Friday, June 6, 2008

Things That Make You Go Fuuuuuuuuudge

ouch

Yesterday, in an unfortunate turn of events, an unnamed assailant accidentally introduced a wooden block to my laptop screen. The resulting ominous, jet-black splotches and huge banks of horizontal lines are like a digital Rorschach test with a subliminal message of "Hey, lady! You're f*cked!"

And, really, it's my own elitist liberal fault for having heavy, wooden, Swedish blocks instead of lightweight, lead-dusted, Chinese blocks. Plastic blocks might poison you slowly, but they would never dream of destroying your computer. Or your dreams.

But, honestly, it's OK. It's just a computer. There's no use crying over spilled LCD crystals, right? (I will admit to having one good cry about it yesterday, but I'm fine now. Mostly fine. 83% fine.) There are more important things to cry about, including this incredibly tender PBS promotional spot that turns me into an emotional mess every time it airs in between all our elitist liberal children's programming. Mr. Rogers never fails to get me. Please go watch it and we can gently weep together.

(In the meantime, I cannot say enough about your comments on the last post. Exciting! Encouraging! Surprising! It was so wonderful to hear from all of you. I will write something proper as soon as humanly possibly.)

32 comments:

Liz said...

I thrashed a laptop one time by spilling a glass of red wine on the keyboard. Insult+injury: it was the last glass of a really good bottle of red wine, and I'd only gotten one sip. The lesson to the story is don't drink and compute.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I'm crying for you.

Ophelia Rising said...

OH, bummer! I'm so sorry about the unfortunate accident. :(

And, oh, how I dearly love Mr. Rogers! He is sorely missed.

reneedesigns said...

I can relate to the computer problems, they are no fun.

Life As I Know It said...

Oh no! That stinks!

Melanie said...

Liz: Thankfully, no alcohol was injured in the destruction of my laptop.

Everyone: Thank you for the sympathy. My laptop thanks you, too.

Anonymous said...

so so sorry for your blockage! My husband had a similar event- I am still waiting for him to fix it (he bought a new computer instead)- he hooked an external monitor up to get his files off it - makes it less portable, but at least it works... klcrab

smalltownmom said...

OOOOHHH NOOOOO (said in squeaky Mr. Bill voice).

Lisa Milton said...

Blocks! We never knew ye.

I'm sorry. That sucks.

planetnomad said...

That happened to our laptop once. Only instead of the kids, it was TOTALLY my husband's fault.

And I would like to mention that my father-in-law went to seminary with Mr. Rogers. That's the real reason I married my husband...not for his mad skillz with the laptop computers.

Nancy said...

Freddy-baby...that's what my dad used to call Mr. Rogers. Yes, that does explain a lot of things about me, unfortunately.

Sorry about the screen...but no need to take poor harmless chocolate goodness' name in vain! :-)

standing still said...

My 13-year old discovered Mr. Rogers on tv during lunch one day when he was home sick recently, and he called to me, "Hey, Mom! Mr. Roger's is on." It was so cool that he remembers us watching it together. Probably because in Teen/Child's early life with my neurotic mothering, Mr. Rogers and a good nap were the only things that could help me calm down.

stu said...

I didn't even need scroll down to see the rest of the picture to know you were screwed...

A used LCD and you will be up and running again. I could get you a nice discount on an HP instead...

-Stu

stephanie (bad mom) said...

I am terribly sorry about the laptop, but I can't watch the Mr. Rogers thing just yet because I was a little emotional this evening and I'm not sure if I've recovered yet...

Brent said...

On the upside....new laptop! By the way, nice Christmas Story reference.

family-of-five said...

an excuse to get a new laptop? maybe?

dkuroiwa said...

oh no...on the "suckage" scale, that does rate up there pretty high.

After my oldest (when he was 3) wrote on my new screen with a pen, I briefly thought about a "sneeze guard" type contraption for protection...oh, and fingernail polish remover takes off ink from the screen. whew.
hang in there!

Amy the Mom said...

Oh God. That is one of my worst fears, right up there with running out of gas in a remote rural area.

katydidnot said...

my most sincere condolences. i would cry and cry.

i am very mary said...

I would probably vomit a little in my mouth.

Jennifer H said...

Well, damn. You had to make me cry.

But I'm feeling your pain about the computer. I would have cried at that, too. A lot.

hippyhappyhay said...

OMG. But your camera's okay, yes?
My laptop quivered just now, one of it's own, senslessly taken too soon.

I love how you Americans are so respectful of your TV hosts. Mr Rogers. Over here we are like, "You know, that guy, with the black hair." or "That doofus who tells stupid jokes and married that chick who plays netball."
Names are so overrated.

hippyhappyhay said...

PS. Is Jennifer H, Racheal Hunter?

julianne said...

Oh boy - gently weeping here at my work desk.
Good stuff. Really good stuff. Thanks so much for linking that video.
I remember seeing that interview on Mr Rogers and thinking that the wheelchair was pretty neat.

I miss Mr Rogers. I am a little sad that my kids won't be able to grow up with him quite the same as I did.

Also - so sad to see your lovely computer screen turned into abstract art.

BipolarLawyerCook said...

*Gasps.* I would still be rocking back and forth in bed.

Anonymous said...

Don't blame the elitists! It's a frame job!
Donate now to the "Block Appeal Legal Expense Fund"!!!.
Viva Elite-a!
Skandi Blocks for the Truth!
Better Elite than Dumb-as-Meat!

dharmamama said...

A couple years ago, my son's legs got tangled in the cords of my laptop, and he pulled it off the desk - no injury. The *very next day* I did the exact same thing, even though I had very carefully pushed the cords back where they belonged... and the thing broke right in half!

For me, it was a wake-up call about how much time I was spending on the computer, and NOT spending with my boys. I'm very active on some e-mail lists and forums about non-coercive parenting and consensual living... so I was writing about being deeply connected with your kids. The irony wasn't lost on me, that I was writing about that, but sending mine off while I wrote. Things shifted after that.

I'm not in any way saying that's the case for you, or it's a message or anything. You just brought the memory back with that forlorn little picture. ouch.

Minnesota Matron said...

Oh - The Matron would not be 83% fine, just yet. She would be quivering mess in a corner, drool and all that.

Mr. Rogers? The world was a better place with you in it.

myra said...

i have the lightweight, chinese, lead -dusted blocks. and even they scare me. sorry about your computer though. that really stinks.

myra
wemakethree.com

Nora Bee said...

Well, check you out with 101 comments, you super blogger you! You rock. My heart is hard against Mr R since he did a show on day care and how all the kids need to learn to accept their horrible parents who don't love them.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Oh no! Say it isn't so! My worst nightmare. I'm soooo sorry.

Beverly said...

You're taking it in stride. That's good.