You know me and technology. Enough said!
Yesterday l broke the printer, yes l did, l shall admit that. I murdered (it was manslaughter/printslaughter m'lord) said printer by grabbing a piece of paper and pulling it out, quite firmly.
Did l panic when the printer then showed the E for error sign? No, l was calm. I fiddled about, switched it off then on again, dug out the manual (yep, you are impressed l can tell~). I even went on to the on-screen help info. All to no avail.
Still not in panic mode l phoned the company help line. After 5 minutes of pressing more buttons (on the phone this time), l finally spoke to a chap called Ken. Between us we tried everything from trying to reset the rollers to switching it off again. It is at this point that l panicked. I had to apologise to Ken for sounding slightly hysterical over a printer. 'No problem, everyone does it' he said. Anyway the patient was dead, or at least very unwell. Ken said l should take him (printer) back to Tesco and they would send him away for repair. 'But l need him now' l wailed.
Calm down with cup of tea and buscuit before tackling a phone call to Tesco to ask if it has to go away for operation. 'You'll still have your receipt' said the lady at Tesco. 'Well l have a photocopy of it as the mice ate the real receipt when they raided HQ' – okay she now thinks l am some sort of loony with a millitery building on the premises and a thing about mice. 'That'll be fine dear, just bring that and the printer and we'll give you another'.
My joy was unbound! I fairly sprinted round the house gathering up all the printers bits and pieces. Chucked it in the car and off we went. No problem re taking back the printer. 'Just choose whatever one you want and you can pay any extra on more expensive models'. Hmmmmmmm what to choose. Mine was a Canon and l use lots of Canon stuff, l am a bit of a fan. There were others that were very shiny (you know me for shiny things!) and did lots of impressive tasks (the fact that l don't require any of those tasks means nothing, l was impressed by them). I dragged a poor assistant up and down the aisle for ages comparing this one against that one and generally wasting her time. Guess what, l eventually went for another Canon but a bigger and better Canon. Only had to pay an extra £10 for my new friend. I carried him home in triumph!
2 hours later and l am still loading all its bloody discs and awaiting final clearance to print. Computer is now bogged down with all this extra information and no doubt running slower.This thing looks like you should have a licence to drive it, there is the definate look of the flight-deck about it. Anyway the final programme is in there and we have lift off. I press the button and l have a printed sheet of paper. Oh the relief, what joy, l am back in business.
So there you have it. How l spent yesterday. My list of 'To Do' things well and truly forgotten. Will try harder today…………