Fortunately, it was Thanksgiving here in Canada this past weekend. If I hadn’t been reminded of how thankful I am for all the good things in my life, I’d be seriously cranky.
The night before I left for another 1,600-mile road trip a couple of weeks ago, my computer’s USB ports died, leaving my mouse and keyboard to uselessly mourn their passing.
It’s kinda hard to use a computer when you have no input devices, but hell, no problem. It’s not like I really needed to finish my last-minute work and pack and get a million other things done before I left. Technology, you’re a real sonuvabitch sometimes.
But on the up side, I use my laptop to work remotely on my home computer when I’m travelling. It was as if nothing was wrong the whole time I was away. Thanks, technology.
When I got home, I spent the better part of a day trying to fix the ports. No luck. Sonuvabitch.
But I could still work through my laptop. Thanks, technology.
But my laptop couldn’t connect to the program I need for my invoicing. Sonuvabitch.
But that was okay. Since my motherboard was toast anyway, I decided to replace my aging computer. I could take my time building my new machine and make a graceful transition using my laptop in the mean time. Thanks, technology.
Which was a great idea… until I woke up the very next morning to discover my old computer had committed seppuku in the night and was completely dead. Not even a beep or a blinky light. Where it got that sword, I’ll never know. Sonuvabitch.
But I had backups, and I had my new hardware. I could start rebuilding right away. And it was the long weekend, so I had three whole days free. Thanks, technology.
Well, sorta free. Except for the bazillion other things I’d hoped to accomplish after being away for a week. Oh, and maybe have a day or two off? Nah. Not allowed. Sonuvabitch.
Amazingly, all the Microsoft products installed beautifully and worked first try. Thanks, technology.
Unfortunately, all the other hardware and applications seemed childishly determined to assert their independence. One after the other, they:
- refused to install; then
- installed grudgingly after I spent hours pissing around finding solutions; after which they
- promptly broke the parts of the installation that had actually been working before, so I had to go back and fix them. Again.
I spent three solid days glued to my desk, swearing until the windows melted. Sonuvabitch.
But I’m thankful beyond words that this is the only thing in my life that’s complaint-worthy. My saintly husband tolerated my savage mood with his usual graciousness and helped me buy and assemble my components. I ate Thanksgiving dinners on two different days and didn’t have to cook for either of them. I was warm and safe and well-fed and surrounded by family and friends.
Now I’m happy in my home office, doing work I (mostly) enjoy on a zippy new computer that’s (mostly) loaded. It’s all good.
Thanks, but, um, technology…? You’re still a sonuvabitch sometimes.
P.S. I’m still reloading my RSS feeds and digging out from under my backlog, so I haven’t been by to visit my blogging buddies lately. I’ve missed you – looking forward to visiting you again soon!