Today is one of those days when you realize that something which, in one moment, seems a major catastrophe is, in the great scheme of things, just a minor inconvenience.
The day started out well. I woke with the alarm, got out of bed, fixed coffee and breakfast, then sat down to do my morning reading, first a book I hope to review on this blog, Norman Podhoretz’s World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism, then I was going to read Karl KerÃ©nyi’s Athene: Virgin and Mother in Greek Religion, part of my research for my dissertation.
But, before I got to that book on the gray-eyed goddess, I thought I’d check my e-mail. As I did, I paused to check a few blogs and when finding that one link didn’t work, realized that I had accidentally unplugged my modem. So, I plugged it back in, then restarted the computer a couple of times and still no Internet. Finally, I called Time-Warner to learn that our cable was out for a while. Interesting coincidence.
A little frustrated by this delay, I decided to work on a piece on gun control and gays that Pajamas had asked me to write as a follow-up to this post. I had sent out a draft to a few friends who had reviewed it, with each offering some (mostly mild) criticism.Â I wanted to revise the piece to fix flaws they had noticed. Soon, I had done just that (editing by hand on a print-out of the first draft), so I sat down to type in the changes, then realized that whenever I pressed the key for some punctuation marks, another showed up on my screen. Weird that my keyboard would go bonkers at the same time my Internet went out.
I thought maybe restarting the computer might help correct that. It didn’t. Soon I was on the phone with AppleCare. Their initial solutions didn’t help. And then I learned (after being on the phone for an hour), I would have to reinstall my Operating System and could lose some data, so would first need to back up my files. Should that fail, I would have to take my computer in.
I had maintained my cool until that time. I lost it for a moment.Â Fortunately, the woman from AppleCare was remarkably patient–and I immediately apologized for my outburst.
Later, while running an errand, I realized that if indeed, I would have to take my computer in, in the great scheme of things, it wouldn’t be that much of a hassle. What this morning appeared a major inconvenience is really only a minor setback. I just needed to put things into perspective.
And realize that I could cut and paste (from other documents) those punctuation marks which did not correspond to their key on my keyboard.
I did finish my essay and may even get up those posts I had planned for the day.