“Anyone else feel kind of weird when your computer asks if you want to continue unprotected?” Unknown
“To err is human, to really foul things up requires a computer!” Bill Vaughan
I’m literally in shock! What am I going to do without a computer? In fact, I can’t even believe I’m saying that I MISS MY COMPUTER!! <sob>
Years ago when the IBM came out with personal computers, I didn’t want anything to do with them. I definitely am NOT technically oriented so BasicA was a foreign language to me. Then I had this most humiliating experience… my five year old son wanted to use the computer before daddy got home, so that he could play games on it.
“Sorry, honey, mommy doesn’t know how to turn the computer on.”
“Oh, that’s Ok, mommy! I’LL SHOW YOU how to turn the computer on!” squealed my son.
Talk about embarrassed, mortified, humiliated, shamed, and STUNNED, but that was the beginning of my introduction to computers. What the heck, a computer is easier to use for word processing than an electric typewriter. Famous last words!
Later, life hit and I went through a divorce. Eventually, I was forced to learn to use a computer if I wanted to earn some money, but fortunately by then Apple had invented the Macintosh computer. I was saved.
The bad news is that I have never had an official computer course. I have learned via watching people work various programs, but don’t ask me to upgrade or load a program, I might blow up the computer instead. But, what I want to know is WHAT THE HECK DID I DO PRIOR TO USING A COMPUTER?
Recently, my computer’s virus program was insufficient and I needed a Pro to clean out my laptop computer. So he said, “I’ll take it Wednesday and return it to you on Monday.” CRIPES!! Five days without a computer. As my computer left with our computer doctor, I pressed my nose to the window and cried. I had no clue as to what I was going to do to keep myself busy. I do like to read, but I needed to be more productive. It was raining so I didn’t feel like walking.
Normally, I would sit down and email my many friends as they live around the United States and the world. I rely on my computer for communicating. How do I stay in touch with my friends? What do you MEAN… write a letter and mail it! You must be kidding! I was devastated and bored! Oh, my God… I guess this means I have some cleaning projects to accomplish. I would do a project then decide to sit down and check my email… OH, that’s right… I DON’T have a computer… whine! Hmmm, I guess I could re-introduce myself to my husband. But, he was busy absorbed in watching his sports. He didn’t even know I was sitting in the recliner next to him.
Ok, I’ll call my kids. “Hi, dear… how are you?”
“Mom, I have to dash as I have to take the girls to dance lessons, can we talk another time?”
Ok, desperation kicks in. At first I considered sitting at my extra keyboard and just typing on it, so my fingers would be happy. I HAVE to do something, so I pull out a notebook and a pen. I title it “My Temporary Computer” and start writing. Oh that’s right; I have to remember how to write in cursive. Oh RATS… there is no spell check! Now, this is really pathetic, as I can’t tell you how many spelling contests I won over the years. Plus, I took five years of Latin. I’m a GREAT speller… or WAS! As a friend would say, “How LONG AGO was that?”
I’m bereft! For five days I wander aimlessly around the house looking for projects to keep me out of trouble. Ok, the house IS cleaner than it was. Finally Monday arrives and I’m pacing the floor like an expectant parent waiting for my computer doctor to arrive with his patient. I hear the crunch of the computer doctor’s car tires on the gravel of our driveway… he’s HERE at last as I throw open the door. “Is it going to live Doc?”
Now you will love this. I bought a new computer desk four years ago. It has some “interesting” slots on it. You know what… I can now plug in my disk for my wireless mouse, and my additional keyboard into these “interesting slots.” Plus, there is a place for easy access for plugging my computer into the Surge Protector… well, I’ll be DOGGONE!! I had NO CLUE!
So my computer is now organized and cleaned out… and HOME! I was absolutely crushed without it. I can’t believe it… as once I had declared that I had intended to NEVER LEARN TO USE A COMPUTER! Times do change. Believe it or not… I MISSED you so much!