Do you remember my last post in which I told you that I did some housecleaning on my hard drive the other day? In lieu of cleaning my actual house?
Remember how I said that my hard drive was now neat and orderly. In lieu of my actual house?
Those were good days, weren’t they?
I miss them.
Too bad they were all for naught.
My computer doesn’t like neat and orderly hard drives. In fact, it hates them. So much so that it yelled at my Windows operating system and made it cry. Then it called it names which made it angry. And then, because my computer had a big, fat bug up its ass, it told Windows that Santa wasn’t real which completely freaked Windows out and made it run away.
It didn’t even leave me a note, letting me know and telling me not to worry. I found out by staring at a blank screen for five minutes, after which not only did I worry, I panicked. But because I live in the State of Denial, which covers pretty much every square mile of Andy’s World, I refused to believe that my computer would betray me. My computer. My livelihood, my lifeblood, my #4 on the list entitled Things to Grab If I Forget I’m Cooking Dinner and Set the House On Fire, outranked by my husband and children but only because I’m morally and ethically obligated to grab them first.
But betray me it did.
I took several deep breaths and turned the computer off and on no less than ten times and then silently screamed every curse known to man and a few I just made up on the spot.
I raced downstairs and between gulps of air, managed to choke out OH MY GOD, PLEASE HELP, MY COMPUTER IS DYING to Nate and then raced back upstairs to turn the computer on and off ten more times and then yelled at the top of my lungs every curse known to man and lots more I invented on the fly.
Then I raced back down stairs and gasped to Nate PLEASE HURRY, THERE’S NOT MUCH TIME and raced back upstairs and kissed my computer and hugged it and told it to not die because I still needed it and it wasn’t time for it to die because it still had so much left on earth to do, not least of which was to print the two page, brightly colored excel spread sheet Christmas list that is my Bible during the holiday season, the very same one I updated six hours beforehand and can’t for the life of me remember anything about because six hours exceeds my short term memory capacity by at least five hours and 47 minutes.
Then I raced back down stairs and screamed WHAT THE HELL, NATE? MAN DOWN, MAN DOWN, WE NEED A MEDIC, STAT and raced back upstairs and couldn’t think of anything else to do so I hyperventilated until I passed out.
When I came to, Nate had the hard drive in his lap with most of its guts strewn about the desk, grumbling something about partitions and reinstallations. I was overwhelmed by the sheer carnage but decided to put on my big girl panties and be brave. I accomplished this by rocking back and forth in a fetal position, drowning in stress sweat and ripping out my eyelashes, waiting for my entire body to succumb into one gigantic stress induced cold sore.
82 GB of data.
Including 5,000+ emails, 10,000+ photos, every single digital layout I’ve ever done in my life, as well as … well … my life.
Nate spent almost ten hours working on my computer and managed to reinstall Windows and bring it back to life but unfortunately, it’s suffering from total amnesia. It doesn’t know who I am and it has no recollection of our life together. It just sits atop my desk, looking forlorn and lost, drooling.
Wait. That’s me.
I am thanking God for equipping me with the Paranoid Freak of Nature gene. The gene that makes me pack the essentials for an ice age and heat stroke and all possible weather combos in between, whenever we leave our house for even one night. The gene that forces me to grab my money from an ATM machine and then immediately reinsert my bank card and press in a dummy PIN number, all while looking about furtively, just in case some James Bond wannabe is hovering nearby, waiting to suck my code out of the ATM and deplete me of all my financial resources. That is, if the blood sucking economy doesn’t gobble them up first.
The same gene that wouldn’t let me rest until I had three hard drive back up systems in place. Because as we all know, it’s not a matter of “if” your hard drive will fail over time, it’s a matter of “when” your hard drive will fail over time. Very reminiscent of the motto I use for my entire urinary tract system.
My first option was my external hard drive. This would be the the little black box sitting on my desk, whose only God given function is to back up my hard drive and relieve me of any desire to question my will to live during scenarios such as this. This would be the same little black box that I will now refer to as USELESS PIECE OF GODDAMN SHIT since it decided to stop backing up my files last February without telling me.
My second option was to burn all my files to DVDs. This only works if you actually burn your files to DVD. It does not work if you simply intend to burn all your files to DVD but instead, place a brand new package of shiny DVDs in the office closet with a fluorescent pink sticky note on them telling you to BURN BABY BURN in big, capital letters, the existence of which you promptly forget the instant you close the closet door, which was eight months ago. You can bet your ass that when I get through with this blog post, I am going to rip half my ass off for being an idiot of the highest order. And then I’m going to sit my half-assed self in a corner so that I can think about what I’ve done and how my actions affect others, MISSY. Somebody else is going to have to make dinner because I can’t cook and flagellate myself at the same time. Multi-tasking is not on the top of my list today.
My third and last option is Carbonite. I’ve never had to restore files with it so I am holding my breath and hoping with every fiber of my being that it does not disappoint. If it works, I will be forever grateful and sing the praises of Carbonite in every single language I know, which is limited to just English, despite the fact that I spent three years learning French in high school. Three years wasted as evidenced by my visit to France in my junior year when I attempted to order breakfast and instead informed the waiter that there is a rather large groundhog sitting on my head, please send help, thank you. How I managed to actually gain weight during my stay remains a mystery.
If Carbonite doesn’t serve its only intended purpose for which God created it and for which I’ve paid a subscription over the course of three years, I will be calling their office to #1) cancel my subscription; #2) tell them where they can stick said subscription; #3) verbally rip a huge chunk out of their ass; and #4) cry myself into a stupor.
Considering that Carbonite’s status has been stuck below 20% for almost 24 hours now, with close to 65,000 files left to restore, things are looking mighty bleak in Andy’s World.
It’s going to be a very hard for me to accept that I can still lose five years of my life with three back up systems in place, albeit with one failure completely due to my own colossal stupidity. Next time I will surgically implant BURN BABY BURN stickies onto my eyeballs.
I am now a member of that exclusive of all clubs, the MY GODDAMN FREAKING HARD DRIVE FAILED AND I WANT TO KILL SOMEONE club. I’m just waiting for my laminated membership card and t-shirt. When’s our next meeting? I’ll bring the cookies.
So here I sit, praying to the Carbonite God and typing on my kids’ computer while they stand in the background asking me when am I going to be finished, when am I going to be finished, WHEN AM I GOING TO BE FINISHED ALREADY?
Kids, believe me, I am finished. I am wiped out, mentally exhausted and emotionally drained.
I know that in the whole scheme of things, specifically a tanking economy and two wars, my computer problems rank pretty damn low on the THIS BLOWS scale.
But right now, in my little corner of cyber space, my predicament sucks rocks. Big, fat ones.
I think I might just go down the road to the local gas station and stare at the $1.90/gallon sign for a bit. Sometimes, miracles can happen.