“Oh my God! No! No! No!” My heart hammered in my chest as I watched my baby turn blue. I laid my fingers on her and tried to recall the technique. “Okay, on three. One, two, three!” I pressed CTRL+ALT+DEL on the keyboard and held my breath.
“C’mon baby!” I tried it again.
Why hadn’t I signed up for that CPR (Computer Performance Restoration) class? My baby, aka my laptop, had turned blue and no remedy was working. I cradled her in my arms and rushed to the closest ICU (Inactive Computer Unit).
With my baby protectively held to my chest, I threw open the door and yelled to the man behind the counter, “I don’t know what’s wrong with her! I haven’t heard a sound from her in hours! She turned blue! Please help!”
He smiled and placed a hand over his mouth. Wait, was he trying not to laugh?
“Ah, the dreaded ‘blue screen.’ Let’s have a look.”
I gently laid her on the counter and watched as he worked. I drummed my fingers on the counter as I awaited the diagnosis. He was so calm. What was that noise? Was he humming? Seriously? How could he be humming at a time like this? My baby’s life was on the line! I couldn’t stand it any longer.
“What do you think it is?”
“Uh, the hard drive may be going out.”
“What?” I covered my chest with my hand. “But – but she’s only two!”
He seemed to notice my apprehension and said, “Or it could just be a virus.”
“Do you think she’ll be alright?”
“Don’t know. We’ll need to run some diagnostics. It’ll probably take several hours.”
“You mean I can’t take her home with me?”
“We need to keep her overnight, just to be sure.”
“But – but I’ve never left her with anyone overnight.”
He laid a hand on my shoulder and said, “It’ll be okay.”
If you’re a writer like me, you can relate to the fear of something happening to your laptop. Without it we feel like a bird without a song, a bull without its horns, a cowboy without his boots, a jockey without a horse…you get the point. For writers, the laptop is our lifeblood. Fortunately my baby received a heavy dose of antivirus meds and now she’s as good as new.
Special thanks to James Ramsey’s post, Inspiration. I guess she was right. You can find the inspiration to write by surfing the net. Her post reminded me of the trauma with my laptop last week and inspired me to write this post. Check out James’ website. She has a new book coming out next month which I can’t wait to read.