Michelle Smiles

Teaching my children to question authority, except mine.

Not an April Fools post


gateway_pacific_blue_laptopSteve surprised me with a new (refurbished) laptop about a month ago. (It is blue and pretty. And I will love him and pet him and I will name him George.) (If you don’t get the Bugs Bunny reference you are too young to read my blog.) My 4 year old laptop had been throwing the blue screen of death around for about 6 months and we weren’t sure how many more times we could revive her. The new one was “too good a deal to pass up” according to my geek husband. (You need to keep in mind that he is a software engineer and is wicked smart about all things computer.)

Saturday there was a huge storm. Tornadoes flying about. Wind whipping lawn furniture around. The power went on and off a few times. Skies an eerie color that make you wish you had a basement. The world is ending kind of thing. After it passed, I tried to turn on my laptop. Nothing. Steve tried. Nothing. Neither of us could believe that the 5 week old laptop had been zapped by the storm. (No surge protector. Stupid, I know.)

Steve calls customer service hoping maybe they wouldn’t ask questions and that “It’s dead” might be sufficient to invoke the warranty on the refurb. Steve rolls his eyes as they ask him to walk through the basic manual steps to revive it. (He mocks these kind of customer service people because they are reading from manual and generally know much less than he does. But he is nice to them and plays along.) You know…the “sir did you reboot it?” variety. After he walked through a few steps with them, to Steve’s astonishment, the laptop booted up.

He realized that the plug jack in the back is loose. It wasn’t making a good connection on Saturday and the battery got drained so it was dead. Because of the storm we just made the assumption that it was zapped without really investigating. Heh. I can now harrass my geek hubby with “Sir is it plugged in?” jokes.

There is a little bit of joy when my genius hubby has blonde moments too.

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12 Comments to

“Not an April Fools post”

  1. On April 1st, 2009 at 6:18 am Julie P Says:

    LOL – I have a simliar story about my electrical engineer trained partner (aka Becky) thinking her lamp was broken and it fact it was just not plugged in. Alas she is blonde so doubly fun for me.
    Very cute that Steve surprised you with a laptop – gotta love the guy who knows the way to his sweetie’s heart is thru a new computer!

  2. On April 1st, 2009 at 6:33 am Vanessa Says:

    LOL!! I think I would ahev to hassel him a little too!

  3. On April 1st, 2009 at 6:57 am Tina Says:

    That is too funny. I would definately harrass him…lots. And we use that Bugs Bunny reference all the time in our house. 🙂

  4. On April 1st, 2009 at 9:29 am Laura Says:

    This is way too funny. My hubby is a computer engineer. So far, no technical funny stories.

  5. On April 1st, 2009 at 10:04 am Rhonda Says:

    OMGOSH, now that sounds like something my “geek” husband would do!!!!! I had to truly chuckle!!!

  6. On April 1st, 2009 at 10:41 am Rachael Says:

    Very funny, although I’m sure he was not amused.

  7. On April 1st, 2009 at 10:49 am Anne Says:

    LOL! And I loved the Bugs Bunny reference (does that mean we are getting old??!!):)

  8. On April 1st, 2009 at 12:46 pm Mel Says:

    LOL. That would be me,not checking the plug.

  9. On April 1st, 2009 at 2:40 pm Heather Says:

    So funny! And I have a friend who just named her new son George. I use the Bugs Bunny line whenever I see him!

    Once my DH didn’t turn off the power to the area of the house where he was installing a ceiling fan. I asked him if he wanted to (knowing that he should). He said he’d be fine and then immediately zapped himself. And he went to school to be an electrician and decided later to go to college to be an electrical engineer! And I always scoff at first-level helpdesk manual readers. I’ve been in computers way too long too. I bet I would’ve not noticed the power cord right away too!

  10. On April 1st, 2009 at 9:13 pm Bobbi Says:

    Oh, that was precious. SOmething that would happen to me, but precious!! Enjoy those moments

  11. On April 2nd, 2009 at 7:52 am Dana Says:

    Glad to hear your computer is working again and it was an easy fix. Not long ago I had no internet service. I called my internet provider to come to my house after working with them on the phone for about an hour with no results. The guy came to my house and was here for 2 hours trying to find the problem. He finally comes downstairs and tells me the button for the wireless was off. I thanked my daughter for holding up my internet and thanked the cable guy for figuring it out but I wondered why that isn’t one of the first things they check. I’m not that computer savy so it didn’t even occur to me to check it myself. I do now if there’s a problem. Your blog is great Michelle.

  12. On April 2nd, 2009 at 9:43 am elle Says:

    Yes, that is the running joke around here. “Is it turned on?” “Is it plugged in?” “What did you do to it?” I just skip to the “what did you do to it” part because… well, odds are he did something wrong.

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