When I was in elementary school it was funny to pretend we were moving in slow motion. I still do it only no one laughs. Some things are funnier when you are 9 years old. Lately, I feel as though my computer is running in slow motion. It’s because my computer is running in slow motion.
A couple of weeks ago I got a warning on my notebook that said the fan was not working. Given the age of my notebook (4 1/2 years), the typical lifespan of a laptop/notebook (3 years), the cost to repair the fan, and the balance in our checkbook, we have decided we need to try to keep the one fan notebook living for a bit longer. Which means we have become the other fan. Everyday, we have to spray dust off all over the computer and tell her we still love her. We need to diligently watch her for any hot flashes and reboot her occasionally. Here is how hard it is to work on ‘ole Nellie:
7:00 am — turn on Nellie notebook
7:15 am — close all error messages and check e-mails.
7:30 am — read e-mails and re-boot if necessary
7:45 am — attempt to write something funny
8:00 am — still attempting to write something funny
8:15 am — spray Nellie with Dust-off and tell her I love her, disconnect from internet
8:30 am — wait to connect to internet again
8:45 am — attempt to write something funny again
9:00 am — make some tea
9:15 am — eat chocolate
9:30 am — try again tomorrow
Needless to say, Nellie is moving slower everyday and those hot flashes are more frequent. I think in order to keep sane, my writing is going to have to produce some green (or blue, red, silver — I’ll take foreign money too–well, Euros, Swiss Francs and British Pounds) so that we can lay Nellie to rest, and buy a young and fast computer.