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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