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Surviving a computer meltdown

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I stayed on the computer too long Friday night, and as I was sleepily playing one too many games of the mindless, yet addicting, game of Spider Solitaire, my hand accidentally brushed against an open bottle of water, and the next thing I saw was a puddle on the left side of my keyboard! Oh Boo Hoo emoticon I quickly mopped up what I could with some old paper towels lying around and then rolled into the kitchen for more. I blotted everything I could, including the water under the computer, turned my lap top upside down to try to tap out whatever water was inside, and just felt my heart sink. I thought of getting the hair dryer, but I was too tired to make the effort. emoticon So I pulled the plug and decided to wait until morning to panic. I went inside and made a call to my sister 350 miles away. I didn't need company, just the ear and empathy of someone who would understand, and maybe give some helpful advice. Funny, but her suggestion was the first idea I had and rejected! She said to try a hair dryer! I told her I had thought of it, but was too tired to search for mine, so I'd wait until tomorrow. The main thing was that I was not panicking and half hysterical at this point. I knew I had stayed too long at the game, so I guess part of me felt I needed this time of repentance and reflection. I also learned a little about my laptop; I found out the next day that I actually COULD open the battery compartment and remove the battery if I needed to since it was encased in a waterproof case. Until then I thought you needed to be a highly skilled "techie" to do such a thing. So I don't need to panic if I should ever need a battery. I also went through a very successful and relatively painless computer withdrawal and adjusted my life to continue quite smoothly without a keyboard in front of me. My food intake was healthy and even normal for the day, in fact once I stopped having my meals in front of the computer, I actually did even better than expected. The day was actually quite calm for what it could have been, considering what withdrawals can sometimes do to you! I just purposed to stay calm, pray, and meditate on the possible outcomes of the problem. Tonight when I came home from an outing with a friend, I plugged in my laptop while dinner was heating up. I saw some of the lights flash on , but didn't get too excited. Sure enough though, when I came back, there were instructions posted about how to continue, so I did what it said. emoticonI'm up and running! emoticon
At this point, I have to honestly say that sitting at the computer and writing a blog at 5:30 on Sunday evening was not one of my expected outcomes. It's the best possible one, but not the expected one! I had rather expected to become a technical recluse while getting the computer repaired or replaced, or whatever worse scenerio could happen! So today life has gone on; I feel blessed and attached to the modern world once again, and yesterday was just like a quiet vacation day that I had needed for a long time now.
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    Drinking around a laptop sounds dangerous to me. With a desktop you just need to replace a $10 keyboard.
    2670 days ago
  • JILL313
    Glad to hear your computer is up and running. . .I sure could be wrong but eating dinner while using your computer I've read isn't a good idea as when you don't concentrate on your eating and enjoying every bite you're more likely to actually eat more. . .Just something to think about. I usually sit along in my small kitchen area where I eat but my problem is I still eat too fast and need to slow it down. Continue to feel better my friend. Have an enjoyable week!


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    Gook for you. So glad everything worked out for the best.
    2670 days ago
    At least it did not fry the motherboard then you would have to get it repaired or replaced,
    2670 days ago
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