My New Computer Came Today!

My New Computer Came Today!

I signed up for a Blog Post Challenge to write 26 posts in 13 weeks.  I was preparing a school presentationI was planning to start working on income taxes.   Then my computer crashed!  I took it to the Geek Squad.  The technician was kind.  She looked it over and figured out what was wrong. Then she looked in the records and discovered I had purchased it eight years ago! (I think eight years in computer life is about 500!)   The cost of repair just wouldn’t be worth it.  I knew this day was coming. But, now?  That was two weeks ago.  My New Computer Came Today!

I Had To Put It Together!

I took the computer, and its accompanying parts, from the box. Then I took a picture of it, disassembled, and sent it to my kids, who live and work in Ventura and L.A.  I told them, jokingly, that I would be very glad if someone wanted to come up right away and put it together for me.  No one jumped into his or her car and headed up.  One son, ever encouraging, said “Mom, you’ve got this, and don’t forget you can always use Google and You Tube for help.”  I remember reminding him often, in his youth, “Look it up in the dictionary.”   Another volunteered his 7-year-old nephew, my grandson,  (who could probably have put it together easily), and then advised me to connect the rectangular thing on the right to the rectangular thing on the left and let him know if it works. I responded, determined, “I can read, therefore I can do things.”  I may have spoken too soon.

My New Computer Had Directions!

I remember the old computers and their big, thick books of directions.  My husband, who didn’t have that Just-Do-It-And-Check-Directions-If-Stuck personality that I had, would read them before proceeding!  These days, you get a very small sheet of directions and anything else is on line.  Of course, if you can’t get it started with the quick start directions, and you have no other connection to the internet, you are in trouble!  I was lucky, I had an I-pad.  With the thin sheet of directions, and the I-pad, I got down on the floor under the desk to put it together.  (I was able to get back up again!)

But there was a problem!

It started up and got to a set-up screen.  The screen was asking for a Microsoft password.  For some unfathomable reason, I thought the problem was with my wireless provider.  I called the wireless provider.  After talking to 5 different people in five different departments, I gave up and set up an appointment for a technician to come out in a few days.  I went to get dinner.    

Then, I decided to look at it again.  This time I saw that what I really needed was a password.  I didn’t know the password, so I tried to get a new one.  They said they would send me a code, but I never got it in my e-mail.  Time passed.  The work day was over. My ever-encouraging son called.  “Did you check the junk folder,” he asked.  Oh.  I canceled the technician’s appointment. 

My New Computer Came Today!

I have a new computer.  It works!  Now I’ll have to think up another reason why writing 26 blog posts in 13 weeks, and getting my income taxes done, will be difficult.  Hm-m-m. Let me think.


#34 — My New Computer Came Today!

6 thoughts on “#34 — My New Computer Came Today!

  • February 15, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    I’m cringing knowing my laptop that I dearly love has been to the computer doctor a few times over the last year. But your post was humorous (I’m sure I won’t be laughing when that dreaded day comes…)! I enjoyed it, Shirley.

    • February 15, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks, Lily. When I took my old computer in, I noticed all the stickers when it had been in before, and realized it was probably older than I thought! ?
      Forward, ever forward. However, not sure if I will be able to get under the desk and back up in another eight years!

  • February 15, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I think we can all relate to a computer crash at the worst time. Then, the box of parts and directions arrive. Yikes!
    Congrats on putting it all together. (And blogging about it!)
    Enjoy your new computer.

  • February 15, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Enjoyed this, Shirley. It’s humorous, gives us some tips to think about in the same situation, and shows your “I can do it” spirit. Thank you. xoA

    • February 15, 2018 at 8:22 am

      Thank you, Annis. Your comments are always so encouraging!

    • February 15, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks, Joan! I am enjoying it! So many new things on it. It will take time to learn some of them. And, I got a new version of Photoshop Elements. Lots to play with!

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