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The Return of Ramblin Rooster!

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Holy Hell Hammers it’s been so long since I’ve sat here and typed to you, my fellow bloggers and reading enthusiasts. Oh, how I’ve missed you. I have finally beaten my deadly and nasty virus. Well I didn’t beat it, a technician and my wallet, working together, overcame the atrocity that was laid up my innocent computer. I felt like the only kid on the field that was made to go sit in time out. The whole experience of being killed electronically has left a very bad taste in my mouth. Let’s discuss each item of my feelings as they occurred.


Feeling No. 1 – Shock


Yes, I was shocked. I’m not a big computer user, I mean I sit in front of one all day. The last thing I want to do when I get home is get in front of another one. I don’t download illegal music, look for free software or surf meticulously for porn. So when I saw that my computer was dying faster than I could spit out twelve letter vulgarities, needless to say I was shocked. I seemed like someone who was safe from such clichéd fates.


Feeling No. 2 – Anger


Let’s face it, who wouldn’t be angry losing their computer? Forget that it’s a computer, just owning an electrical device that won’t turn on when you push the button is frustrating enough. Computers aren’t very versatile, in that you wouldn’t use your old, non-working computer as a paper weight, door stop or bookmark. More than that, I was angry that the money that I pay each year to be “protected” from such threats failed to stop what was a common virus. Even if I questioned the validity of my anger it would soon be replaced with merit after calling technical support and being told, “Yeah we can’t help you” after being on hold for 87 minutes, (no joke). Not so much as an apology for their pathetic software either, not even a fake sorry.


Feeling No. 3 – Helpless Hopelessness


I asked a couple of my friends for some help. I tried a few tricks that I’ve picked up along the way in life. I even bothered the IT guys at work for some pointers. Nothing worked and I was going nowhere. Then it started to sink in, the guilt and shame of being a helpless idiot. In today’s world it’s easy to feel like you’re ancient with the tower of technology growing ever higher with each passing second of every day. Not being able to “open ‘er up” and “wipe the hard drive” without paid assistance makes you feel like a real nobody. Well, it does me. I don’t like relying on others to save me, but I was out of options. So I bit the bullet and made the “long walk” with computer in hand to the cheapest repair shop in town. With bowed head and eyes on my shoes, I mumbled to the 12 year old clerk, “Can you fix my computer?”


Feeling No. 4 – Anger (Again)


This time it was different. This anger was coming from the time elapsing long enough for everything to sink in and for the feeling of “getting screwed” to take hold. That and the phone call from one of the IT guys from work asking me, “How things work out with your computer? That bad, huh, where’d you end up taking it? Oh man, don’t take it there, those guys are horrible!”


Feeling No. 5 – Panic


After that I called the store where I took it, asking if I could pick up my computer and avoid the mandatory charge. Much to my surprise they said that I could. When I got there they seemed pretty mad and didn’t even wish me a nice day on my way out. A lot can change during the drive over I guess. I then sent my computer to the IT guy in another state because I trusted the guy and he was even cheaper than the repair store.


Feeling No. 6 – Depression


Sitting around with no computer is like sitting around with no computer. It’s just not fun. I guess maybe I’m more of a computer guy than I guessed.


Feeling No. 7 – Joy


I get my computer back and am able to return to the blog.


Feeling No. 8 – Pride


I was extremely happy to see that so many people kept reading and visiting in my absence. It made me feel like I was given a break for my extenuating circumstances. Thank you to everyone for bearing with me during my personal crisis and hanging in there until I got back on my feet. I can’t wait to return to business as usual.


I’ve been sober five minutes.


Egg On!

Ramblin’ Rooster

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March 17, 2009 at 2:59 am