Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Another Ode to My Amazing Brother

Yesterday, my laptop freaked out.
I think it is alive and has a personality. It's the only explanation.
It worked great all morning, and then around 1:00 decided to start flashing a blue screen with strange symbols all over it. It refused all my attempts to commune with it: re-booting, caressing, chanting, swinging chickens over my head, crying.
Was is trying to discuss the recent rash of overuse with me? Perhaps. Like Joshua in the movie War Games..."Shall we play a game?"
I ask "Is this a game or is it real?" and he replies "What is the difference?" Maybe he was going for a game of Global Thermonuclear War....

All I know is that I grabbed Jillian's purple friend, placed a frantic email to The Guy Who Fixes All Things In The Family and within hours he magically breathed new life into my electronic life-line to the world. He even offers free door to door service. I'm positive that he and my beloved box of microchips had this discussion:
"What is the primary goal?"
"You should know Professor. You programmed me."

I'm a lucky girl. And here is another timely reminder to all of you: BACK UP YOUR FILES. DAILY. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU.
Now I'm imagining my laptop asking me "How about a nice game of chess?" Hee.


Lilian said...

You are so funny! I'm glad it's working for you now! Loved all tlhe references to War Games!

Margie said...

I have a hard time keeping up with all the blogs, but I do come by to visit yours and I enjoy reading back. I'm glad that all is well with you and your family. I hope we get to see you this summer.

Dan Cutler said...

I've been meaning to call you to see if everything is working well, but it sounds like you're OK. The War Games references were indeed hilarious, and gives me insight into how you truly see that little Dell monster.

Thanks for the kind words.