: things that go crash in the night :


Or better yet, on a weekend.

My laptop does that. It crashes and almost exclusively on a damn weekend. Late on Friday is particularly dicey. So, as a rule, I try to avoid using my computer after 4:00 on Friday afternoons.

I just can’t afford a crash, you know? They’re expensive. Not to mention frustrating and time-consuming and heartbreaking and chaotic and messy. Crashes are a loathsome, horrid business. And I hate them.

You see, in my experience, life doesn’t imitate art. It imitates a game of Whack-a-mole. Seriously. You just get one problem under control and, boing, up pops a new one. You wrestle that one to the ground and, boing, here comes another. Whack-a-mole, right?

A couple weeks ago, for instance, Apple interrupted my online activities with a message: software updates awaited, they chirped. That should’ve been my cue to shut down the  old MacBook and run. But, no. Like a dope I downloaded the updates. The updates, in turn, downloaded a crash.

Google Chrome went toes up immediately. Then QuarkXPress — followed by Firefox, Word, the DVD drive. The whole shebang went down like a ton of bricks within hours. Nothing worked but the spinning beach ball doohickey. Gah.

It was, what else?, a Saturday afternoon.

Now, granted, computers are fine inventions; lovely, efficient devices. But, come on, they’re time bombs. Touchy, ill-tempered, and ready to blow. Do I really want one of those in the house? Yes. Yes, I do.

What in the world would I do without a computer? Would life even be worth living? I need the internet, man. I need YouTube videos and email and iTunes; I need Google. Then there’s the whole blogging thing — I can’t go back to a typewriter or, ye gods!, handwriting my posts. I can’t. I won’t.

It’s been an unnerving week, ladies and gentlemen. I worried and fretted and imagined the worst. How could I ever finance a new system on my income, that’s what I wanted to know. Instead of needing a miracle, though, turns out I only needed a new hard drive. Yay. And phew. I can afford that — barely.

I’m back in bidness, folks. Give me a few days to get everything re-loaded, then we’ll be off on all kinds of new and exciting adventures. Until next weekend, anyway.

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8 responses to “: things that go crash in the night :”

  1. When a computer crashes in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?


    1. Hey, nc! How are you? What’s new and Happy Fourth! It’s so good to hear from you. I’ll be visiting soon, when I can read again : )

      To answer your question: No, they don’t, the sneaky bastards.


  2. FurthermoreAndSoForth Avatar

    I wondered where you were! Not that I’m stalking you or anything…well, maybe just a little…but I’ve been missing my Publikworks fix. Happy to have you back, Lisa.


    1. Hey, Jo, I’ve missed you, too. Crashes are so disorienting, your entire world is affected. Not that I’ve been doing much of value here lately — my vision is still totally wonky. I can see things at a distance with amazing clarity, but anything closer than two feet? Indecipherable. Gah. Early next week I hope to get a prescription for reading glasses. I hope, I hope.

      How are things with you, my delicate flower?


      1. FurthermoreAndSoForth Avatar

        I wondered about your vision just a couple days ago when I took my eye test to get a WA drivers license. I could see nothing on the left side of the screen thanks to my constant companion, Ms. Cataract. Thank goodness for small town DMV workers — she passed me nonetheless. I should probably apologize in advance to anyone sharing the road with me.

        Good luck with the reading glasses. I intend on insisting I continue to need glasses even after I have Ms. Cataract sucked out. Specs help hide the wrinkles and are one heck of a lot cheaper than plastic surgery.

        Have a wonderful Fourth of July holiday, even if you have to squint.


        1. One of the good things about having cataracts? Well, the only good thing, really, you couldn’t see the wrinkles. I was shocked when I got a good look in the mirror. Shocked and deflated. I’m still not over it.


  3. Reblogged this on Snoochie Boochies and commented:
    We can’t live without them, even if they’re not fool proof! Computers eh?! Who’d have em?!!


    1. Isn’t that the truth? I worry more about my computer’s health than my own. After all, a simple virus could kill it — they’re such sissies.


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