So on Friday, I had something disastrous happen. A flood. Not just a typical flood, one that could have been prevented. My laptop sits on an antique desk. It’s not worth much anymore because last summer my laptop caused the wood to crack due to the heat it created, but the desk is still nice after you put a blotter down. It was a hot day Friday (I believe we set a record) and I have no air conditioning, so my relief is a cold glass of ice water. Now I didn’t want to wreck the desk any more than I already have, so I set the water glass down on the blotter to keep the condensation off the desk while I looked for the coasters that normally sit there for this purpose, but they were no where to be found. Of course beings that the desk was full of other items, like a mouse/mousepad, candles, tissue box, and World of Warcraft booklets, there wasn’t much room for my glass, so it sat a little precariously on the edge of the blotter. (You know where this is going, don’t you). I moved the chair (also a bit of an antique, also partially destroyed because of the stupid cats) and bumped the desk as I got up. In slow motion, I saw the glass wobble and then begin to spill. I caught it, with my cat like reflexes, though not before some of the damage had been done, there was a big puddle sitting on top of my laptop keyboard. I ran to the kitchen for towels, forgetting that my first move should have been to turn the computer off, though I didn’t want to actually touch the thing for fear of shock.
So I cleaned up what I could, turned the computer off, and started plucking off each of the keys one-by-one until I could get under and get them all dry. I let the computer sit there for a day before I was ready to try it out. Unfortunately it seems the damage has been done. When I turned the computer on, the “j” key seemed to be stuck. I plugged in another keyboard to see if I could actually use the laptop, and while I walked away and came back, it had opened 40 copies of Windows Explorer. I had to laugh, because that was funny, even though I was sad that my laptop was dying. I will probably get myself a new keyboard, because a laptop is just a desktop without a tower that takes up more counter space, if it has a plugged in mouse and keyboard. Or maybe I’ll shell out a few more hundred and get myself something shiny and new. I doubt that will happen though, I’m needing a car more than a laptop. I have a small glimmer of hope left. When I left the house this morning, some of the keys were working. Maybe because of the heat and humidity it hasn’t quite dried out. OK, not likely, but at least it’s not repeating eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee or jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj anymore.
So today’s lesson is, no matter how many times you tell your kids to be careful with food and drink around their computer, you should listen too.