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Damed if I do

3 November 2011

We’re having a computer shortage in this house right now. (I know, boo hoo, First World problem.) Normally, I have my laptop (the oldest Mac in the house — can’t handle Office X, that’s how old), we have the big desktop iMac in the living room, and the Consort has both the laptop he bought to replace the university-owned one that was stolen, and the replacement one the university got him (three years after the theft [don’t ask — I don’t understand it, either]).

Usually the girls share the extra laptop and the iMac. Not without groaning and moaning — nobody likes a desktop chaining you to a particular spot and an uncomfortable chair. Lately, with both of them competing in Debate, and evidence and “flows” migrating to electronic versions (this is a good thing — in previous years, we were killing a 300-ft sequoia every month with their amount of paper usage), there has been high demand for the extra laptop. I’ve offered my laptop for those weekends that both girls are competing, and that was a fine stopgap measure.

This week, though, both of the Consort’s computers are being held for ransom in the IT department. I have no idea how there can be so many incompetent IT personnel in one place (wait, I know: they “retired” the older guys who actually knew what they were doing and replaced them with younger, cheaper, and dumber dime-a-dozen guys), but they’re there — so an update that should have taken 3 hours tops is now on Day 3. This is also a prep-heavy week for Debate, so I have transferred the project I am currently working on to the iMac and have given up my laptop for the duration.

I’m pretty persnickety about my computer’s desktop. It can be messy, but it’s my mess. On the iMac, it’s everybody’s mess. And what a mess! There are files all over the place, some are over one year old and they haven’t been organized or tossed. I don’t want to move any of them, because there is the off-chance I would get rid of something urgently needed for this week’s competition. This means that when I sit down to work, I see a file called “grindin guides.doc”, which I am sure is some technical term but to me sounds like a description of nasty dancing moves; another one that shouts at me to PLEASE REMIND ME TO KEEP THI…ENCE.doc; and a music file called Damed If I Do.m4a. I know it’s a typo, but I keep asking myself, what exactly does it mean to be damed? Is it film noir talk for a less-than-manly guy? Is is what happens when one of those ladies takes advantage of you and gets you to take a case you really shouldn’t have gotten involved in?

Turns out, it means this.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. 3 November 2011 11:07 am

    When the Sage started using a computer, which was only a couple of years ago, I lasted about a month, trying not to feel possessive, before buying him one of his own. I’m surprisingly territorial around my Mac!

    • Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
      4 November 2011 8:34 pm

      I’m not the nicest sharer, I’ll admit. I don’t like them downloading anything onto my computer,and I don’t like them messing with my cord!

  2. 3 November 2011 3:44 pm

    Ha! Sorry about the computer issues, but I love the Alan Parsons link. Too funny.

    • Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
      4 November 2011 8:34 pm

      Alan Parsons is *always* good!

  3. 4 November 2011 3:44 pm

    I’m glad the typo was deliberate. I was most perturbed by it.

    Grindin guides.doc sounds the same to me too!

    And, our PC can’t connect to the internet if not plugged directly into the phone line. Do I win???

    • Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
      4 November 2011 8:35 pm

      Oh, my beth, yes you win. (Do you actually have to dial in, as well? with that modem sound I haven’t heard since the late 1990s?)

      • 5 November 2011 3:50 am

        No we do have wifi 🙂 Just a very old PC! The laptop and netbook are OK though 🙂

  4. 5 November 2011 3:43 am

    In those pre-Broadband days, I paid for a separate phone line for our son. My husband is always on the phone and a parent and a teenager can find plenty to be irritated about without looking for trouble.

  5. 5 November 2011 7:24 am

    Have you considered giving each person his or her own account on the Macs? Then no kne has to see anyone else’s mess!

    • Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
      6 November 2011 7:55 pm

      I’m sure we’d do that if we had to share computers long-term! But I don’t fee like expending the energy needed to do that for just a week or so.

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