See You Later!

[Rescued from my old blog.]

My computer just died. How frustrating! Computer-savvy ds says it probably needs a new motherboard. Blissfully computer-ignorant me doesn’t know exactly what that means, but I know enough to tell that it’s not good. I could tell by the way he shook his head and muttered, “Hmmm. Not good,” several times as he tried to get the thing to boot up.

This is only the latest in a string of “the Lord must be trying to teach us patience” events. Murphy’s Law #6,387 (or whatever number ol’Murph is up to by now): As soon as dh decides to start up his own business, but before he has any clients, that’s when everything that can break or wear out will do so.

Anyway, I had to run in to dh’s office to pay nearly-overdue bills, so I thought I’d come by here and let everyone know. If you don’t “see” me for awhile, it’s not because I’m ignoring you all. I’ll be back as soon as I can…

[Edited to add…]

Well, I don’t think it’s the motherboard. If it was the motherboard, the thing would never work at all, right? I think my computer is Jewish, and it’s just decided it’s overdue for a Jubilee. It can turn on, but most of the time it won’t. Everything stays totally blank, and there are no whirring or beeping noises from the big mystery box. Then sometimes it will come on, at random intervals a few days apart. Today it came on at the fourth try, so I am going to attempt to leave it on forever. My hypothesis is, if I don’t turn it off, then it won’t have the chance to refuse to turn on again.

[A forum friend (wanderingheart) suggested: “Jubilee is too much. Hows about you make a deal w/it. It can rest from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday–Shabbat!! :)Maybe it wouldn’t notice if you didn’t turn it off and just let the keyboard be for a day…”]

Hmm…It was last Saturday that it first refused to come on. If it would be satisfied with just taking Shabbat each week, I think I could work with that. But how does one enter into negotiation with a machine?

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