All other things aside, all I needed was a laptop to write on.
And yes, at 10:11, that died.
Well, the laptop didn’t die but Word did. For days, the laptop has been a bit slow, especially when I was using the internet. Ok, I thought, that’s a wireless problem. But, it turns out, I was wrong. It was the computer telling me it was about to crap out.
I had sat down to start my writing and no sooner had I logged into Word, than it locked up. Crap. Things like that happen every so often. So I rebooted. Word locked up again. Reboot. Email locked up. Reboot. No access to the internet.
I tried all sorts of semi-clever things but not really knowing much about how a computer works (I mean, hey, it worked yesterday, why not today?), I feared that I would be like a blind bull trying to stomp on a little fly in a china shop.
Everything I tried, failed.
ACK!!!!! I was so close to finishing. I had, what 250 pages left? 2 days work. And now I couldn’t do a thing!!!
Finally, at about 1, I gave up trying to fix the damn thing. I decided my best bet was to restore the computer so I began that. But here’s the thing. I didn’t give up. If anything, I was more determined now to get some writing done.
I went downstairs and asked the concierge. Was there a laptop rental place? Was their a repair company? They said they had a business section with computers that I could use. “For Word?” “Yes.”
Cool. So I went back upstairs and took out the flashcard (where I had backed up all my files) and went in search of the business center.
Now, if Margot had been with me, I would have found that in minutes. But, being me, I got lost. Even WITH a map. Even with signs over head saying what was where. In my defence, this place is HUGE and sometimes it’s a bit confusing. Deliberately so. They make it winding and weird to disorientate the stupid (like me.)
Eventually, I found it but wait, their computers didn’t take my little flashcard. Dammit. They said they could take a flashdrive which I could buy at Walgreens. They gave me directions, which is like handing a rubik’s cube to Freya, and off I went.
The adventure was not over.