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Jul. 21, 2008 at 4:47pm

Stupidity Tax

(life. stupid, sometimes.)

Some weeks are expensive, and just for...stupid reasons. I call bailing myself out of said stupid situations paying stupidity tax.

So, prior to last week, I had to make a call to Sundance to replace a pair of Havaianas flip-flops that had much sentimental value for me, and were really quite neww.  Turned out the dog liked 'em, too, and has some sort of new nervous tic that has him returning to puppydom.  Current butcher's list, footwear edition: Right Havianas peace-sign flip flop.  Right Nomad kid's flip flop, purchased on first Hawaii trip, especially beloved by kid for sparkly embellishments on said flip flop.  Embellishment off of much beloved flip flops, right and left. Right black leather Reef Butter flipflop. (what the hell, dog, do you not like how my left foot smells or something?)

Stupid me, crate the dog if I'm not watching.  Stupid me, part two: give him something interesting to do (yes, we have Kongs, but he jealously hordes his as the other dog Maows, then when the other dog is ready for me, fights ensue.)  Stupid me Part three: hide the footwear, or even, I don't know, put it away?


So on to Stupidity tax, part two.  Recall, the child and I managed to spill wine in a fabulously showy way, all over the AppleMacBook Pro I loved more, even, than my Havaianas.  Recall, that while the computer itself is still working, there are issues with CD burning, and all typing has to happen courtesy of the bluetooth keyboard I had to purchase (stupidity tax: 79 bucks, I call it my prosthetic.) 

So then witness Saturday evening.  Friday evening?  I have about a zillion papers spread out all over my kitchen, 7 feet of counter, (including sink and vat o' coffee) and entire dining table.  deadline's again looming, and I'm determined to organize the frenzy, damnitall. My coffee will help, or so I think.  I've been nursing it about 3 hours,  it's cold and nasty, but it's caffeine.  My handy magnetic cord detaches as I make a phone call, and as I reach to grab it, it falls into my cold, evil vat of coffee.

Fried.

Not working.

Stupidity tax: another 79 bucks, plus shipping and handling and the time it'll take to get here (go ahead, try to find a local source for MacBook plugs)


--all I can say is, hell.

comments [8]  |  posted under computing, Mac, Stupidity

Comments

by tacomachickadee on 7/21/2008 @ 7:37pm
Ugh. And the exact reason why, with more than one child (but no dogs), I shelled out for the extended warrantee on the AMB Pro. And I don't believe in extended warrantees. But I've learned the hard way many a time on that one. Bleah. Bleah. Bleah. I've lost count of how many cords I've been through ... and there was a fabulous coffee incident that likely rivals your wine spillage ...

You are not alone.

by Nick on 7/21/2008 @ 8:05pm
If you're not afraid of a couple screws, you can actually snag a MBP keyboard off ebay and install it yourself for about $40 bucks after shipping.

The added bonus is, after you do it once you'll be able to do it every time it happens thereafter (which in my case seems to be a few times a year ;-) ).

by jcbetty on 7/21/2008 @ 9:44pm
we have the extended warranty, which (apparently) didn't work for my keyboard issue... I should try the warranty for the cord...hmmmm... (of course it's late now) --Nick, I'm very afraid of screws...




by KevinFreitas on 7/21/2008 @ 10:31pm
I'm happy to walk near any computer that's acting up for free. That often seems to do the trick. Probably not so much with the flip-flops tho. :(

by Frinklin on 7/21/2008 @ 11:44pm
The K-Frei electronic judo is not to be messed with. I have witnessed the power. Take him up on any offer of its use.

by jcbetty on 7/22/2008 @ 9:08am
Yea, though I have seen the technology messiah's mastery, and have been impressed almightily by it.(flipflops are trash fodder, sorry landfills) (--anytime you want to bring your presence by to let the computers bask in it, and be well, I am appreciative.)

by Amanda D. on 7/23/2008 @ 10:47am
There's a mac store on 45th and 7th in the U District in Seattle. It's fairly large, so they might have cords; the rabbit likes to eat Peter's so he's had to buy new ones occasionally.
I think that he gets them there.

by jcbetty on 7/25/2008 @ 9:14pm
I stopped into that store and it impressed me mightily. I went ahead and did the Best Buy online order thing, saved gas money (they charged no shipping, too, yay!) and now I'm in business!

thanks for the sympathy, kind friends....

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