My only computer broke last night. Poor laptop. It wasn’t entirely unexpected, because it’s been behaving like a cranky toddler for the past year and has had trouble since I bought it – but it was still sad.
I tried everything I knew. Hard re-sets, switching outlets, replacing the battery, turning it upside down and shaking it, threatening it verbally, etc. I even took it apart, blew air through a few of the more suspicious looking components, and putting it back together again. Nothing worked.
So I spent like 4 hours researching and buying a new computer. I went to bed defeated, but looking forward to a fancy new laptop that wouldn’t totally suck.
This morning, I wake up to a surprise. My laptop is on.
It’s working perfectly as we speak.
Apparently the threat of competition succeeded when all rudimentary computer engineering techniques could not.
… I think the lesson here is supposed to be something like “Be patient” or “Accept that electricity is a mysterious force that’s a little more difficult than the MCAT let on” – but all I got out of it was “All major problems in your life magically disappear if you just ignore them hard enough.”
I’d love to blame messages like this for my continued procrastination on responsible grown-up chores (This tax form mess will sort itself out eventually! No need to spend 3 hours on the phone, I’m sure!), but I can’t. I have an incredibly expensive laptop purchase to cancel.