I have been literally babying my Dell laptop for months now as one thing after another either falls off or goes wrong. Let’s recap this fun journey, shall we? …
Not counting the massive amounts of Vista-related crashing…the first traumatic injury was when the quotations key fell off, only to be re-attached by some computer geek guys, but it fell off again and refused to be re-attached. I taped it to my whiteboard in my home office and gave it a small tribute:
Not to be outdone by the quotations key, both the backspace key and the K key decided they no longer wished to function correctly. Now those two keys must be pounded on with the finger pressure equivalent to an elephant being dropped 30 feet to the ground in order to get them to work properly. The fingers on my right hand associated with those two keys are getting pressure calluses.
Feeling left out and one-upped by the backspace key and the K key, the E, R, N, and M keys all decided to peel off their coverings so that if one were not a touch typist, one would be in deep doo-doo while writing a blog post. I’m not making this up:
Then the amazingly constructed power cord decided to stop functioning correctly. It would, at the worst time, simply pop out of its home on the side of the laptop, leaving me on battery. Then it escalated its mischief and stopped working while it was fully plugged in and much like the old tv rabbit ears antennas, I would have to hold the power cord up and over my head with my left hand while trying to type with my right hand so the battery wouldn’t keep discharging. Not only was the power cord acting wonky, it was not charging the battery when it was fully plugged in – so I was screwed regardless. Power on – battery still slowly dying. After much agony and an aching left shoulder, I ordered a replacement power cord. It now works, for how long is anyone’s guess.
Being the highly educated, innovative, creative problem solver in the family…I got out my handy dandy Sharpie and re-drew the letters E, R, N, and M and then painted some craft varnish over them to keep the Sharpie from accidentally smearing. I’m so clever:
And so for now we have a barely functioning laptop once again. I can update any or all 3 of my blogs, I can Twitter to my heart’s content, and maybe…just maybe I can get to read and comment on some of my bloggy friends’ postings this week.
Nothing else could possibly happen to this laptop could it?…
Just in case, I have this handy: