Frustration is what I am feeling today. Frustrated that I don’t have a story to share. Frustrated that I had to get a new computer. Frustrated this computer has new ways of doing things. Frustrated that the wireless printer is printing extra lines mixed in with my text. GRRRRR!!!!
Usually I have started a slice a few days before posting. I can leisurely reread it and revise several times before posting. Not this week. The week slipped by as I was constantly aware that I didn’t have anything started. So here I sit, Tuesday morning avoiding creating a post. I read slices already posted. I think I could skip a Tuesday, right? Then as I read, I think, Just Do It! What’s on your mind? And the computer and printer jump to the top of the list.
My computer is a laptop. It has a mind of its own. It turns off, no warning at all. I have lived with this issue for several years. Yes, I have lost information as I worked, but I got very good at saving documents every few minutes. A week ago, I turned it on and saw a new blue screen that informed me it failed to start. Uh-oh! Push enter and it will try to repair itself. I did and it did, but I don’t trust it. I have too many files I don’t want to lose. (I sort of have a back up but it is not complete. Yes, I know I should get a better system.) The computer is about four years old, I figure it has lived long enough. So, off I go to see what is out there in the world of laptops for a reasonable price.
Several hours later I have purchased a new laptop. I am now computer-less. My old computer is at the store to transfer files. I will not see any computer for a couple of days. I am adrift without my computer. Since I have no computer, I cannot work. Perfect opportunity to read. I enjoy my time with books, but I’m thrilled when the store calls and says my computer is ready for pick up. I am back in the “connected” world!
I get the CD for the printer, I run the CD for the printer. It says Successful Installation. So, I begin to create documents. Everything is working just fine, but after a while there are vertical lines running through my text. It printed fine a moment ago, but not now. What is going on? My neighbor suggests I uninstall the printer, then reinstall to see if that fixes the problem. It doesn’t. I guess a trip to the store is in my future to get some resolution to this problem. I hope a new printer is not in my future. I just bought a new box of ink for this one.
Okay, I’ve ranted on long enough. Some of the frustration has exited through my fingertips. I guess I did have a story to tell. So, I will quit now, while I feel some relief . . .