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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Led by the nose...

...like a lamb to the slaughter.

I know I'm mixing metaphores, but I don't really care... 

My worst fears are coming to fruition. The computer people have had my machine for four days now. I just got a call -- "We put a third hard drive into your computer, and it went bad before we could even format it. There's something ELSE wrong that's causing the hard drives to fail." 

The guy continued to tell me it could be the power supply, the cord that runs from the power supply to the mother board, or the mother board itself. This is all correct -- these are things that have run through my mind as well. 

"So how much money are we talking about?" I asked. 

"Well, the cord isn't much," he answered, " and the power supply isn't a big deal either." 

"But...?"

"But if it's the motherboard you'd be better off buying a new computer." 

I knew that this was gonna cost me money. I knew it. I could have written the script myself, actually. But for gosh sakes I hope it's not the motherboard... I mean, if it's $20 for a cord or $50 for a power supply, I can borrow that much. If it's $2500, I'm outta business for sure. 

Maybe this is God's way of telling me to study for my CDL so I can drive grain trucks for the farmers, or to see if Pop's neighbors need help with the hogs this year... Heck, I can't be any more broke, I might as well run for public office. I don't know what to think. All I know is that I hate living this close to the edge. One thing goes wrong, I'm screwed... When I started HippieBoy Design I really thought I'd have at least six or eight months to build up a nestegg before things started going wrong... 

Oh well. We ARE healthy (though Dagmar has some tests coming up next week), and I can find other work, I'm sure. But gosh is this ever disappointing. To have my hopes dashed by a lousy short in a computer... Gaaahhh... 

5 Comments:

Blogger SkylersDad said...

Is there any way that you can use an older Mac Ibook, because I have one I will send to you. Ask your computer dude, cause it is about 8 year sold...

7:08 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Well, they're supposed to be bringing me a "loaner" yet tonight (why they couldn't have done that Thursday morning when I took my computer in to get fixed, I don't know). The problem is that I've got two or three thousand dollars worth of Adobe software installed on my drive. Adobe will let you "activate" your software twice -- once on your computer and once on a backup. The "loaner" they're letting me use for a few days will be the THIRD hard drive I've installed this software on, and when I get my machine back for real later in the week it'll be the FOURTH installation. I'm afraid that Adobe may negate my license.

I'm all sorts of scared.

So the iBook will probably work, but I'd need to install 350 GB of software and working files... I may take you up on that offer if I'm still outta business this time tomorrow! I can make it work somehow.

Let me see what happens in the next 12 hours or so...

Man, I appreciate the offer! I might be calling you...

8:02 PM  
Blogger pistols at dawn said...

Would that I had anything helpful to offer the world, I'd offer it here. But sometimes Short Circuits ruin dreams - just ask Fisher Stevens.

6:48 PM  
Blogger The Vegetable Assassin said...

Jeez dude, you are having a bad time lately. And I have nothing helpful to add except GOOD LUCK!

12:19 AM  
Blogger Dale said...

I wish I could help Chris but I'm far too busy laughing at Pistols' comment. Okay, I feel bad again.

7:11 AM  

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