I had planned to put up a book for this week’s giveaway, but two days of computer glitches have left me unfit for rational thought. I’m so frustrated that I’m ready to fling myself out a window.
Of course, since I live on the first floor it would be a largely ceremonial gesture.
Since I can’t write up an interesting screed about the book, a $20 Amazon gift card it is.
Seriously: Computer woes have turned me from a Mensa member into a bumbling child. A bumbling child who just happens to have pushed it too hard a few days after surgery and then spent nearly 13 hours:
- Riding the bus to two different computer stores, and walking almost a mile from the bus stop to the far reaches of a shopping center and then back to the bus stop (I should have called a cab to take me home from there, but that helpful thought didn’t spring to mind until I was home)
- Installing two new programs that were absolutely, positively going to fix the problem
- Calling tech support in a foreign country when the first one wouldn’t install
- Taking photos of receipts and activation code for e-mailing (no scanner)
- Getting back on the phone with tech support
- Finally getting the programs running and…
- (….wait for it…)
- The glitch was not fixed.
Once again I had to ask an editor to go in and adjust the problem for me, something I cannot keep doing. In other words, if this can’t be fixed today then over the weekend I will have to buy a PC in order to do one simple, specific aspect of my job.
I don’t like PCs. They don’t feel intuitive to me. They get virus-y. They crash. And I’ve got several long-ish trips in the offing: Will I have to carry two computers now? Argh.
Bonus: My business account is nearly $300 lighter. I am going to try to return the two programs — which means more bus rides and more walking. I may rent a car tomorrow.
Update: The problem is finally fixed. I can now do that specific task. No need to buy a new computer. Thank heavens.
Oh, but I wouldn’t be me unless I could also provide a punch line. Here goes:
I was given yet another small daily task for which I needed a mouse that can right- and left-click, so I took the bus to Staples this afternoon. As I was paying, I was struck by the sudden, absolute conviction that such a mouse could be found in the file cabinet next to my desk. Or maybe not. If I didn’t buy it, I’d just have to come back on Saturday.
So I bought it. And yep, there was a clickable mouse at home, in the file cabinet. A few years back, while I was still managing the building, I found the mouse and a keyboard — both still in the box, both seemingly unused — in the Dumpster while rearranging a departing tenant’s carelessly dumped belongings. As an inveterate Dumpster wader I kept both items.
I’ll see if I can get my sister to swing by Staples on our way back from church on Sunday. Sigh.
But back to business. If you want a shot at winning the $20 Amazon gift card, here’s how to do it:
- Leave a comment below
- Subscribe via e-mail or RSS
- Sign up to follow Surviving and Thriving on Twitter or Facebook
If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.
The deadline is 9 p.m. PST Monday, March 12. If I do not hear back from the winner by Wednesday night, I will choose another name.