Yesterday was one of those days where you seem to scuttle from point A to point B with all sorts of gremlins in the works, foiling your plans and then popping up to make a complete twit of you.
It started with the Other Laptop. Now the Other laptop (for that is it's name) has not been used since I got it as a reconditioned piece in the summer. I had great plans to use it as my main computer and this notebook just for emails etc. Well you know me, the Other Laptop just sat in the dining room for months not really accomplishing anything. One of my I'll deal with that tomorrow scenarios.
Well yesterday tomorrow arrived and I grasped the Other Laptop and plugged it in. Imagine my surprise when the damn thing didn't do anything. it didn't light up, sing, dance or make the tea. How bloody useless. Phoned Colin for help. 'Is it plugged in?', oh now come on, I'm really not THAT bad. 'Have you wiggled the wire about?', er yes. 'Ok bring it down to the coffee shop and I'll have a look at it'.
I take full advantage of this help offer and bring along my ipod as I can't get that to work either. Scamper through the snow clutching my electricals (!) and present the reluctant creatures to Colin the wizard of the gadget.
Colin picks up the black box and has a look at it, he does the honorable thing and straightens out the wire and plugs in the Other Laptop. A pretty blue light flashes into life, the Other Laptop likes Colin and is working just fine. hmmmmmmmm move on to the ipod, no problem, he gets it to dance with the computer and get music down those magical wires.
I am thrilled, if slightly abashed, but hey this is me and the guys at the coffee shop are well used to my seviere ineptitude with anything technical.
Bounce home with Tigger like strides, confident that I will be able to fill the house with music from my little ipod and it's speaker that came with it.
First I wrestle with the ipod and it's technicalities of deleting what you don't want on the damn thing. after trawling Apple help sites I get that sorted out and feel quite chipper that I accomplished this without having to ask (ok plead) for help.
Right, now lets try the speakers, what fun! Plug in speaker, oh no, you just know this one don't you, not a flicker of light, no life in sight. I jiggle the wire, I try another plug socket, I almost but not quite, resist the urge to panic. I phone the shop where I bought it and they say to bring it back right away. Ho hum, another car journey into Kilmarnock. Never mind. Try to switch off the ipod and discover the bloody thing won't do as it's told. My old shuffle just switched off on the top. I try this, I try everything, Annie Lennox is still belting out God Rest Yae Merry Gentlemen. I am no longer merry, I am no longer rested, I am in wall climbing mode. Look up help desk again for this simplest of tasks, phone Colin, he laughs. Press everything. finally press the stop icon on screen and the beloved Annie is silenced. Then i press the button on top. Who'd have thunk you couldn't just press the on off switch to stop the damn thing.
Picture the scene, am I stressed, am in a slightly irritated mode, well I ain't in a calm place. Collect Idgy and head off for town with the speakers and the ipod – ok the ipod was now fine but it was coming along for the ride anyway.
The snow is deep and crisp and even, the temperature is dropping like the proverbial stone, we are in Narnia and the prettiness is lost on me as I sallie forth on my mission to bring music to the livingroom.
Reach the shop, sales assistant calmly unpacks the speaker, he plugs in the wire – in the other hole – and switches it on. Of course the bloody thing lights up and practically waves to me as it blasts out, yes you guessed it, Annie Lennox again. I take a deep breath and smile. The sales assistant is not quite so restrained, he practically falls over laughing.
We retreat, head home and play some music. I reflect on my technophobia, my horror of anything with wires and plugs. My idea of hell is that rat's nest of wires that most men seem to think is normal behind their computers. Eugh, technology and me are not happy bed fellows.
Decide not to tackle the Other Laptop this evening, I'll deal with that tomorrow……
PS I have loved reading all your comments on what it is like where you are just now, from rain to sunshine and snow, snow, snow. Keep warm, be safe and have a wonderful Christmas wherever you are.