My computer, may it rest in peace, died in its sleep.
It is about 1 to 1 and 1/2 years old, far too young to expire in this manner.
It was working perfectly until 3 in the morning last night, although the screen did flicker a few times. I assume that was my computer trying desperately to signal me, sending up distress rockets as did the Titanic. Alas, it was not to be. I refused to believe that the strange maniacal light of the screen and/or subsequent dimness signaled defeat.
I woke up in the morning and my computer won't turn on. Is it the screen or the entire thing that has gone dead? I don't know. All I see is that on the front of the computer, where a little light generally goes green, there is a flickering, sputtering orange light (it's in front of a spherical looking thing with +/- signs.)
Now, I have a warranty...but get this, it's in Chicago. And the store that sold me this computer? All the shops have closed in Chicago. So I'll have to get the warranty, come back to New York, and pray for resurrection. I am doubtful of the outcome.
Now come the existential questions: what is Chana without her computer? Who is she? Her identity has been shattered...
Let us all mourn. (I'm taking this very well, aren't I? Perhaps because I also had to deal with a fire drill at 7:30 in the morning. Oh, did you not hear that? Yes, 7:30 in the morning we were all herded outside and made to face the light of the morning, blinking confusedly, I wondering why my computer refused to aid me.)
Oh, best of all, everything is saved to my hard drive and I won't have access to it...that's amusing. Thank God I happen to have emailed several important documents to friends of mine, so I have them on the Internet somewhere.
Anyway, tonight I'd better make sure I print off my airline tickets & arrange to get to the airport (from a school computer). I'm also doing TLN tonight.
Oh, and on a very happy note, MAZAL TOV to one of my favorite people for winning an award for a paper he wrote! That's amazing! If you want, in addition to the condolences, you can wish him a mazal tov in the comments...that will make me happy.
(I think I might start crying a little later today...Chana without a computer does not bode well for anyone. To anyone foolish enough to take that statement seriously, no, I'm not really going to start crying...but if anyone has any amusing stories of computer woes, do email them to me; perhaps I'll smile a little.)