After last week’s confession about this blog business, I did consider calling it quits. I have an easy exit if I choose to use it. My M.O. is to agonize over such things. For now, the decision is to take it one week at a time and see what happens.
They say that things come in 3’s. Over the past week or two, my appliances may have been attacked by gremlins or some other mischievous being that spooked them and me. This was most disturbing as I am very grateful for my appliances and even have the occasional appliance appreciation day. That basically is being intentionally grateful for the services they provide. The tendency is to take some of the basics for granted until something goes awry. You know – the stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer. My AC tops my gratitude list due to the horrifically hot summer. Coming in next are the devices such as my computer, TV, phones. Doing without any of these is unthinkable. Ironically, many of us grew up without any of those except for a land line phone and one day the advent of a black and white TV. How things have changed. How we and our expectations have changed.
What seemed like a small matter until things escalated began with the AC. The AC people who had originally installed the units came to service it’s entirety. A good thing, right? Essentially it was, with a small glitch. After they left, it took 2 days to get the AC working again in the manner to which I was accustomed. Of course, it was brutally hot during those 2 days. After that all was well and I was grateful.
The next thing that happened was weird and inexplicable. This time it was my computer. I had been out for a couple of hours. Upon my return, the computer was malfunctioning. It was a panic and anxiety filled situation as the one person who could help me was away. I did the usual fix which was to shut down and restart. That did not work. Being blind, I had no idea if there was a message on the screen since my screen reader was not working either. I phoned my son-in-law, who is not a tech person, but might have a clue. He, my daughter and their dog came over. There were messages on the screen which were like a foreign language to us.
I phoned Microsoft Disabilities, the tech service to those with a disability. They were not much help since they could not remotely connect to my computer. The tech did say to try to back up everything in case the worst happened. Fortunately, we were able to do that. My son-in-law tried a few things hoping to decipher the screen messages. Finally, he turned the computer off.
My anxiety level was climbing as I had a class to teach in a couple of days and everything I needed was on the computer. I was so glad the dog was with us as he is my therapy dog. He is cuddly and helped temper my anxiety. After a few minutes S started the computer to see what would happen. Miraculously, it began doing normal computer things, my screen reader returned asking for the password. I typed it in. Lo and behold, everything was back up and running. Relieved and beyond grateful. I can only hope and pray all will be well for a long time
Then along came number 3. Fortunately, what at first seemed like having to buy a new TV, got resolved fairly quickly. After the morning news I turned the TV off and went on with my day. When I later turned it on again, nada. NO sound. Of course, I could not know if there was anything on the screen. No one was around to help me. Before hitting the panic button, I went through a check list. First, I turned my other TV on to see if it was a service provider outage. The second TV was working. Next, I did a reboot. Nada. Then I changed the batteries in the remote. Nada. Next, I turned the volume up in case it was somehow muted. Nada. I turned off the TV and figured I would phone my son-in-law after work to once again come to the rescue. Meanwhile I go to the worst case scenario – having to buy a new TV. That thought prompted me to phone my daughter to see if she had some time to come by and check it out. I told her everything I had done so far. She asked if I changed the channel in case it was one of those channels that sometimes go out. Duh! Don’t know why I never thought of that. I turned the TV on and changed the channel. Voila!
There are 2 morals to this story:
One: Almost everything will work again if we unplug it for a few minutes, including us.
Two: The way we see the problem is the problem.
Comments are welcome.