Like the dork we all know me to be….I managed to wrench my shoulder the other day while re-arranging the new living room furniture. This is not the shoulder I dislocated in my accident; no, this is my good shoulder. duh squared. While it hurts, it does not stop me from using my laptop and frittering away on Twitter which is where I was Saturday afternoon when I started having computer problems….again.
Now this computer is not even a year old and it’s been in the shop several times – needed a new keyboard, needed a new power cord. Suddenly it won’t start unless I take out the battery, then put the battery back in and start the machine. Then it started making this odd clicking noise and I got that bad feeling — ya know the one where you suddenly realize you haven’t backed up any of your precious data (like the photos of EmmaLou Golden Destroyer) and your computer is on the verge of a crash? Yikes
Back up about 10 minutes — I had taken a pain pill – a rather strong pain pill because my shoulder was just giving me fits. Okay now fast forward to the computer issue. It dawns on me this laptop needs to go to the laptop emergency room and it needs to go now. But I just took pain meds and can’t drive so I enlist the help of Devoted Spouse and off to Best Buy we go.
By the time we got there, my pain meds had kicked in. I approached the counter of the Geek Squad , put my laptop on the counter and draped myself on the counter, too. How I managed to explain the problem is beyond me because I distinctly remember telling them to look at how cute the background picture of EmmaLou was and I believe we discussed many other topics that this young man and his assistant couldn’t possibly have cared about – but they sure were grinning. Devoted Spouse had seated himself in the reception area and was pretending not to know me (just kidding; he was actually grinning from ear to ear as I rambled and babbled on and on ad nauseum).
They kept my laptop. I have no idea what they are doing. I do know they were performing a hard drive back-up as I was leaving. They asked me what I wanted backed up. I thought that was the most obvious question in the world, so on the line on the form where it asks what you want them to copy I simply printed the word “EVERYTHING” and I am hoping they understood that. The young man smiled as he read the form. I also remember writing in the box where it asks what is wrong something to the effect of: “It doesn’t work.” Well… it didn’t.
So, kids, learn from me. Always start your computer and make sure it is working properly BEFORE you take your pain meds or you may find yourself hanging off the counter at Best Buy with pupils as big as saucers, telling some young guy how much you like his Geek Squad tie clip…sigh