Oh MacBook, How I’ve Missed You….

I was so excited to get a call from Apple two weeks ago to come and get you- only to be disappointed by mixed messages and crossed signals.

You were not ready to come back home- in fact, more intense (and more expensive) work was required. But how could I not consent to additional work to restore you to full function- even if it was 10x the original estimate?

You’re worth it- besides, if this repair succeeded, it would be about one quarter of the cost to replace you. I can’t afford to be extravagant but I cannot be computer-free- more my want than actual need.

A call left on the answering machine yesterday by a girl (apparently in training to become an auctioneer) to come and get you (again) elicited a more cautiously optimistic response.

But home you are now and the ache of three weeks without you are starting to fade.

I didn’t think it would be so traumatic since I have access to an inferior PC at work. The anticipated week without access induced anxiety mitigated somewhat by the understanding that this separation was necessary but the wait stretched to two and then three weeks….

While not excruciating, it really was an illustration of my dependency on you, technology. I’ve laughed at people who can’t go to the bathroom without their cell but maybe I’ll pause before I judge and roll my eyes at those who feel naked unless they have their work phone, personal cell, laptop and e-reader with them at all times.

Due to a defect in design- resulting in chippage at certain stress points- the top case and keyboard were replaced. You look infinitely better but you feel different.

After three years of wear and tear, the internal and external lift will, in time, become familiar again. In the fast-paced world of tech, you would be considered middle aged at best but I hope we beat the odds and have at least another one or two more years together.

I remain ever cautiously hopeful but I’d better start backing up everything to prepare for the inevitable. This is the Year of the Rabbit after all- a year that considers caution and prudence to be much more virtuous than devil-may-care bravado….

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~ by angryegg on March 17, 2011.

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