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Archive for October, 2009

Do you believe in Technology Gods?

I ask because if they exist … they must hate me. Over the last few months I seem to have had several problems with electrical items and various technologies.

First, my oven started beeping because it needed a sensor or something replaced. This was month’s ago and I’m still waiting to find out about the part. The only way to keep it from beeping is to turn off the breaker … which I’ve done this whole time.

Then, my Dish receiver hard drive crashed causing me to lose over 294 hours of wonderful shows I had recorded and planned to watch sometime soon. They sent me a new one and it worked for about two weeks and then crashed. Only this time it’s not the hard drive … it’s the whole unit … so I can only watch things on the DVD player right now.

I had bought a new computer desk for the desktop computer I had upstairs. Just a short time after I bought the desk, that computer crashed for good.

A few weeks ago, my personal laptop crashed and I had to buy a new one. While I was waiting for the new one I just used my school issued laptop. That is, until last weekend when it got infected with a horrible virus that rendered it unusable.

I’m also in charge of doing the podcasts for The Open. Due to all of these technology failures the programs I use to do these have been lost and so there’s lots of frustration involved in that right now.

My cell phone is due for an upgrade November 20th. If I make it that long I will be surprised … it is hanging on by one little screw.

My tires on my car … which is only 9 months old … have started going flat … at random. Luckily there’s a sensor that tells me when this happens so that I can fill them up. It has happened 4 times in the last month. One tire had to be fixed, but the others have stayed aired up once I fill them.

When I finally got my new laptop the man who ordered it for me said, “Be careful when you sync your iPod the first time because I’ve had people completely erase them. WHAT?! How do you “be careful”? Do you plug it in very slowly? Maybe tip-toe towards the computer? I had no idea, but expected to erase it, the way my month is going. So far … it didn’t erase and it’s working fine.

Maybe things are turning around for the better …

Please technology Gods … if you do exist … leave me alone for a while … : (

Okay, I’m updating this on 11-2. They are definitely out to get me. I just received my new Dish receiver. This will be the second one in about 3 weeks. It didn’t start up like it normally does when you plug it in. So I went ahead and called tech support because I didn’t want to touch anything. The first thing the guy says is, “Press the Home button on the box.” You won’t believe this … when I pushed it … it stayed stuck in there. I coudn’t believe it. Then he said, “Try restarting it.” Yep … you guessed it … my luck continues … that button got stuck as well. Sheesh … someone help me … how do you remove a technology curse? At this point I’ll eat cat paw soup, or drink spider leg tea if it will just cure me of this technology curse.

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Curiosity

Another Story of the Day:

“Can I count on you to be there, no matter what?” she said. 

 I said, “No.”  

She said, “What kind of friend are you?”

 I said,  “The kind who won’t lie to you any time you want.”

I think she kept me around as a curiosity after that.

 

This made me laugh. Honesty really does make you a “curiosity”. I remember one time I went to Home Depot and bought some work gloves. I thought I was buying a pack of about 20 pair. Turns out it was a bag of gloves that needed to be hung up on the shelf. So they were priced individually. When the woman scanned it the price came up to $4.98. This was for a whole bag of work gloves. When I got home I realized that she had made a mistake. When I took them back they looked at me like I was a circus freak.

How ’bout you? Ever gotten that “you must be crazy” look for being honest?

What do you think?

“If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s – – – we’d grab ours back.”