Women’s lib

July 21, 2009 at 8:13 pm 2 comments

I titled this women’s lib, which I’m sure will make young people think I have a typo and meant to write “women’s LIP” or “women’s BIB” or something.  But for those of us who are—ummm, more mature, we know that the term “women’s lib” represents the era of bra burning, demanding equal rights, and all that crap.

Truth is, I should have titled today’s blog “liberation for an old woman” because today…(drumroll, please)…I feel liberated!  Let me explain.

My computer has had some “issues” for a couple of months, but I’ve always been able to find a workaround and managed to get by. Last night, with a terrible lightning storm approaching, I decided to back up my data files to a USB thumb drive thingy like I do every week. Well, my computer revolted and wouldn’t let me have access to those drives—or to my DVD drive. I gave up after a couple of hours of Googling and reading. By then, the storm had mostly passed.

This morning, I woke up with a bad headache and a worse attitude. I wanted my computer to work and vowed to beat the damn thing into submission. The more I worked on it, the madder I got. Finally, I just gave up about noon and ordered a new CPU. That may sound extreme, but when you figure I work all day every day on this computer, and it is over two years old, and a new one is tax deductible, and I was losing money having to sit and troubleshoot this one…well, you get the picture. It seemed like a smart thing to do.

After I placed my order, I began to feel differently about this silly black box sitting on my desk. It was kinda like a pair of jeans that you tear or spill something on. Seems like when that happens, you could care less what happens to them and start wearing them to paint in, fish in, mow in, etc. Knowing my existing CPU would soon be replaced, I felt free to do anything I wanted to it.  I was still Googling for solutions, and I began trying things that I was afraid to do before. I uninstalled stuff and changed all sorts of settings—even registry settings—knowing that the worst thing that could happen is that I might really screw it up.  DUH. It was already screwed up.

So, I felt liberated, I tried new things, and by golly, the darn thing works fine now!  🙂  It will make a nice “back up” system when my new one arrives tomorrow. I feel so free that I may just set my bras on fire and—nah. On second thought, I have some gravity issues these days with “the girls” and I wouldn’t want them stuck in my keyboard. I doubt there is a workaround for that…


Entry filed under: Acting Mature. Or not., Aging gracefully, Paying the bills..

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mooch  |  July 22, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Hey. If you remember I called you about 2 months ago and that was the prob I was having. Get your post it notes out and remember how you fixed it all so when I have the problem again you can help me!

  • 2. okwriter2  |  July 22, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Oh, man!! I wish I’d remembered that and I would have just called you! 🙂 Was it a Mr. Fix It link or something like that?
    I also uninstalled all of my Acer junk and enabled/disabled some other stuff. Don’t ask me what at this point…
    But I was able to scan something directly to my computer this morning, and I haven’t EVER been able to do that! Go figure!


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