Separation (From My Laptop) Anxiety
I had to send my laptop off to the Computer Mother Ship, also known as the Best Buy computer repair center in Louisville, Kentucky.
The problem is the port where you plug in the power cord. It doesn’t charge. Actually, it’s been a problem for a couple of months, but I’ve been able to cope by jiggling the connector. This has required considerable dexterity on my part, especially if I am jiggling the cord while typing or eating cereal.
In general I don’t like spending time getting things replaced or repaired. This explains why, years ago, we had a television that for a long time had a big green “3” on the screen whenever we turned it on. Eventually you hardly noticed the “3”, and you could see around it enough to get the general idea of what was going on.
Also, I am extremely resistant to throwing away my shirts after they wear through at the elbow, which they do a lot. (I never thought I had especially sharp elbows, but who knows.) Why get rid of a shirt when it looks perfectly fine if you just roll the sleeves up?
This is not a case of frugality, it’s just that shopping (not including shopping for plants) and taking things to get them fixed feels like such a waste of time.
Anyhow, back to my laptop. Finally the port got tired of being jiggled with and refused to charge altogether. And so I took my computer to the store where it had been purchased – fortunately the warranty is still in effect.
It will take up to three weeks before my laptop is returned. I have to confess that I felt considerable unease about such a lengthy separation. It’s very odd that so much of my day involves interacting with a device that I lived without for the first four decades of my life.
However, so far I’ve been OK. Though this is mainly because Judy is pretty generous about letting me use her Mac. I should be able to continue writing posts, though it’s not the same as when I have a laptop of my very own.
How do you cope with separation from your laptop?