afflicted with a severe characterological disorder which prevents me from ever reading directions for any new product I purchase but rather forces me to stumble around by trial and error until I figure out how the new thing works. No pity please, I've had the condition since childhood. But that did create a few grumbly moments as I tried to figure out how to do some elementary task. At first at least, not having the right mouse key was something like learning to ride a bike.
Within about a day though I felt like I'd gotten my sea legs. And so far I have to say that I'm really pleased with the decision.