Oh, I know that all of my eighteens of fans out there in the blogosphere have assumed that my lack of writing lately is due to the fact that my life is a total trainwreck. That I’m lost in the sea of despair, mired in a quagmire of hopelessness, floundering in a briar patch of calamity. That I’m spending my days – and nights – Ativaning and teledrinking myself into oblivion, cursing and bemoaning my fate in life while burning mini-replicas of GE executives and IRS agents in effigy. There is no happy shiny swirly twirly gumdrop land in TashaWorld.
And you know – that’s not too far from the truth. Life does indeed suck, and I find myself so bogged down by the suckiness of it all that I’m paralyzed into a state of inertia. I don’t know where to start with anything – should I be gathering the scraps of paper from 2008 that the IRS wants? Or working on the 2010 taxes? Or wondering how I’ll come up with the $4700 to pay my property taxes for HALF the year? Or pointlessly sending out more resumes, since no one ever gets back to me? Oh, where to begin!
Drugs and teledrinking are my friends. Not my only friends by far – but good friends nevertheless. You know how I was waiting for that ONE good thing to happen in my life, to let me know that it’s not all totally hopeless? Yeah, still waiting. Well, there is the potential stalker - but that can wait until another blog post.
So where was I…oh yeah, despair, bitterness, suckiness. But you know, even in the darkest of moments there can be great hilarity, so why the hell have I not been all over that? And here’s where we get to the crux of the matter: computer suckage.
As we all know, technology hates me. It’s true. A fact. So my PC that’s only a couple of years old, it’s been slowly giving up the ghost in a particularly cranky and annoying manner. Slowing down, not wanting to get online – but the worse thing has been the keyboard, aka the Instrument of Satan. The keys on the IoS kept sticking, and so – carefully following instructions I found on the internets – I’d pry off individual keys carefully to try to fix them, and of course what happened? Yeah, the keys wouldn’t go back on. So I lost the q, which wasn’t too bad. Then the m. Then, the horror of losing the comma. Not just the comma, but the little plastic doohickey that I could still press so as to be able to use the q and m? Yeah, it fell off. So I superglued it back on. Which then made it stiff as a rock, so to use a comma I have to press REALLY HARD on it.
Which is why I’ve been using a heck of a lot of dashes instead lately.
And you can imagine that typing has been a bit of a PITA.
Today, the glorious day that I’m typing away on a Macbook Pro. WITH all the keys. Imagine that! Let’s go back to that beautiful day Friday when I made my way to the Apple Store….
(que Wayne’s World music)
I stride in briskly, as usual, and the 12-year old workers at the front of the store barely glance up. Okay, they give me a chipper hello, but I’m on a mission so I keep moving. I know what I need, and don’t need pesky youths hovering over my shoulder. Ah, there they are – the MacBooks. I get to work.
(15 minutes later)
Me: Oh hi mom!
I’m meeting my mom here for lunch, since I’ve gone to the Apple Store in Deer Park IL rather than the one in Skokie.
Me: Hold on just a sec….finishing up here….okay then!
Mom: What are you typing?
Me: Oh, I’m just pulling up my blog on all the laptops here. A service for the little people, as I call it. Why should they be forced to read boring websites when they can bask in the brilliance of my blog?
Young Apple Guy: Can I help you folks?
Me: Oh, I’m interested in the laptops – I was just pulling up my blog.
We look down the row of laptops and see the distinctive blue green screen of my blog on every screen. I smile brightly.
YAG: Sure, that makes sense, have to see what the important stuff looks like.
Me: Exactly! Oh, and look, here I have pictures of my dogs. Aren’t they adorable?
Mom: But don’t you want to….
Me: Look! Here’s Timmy! Precious, no?
YAG: He’s great….
Me, cooing: And look, here’s The Kone! Ooh, and here’s a pic of the two of them.
Me, adding: I’m going to wind up on some website about customersfromhell, aren’t I…..
YAG, chuckling weakly: Oh NO, of course not….
Me: Aren’t you fortunate I came to this store specifically because it’s in Lake County, so I pay 6% sales tax rather than the 10% in Cook County? Yes, I’m stubborn that way. It’s the principle of the thing!
YAG: Oh, I’d do the same thing.
Hmm. He’s doing a good job of humoring me. We then further vex him by trying to prove that my mom is indeed a retired teacher and so we should get the 10% discount. Because I’m beyond po’, so my mom is buying me the computer as an early birthday gift.
Mom: Okay, here’s my insurance card…..my AAA card…..my senior discount at De…
Me, interrupting: Mom! None of that works. Don’t you have anything that says “former teacher” on it?
Mom: Here’s my AARP card……my punch card for the eyebrow lady at the mall……
Me: Mom! How about your bank account? Would it show where your pension check comes from?
Mom: Oh wait! I know! I just got an email about a Retired Teacher’s Luncheon next week.
I log into my mom’s email account and voila, there it is! At this point poor YAG is looking a bit like a deer caught in headlights.
Me: So what do you think, will that work? We could also try….
YAG: NO! I mean, no, that’s fine, perfectly fine, that’s enough proof right there, yes sirree, absolutely, not a problem at ALL……
He dashes off to get the computer. Oddly, someone else comes back over to finish checking us out. I’m sure it’s a mere coincidence that we didn’t see YAG again, right? Right??
Anyway, you don’t appreciate the beauty of typing with all the keys intact until that’s no longer an option. So tonight, I’m grateful for computer keys. Especially that damn comma.
For today...that’s all I got.