OMG… I’m without a Computer!!! Eek!

“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

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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?

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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!

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About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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22 Responses to OMG… I’m without a Computer!!! Eek!

  1. Interesting (in a hellish way) that we both had tech issues at the same time. Your situation was far more dire than mine, though–all I lost was access to my blog. Just reading your post made me break out in a cold sweat. There’s no denying it–I’m addicted to my computer. My sister laughs at me when I say I need to bring it with me on vacation, but it’s coming!

    We really do become dependent, don’t we? It’s our connection to the wider world. And, you know, when people say, “Well, before the computer was invented everyone seemed to manage just fine with pen and paper and phone.” To which I respond, “Pffft. People used to spend months crossing the Atlantic until something called progress came along. Times change and people change and I want my darned computer!”

    Clearly the moral to your story is that one computer may not be enough…

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I’m laughing! Ok, it’s NOT funny, but what the HECK do we do without computers? My virus protection evidently went wrong, so my computer was literally filled with CRAP and I’m a techno-idiot! When I called the Techie, I thought he would simply load a new virus protection program, I’d run it, and that would be it… WRONG!!!

      Sadly, I need to win the Lottery or the Publisher’s Clearing House Lotto in order to buy a new computer. Either that or my stories need to sell for WAY more than they are selling for. Oh yes, I ALSO have to write more frequently than I currently write!

      Evidently, our computers with sympathizing with one another. Oh yes, I also wrote about pioneering… the story before this one. WELCOME BACK to the wonderful world of computing. I missed hearing from you!

  2. I suspect this would be my husband if his laptop ever went down. Luckily for him there’s the desktop in the office that sits untouched and unloved. Well, up until the time that our router goes down then we’re all over it trying to make it work again.

    My parents constantly tell me that I should’ve gone into computers (or become that doctor they wanted). You’re so good at it, they tell me. No, I say in my head, I just grew up with computers and know that if I reboot most computer problems go away. 🙂

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Unfortunately with the joys of the internet come viruses, malware, cookies, and God only knows what else. My virus protection became inadequate, and my computer needed some serious cleaning out. My husband has his office computer, but I have to keep my hands off… so I whined and sulked instead. It was a tough five days, CC! You are lucky that you are comfortable with computers.

      It is great to see you back. Have you posted anymore since the Challenge? I haven’t received notification.

  3. I didn’t want a computer, either, but it’s been so great to have one! It’s how I met you, after all…and my husband, too! I’m still on vacation and just took my iPad with me, so I’m having a little bit of withdrawal. I like the full-size keyboard! Probably healthy to take a break now and then, I guess.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I have met some amazing people via the computer, you included, and I LOVE it. Other than my walking the streets of Poulsbo, the computer is my social life too… how pathetic! So, I was absolutely adrift without a computer as I aimlessly walked around wondering what I should do. Ok, my house did get cleaner! 😉

      I NEVER in a million years imagined that I would miss a computer… but, miracles happen!

      Have fun enjoying Hawaii. It is nearly 80 here this week, but the rain is supposed to return on Monday. We head off to Cannon Beach tomorrow and will return Sunday. Again, I’ll be without a means to communicate other than my cell phone. I wonder if Verizon has service down there?

      Hope to see you, when your life settles down. Have fun in the meantime!

  4. My experiences, exactly, Gwynn — except that I always did want to and love using computers. But, pressing one’s nose against a window — any window — happens a lot around here. When I get my computer back, I’ll write stories about my neighbors. Besides, YES! what a wonderful opportunity to clean the house and sort through old stuff — except that, then I have to get up out of my chair….

    Ditto what Kern said, too.

    This is a great piece, Gwynn — so well written and you addressed every computerless issue, transforming that deep bereft feeling into humor.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Samantha for your compliments AND your sympathy. As I commented on your Facebook note, I totally relate to your position as once my Macintosh was obsolete too. It is a painful experience. Plus, this is why I went PC this time… BAD MOVE!!

      The good news is that I did get the house cleaner and a bit more organized, but once I did that… THEN what do I do???? You and I both had to learn to climb out of our computer chairs.

  5. That is to say that to clean my house, I just can’t click on it, disappointingly.

  6. Sounds like you need a spare computer. Small things like netbooks or ipads are good for traveling and even an iphone can fill in for the computer in a pinch.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I probably should buy something else to have around, but generally I’m not into gadgets. I rarely even use my cell phone. I’m pretty much a minimalist.

      • I resisted the iphone for ages, perfectly happy with my dumb phone that I could shut off and ignore. Then I discovered the kindle app. All that space saved not bringing books or even an actual kindle when traveling! It also has a weather app, and the wifi often works on the iphone in more places than it does on the computer.

        • Gwynn Rogers says:

          You are correct, there ARE several benefits to technology. Like with books, I don’t travel that much, so I prefer holding a real book to a Nook or a Kindle. Maybe, someday I’ll wise up… but not at the moment.

  7. Susan Scott says:

    Hi Gwynn, coming to this post late in the day. I wish I had automatically received it! BLTN I guess. We have power cuts every now and then (our electricity provider is up the creek) and then I can’t access my computer!!!! Whoa! BAD NEWS! Well, I can use my smart phone in that I buy data every now and then for just this reason, so that kicks in, but it’s not cheap! And if my cell phone is not charged and there’s no electricity, then I’m hammered. I wouldn’t use my phone for putting up a blog post, no no no …
    Thanks for this post – funny! And well done for finding a use for the little holes and stuff!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Yes, it is amazing how much we depend on technology these days. I have to remember to carry my cell phone with my everywhere. Plus, I spent hours here at the computer going through all of the Facebook messages and my email. This is my life now, so when the computer disappears I’m TOTALLY LOST!! How pathetic is that!? Plus, as I mentioned, I can’t even believe that I am so dependent on my computer as I really didn’t want to learn to use one. Ok, I guess, actually, I don’t know how to really use one as I don’t understand how the darn thing works… I just type away! Geez, what did the pioneers do without this stuff!!???

      I posted this shortly after my post about my pioneer experience. When I posted this on Facebook the pioneer message looked like the one that I posted. I’m betting you assumed this was the one you had already commented on.

      Thanks for your support. Oh, did you see the new message I left you and the gentleman who commented about my comment on your blog? I DO wish we could have tea or wine and discuss your interesting topics. It would be so much fun! I’ll keep buying Lottery tickets! 😉

  8. OMG, Gwynn, that can be a serious problem, right up there with the really bad ones, like a terrible headache. Don’t you love it when software programs that suppose to protect us from viruses aren’t sufficient? The why the heck do they make them insufficient??? Oh, wait, so we would have to keep updating, keep spending money, and keep having headaches. I get it. Glad all is well now. Hugs.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Ohhhhh, you’ll LOVE this part. My son-in-law worked for Microsoft and he set me up with Microsoft’s Security Essentials. Now, he no longer works for Microsoft as they moved to Spokane. Well, I was getting all kinds of weird messages from Microsoft, plus they wanted me to buy an expensive new program. Plus, while “protected” by Microsoft I was receive complaints that my computer was infected. Our Techie says that Microsoft’s protection is no longer effective as all the hackers, etc. have figured their way around it. So NOW I have a NEW virus protection that is supposed to be (hopefully) more effective. Frankly, I’m sorry I bought a PC and didn’t stick with a Mac… oh well.

      Years ago I sold AppleTalk Network Training and you “nailed it” with your comment that the companies keep upgrading so you have to keep spending more money.

      However, I did have to go through the drastic lesson of NOT having a computer. GEEZ, what a shock to my system!

  9. Joseph Rubin says:

    Gwynn, I love your talent for writing. And attention to the complexities. More, your illustrations are “magnetic.” I started publishing and writing in 2010, after 40 years of working and teaching as a clinical and research psychologist. My style of writing is rather stilted, for example, as in my book, Diabetes in Crosshairs, A Map of My Personal Journey, chapter Kidney Care for Diabetics, “The food sorting list that I compiled for this book is an example of how I consulted my nutritional options. Generally speaking, it is an unrestricted list. It does not address problems of allergies or problems that need attention by patients such as those who would follow a program such as Dr. Walser’s.” No enticing pictures in my book, simply words and more words.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Joseph, it is a treat to see you here. Yes, my writing is very different from Susan’s. I love her topics and enjoy her words. I lost interest in attempting to write intellectually, so I just write for me. I hope to make people laugh… sometimes. Since you are a psychologist you might be interested in my story, “Acceptance” in my family section. I started writing when my mother died after five years of horrific strokes. There seemed to be a black cloud following me around… so the writing helps me deal with the dysfunctional family life. I think one of my “Night Terrors” stories might explain even more.

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment.

  10. Oh wow, I would go crazy without my computer for 5 days. My phone can do everything my computer does, but its just not the same. The screen is too small! If it took 5 days for my tech guy to debug my hard drive though, I would be looking for a new one to be honest!
    Popping by on the A to Z Road Trip

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Debbie, I read your blog and tried to comment, but supposedly there was an error. I’m guessing that is why you don’t have any comments. I liked your story… but OH MY… what an ending. It is well written. As for techs… we don’t have many options around here, unfortunately. Thank you for stopping by to comment.

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