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Lucky You

It started with a brilliant plan - as all catastrophes do. It ended with me hauling a hard drive to the Apple store in hopes of recovering months of work, not to mention thousands of dollars worth of music, from the happy place where the hard drive had decided to hide my valuables from sight.

Out of sight, out of mind?

I. Don't. Think. So.

"Well, you've pretty much got two options" said the guy at the Genius Bar, where Apple pays people with Ryan Seacrest hairdos to tell you whether you're stupid or fucked.

CUSTOMER: "I can't get sound out of my iPod."
SEACREST: "Are the headphones plugged in?"
CONCLUSION: Stupid!

CUSTOMER: "Somebody dumped a vat of acid onto my laptop"
SEACREST: "uhhmmm..."
CONCLUSION: Fucked!

ME: "My files got dropped in the trash, but not yet deleted. Click the trash and the operating system freezes."
SEACREST: "It's not frozen. It's just chewing through thousands of fi... no... wait. It's frozen. Wow! I've never seen THAT before!"
CONCLUSION: Jackpot!!!! I was both stupid and fucked. I could go into the details as to how this happened, but the end result is what it is...

SEACREST: "You've pretty much only got one option..."
ME: "Here's my credit card..."
SEACREST: "Go get this, pay for it over there..."

While staring at the line he'd been pointing to, I realized there's no worse time for a computer emergency than the week before Christmas.

"Doing a little holiday shopping?" asked the sixteen year old Seacrestette behind what used to be called a cash register.

"Why, yes!" I thought to myself. "What could make a better Christmas present than 'Data Rescue II - Emergency Hard Drive Recovery'?" These are among the many thoughts I think, but never say... not that the sixteen year old was listening.

ME: "No, this is for me."
SEACRESTETTE: "Great! I'm sure they'll love it! I'll email you your receipt."
ME: "...eh?"

As she slapped a "Lucky you." sticker on the box, the irony was not lost on me.

Don't let that progress bar fool you. It was the first of many.

Lucky me, indeed.

::::: | Wednesday, Dec 21 2005 at 10:42 PM
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Comments:


bonnie said:

HA! Very clever post. Too bad it came at the expense of such a hassle. I hope you get it all sorted out.

::::: | December 22, 2005 1:26 PM


rats! said:

Oh, come on! What was the brilliant plan??!! Tell us! Please, please, please....

::::: | December 23, 2005 1:50 PM




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