Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My life is no longer incomplete

Captain's Log, Stardate 01.27.2009

Okay, that title might be a slight exaggeration, but as a writer, my life is in my hands. And my computer keyboard.

Those of you following me on Twitter know that a few weeks ago, I accidentally spilled water on my keyboard.

Captain Caffeine oh-so-sympathetically said, “Well, you shouldn’t have been drinking near your keyboard.”

But I always have water when I’m working! I drink about 10 glasses a day, more in the summertime since I sweat like a horse.

Well, I did the correct thing—I unplugged it (electrocution is not my preferred way to die) and turned it upside down. And shook it a little.

TWO drops came out.

I also tried compressed air to try to get some of the water out. More drops came out that way (but this might have caused damage—see below).

Then I called Captain Caffeine in a tearful panic, which is when he uttered the wonderfully encouraging words above.

I dried it upside down for three days, then plugged it in. It still didn’t work—several keys wouldn’t work.

Then the Captain told me to try setting it in front of a fan to evaporate the water.

So I did that. For 24 hours straight.

I plugged it in again. The C key still wouldn’t work.

I dissolved into tears.

My friend Tina’s husband worked in IT, and when the tragedy first occurred, he commented on Facebook that most of the time, the keyboard won’t last long after such abuse, and it’s better to just get a new one since they aren’t that expensive.

My shtick was that I had just bought this one! Like a few months ago. Sigh ...

So I bit the bullet and ordered a new one, which finally came today!

My life is once again complete.

This is what I was doing in the meantime:


And this is the new keyboard:

8 comments :

  1. I'm so diggin' that keyboard. I have an ergonomic keyboard at work. I love it. Too bad my MacBook Pro doesn't have one built in...wonder if laptops will ever go that direction? I type so much faster on the egonomic...**smile**

    Glad you got your keyboard, oh, and keep drinking that water...just maybe from a glass with a lid that snaps shut. **LOL**

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  2. Yeah, maybe you should use a "sippy" cup :)

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  3. Lynn, I have a MacBook Pro and just attached this as an external keyboard b/c the built in keyboard wasn't ergonomic. I don't know if you have room on your desk for an external keyboard, but it's totally worth it for me.

    And Captain, you be nice or you'll sleep on the couch tonight.

    Camy

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  4. I'm totally loving the keybnoard! Hmm...maybe I should drink more water....

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  5. D-Uno, coffee works, too. :)
    Camy

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  6. Hey Camy,

    Love the new keyboard. I totally relate to not being able to write. In my last job, I was doing a Master's online and when they forced me tover to 3 AM, I work work on my weekly papers. Once during a finals week, I had the "e" key die on me. Can you imagine? Luckily for me, there was a guy there with an electroncis degree adn he was able to pull the keyboard apart and fix it. He got a huge bacth of chocolate chip cookies he next week.

    I am glad you are back to deciding what a character can say or do and not be bound by a missing letter.

    Enjoy the water in a big girl cup ;)

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  7. Do you stand up to type? Is that why they are on boxes?

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  8. Reihaisha, doesn't it just suck when ONE KEY doesn't work? Aaargh!

    Jendi, yes, I do stand up to type. I switch between standing and sitting--the boxes are empty, so it's easy to move my monitor and keyboard down.

    Camy

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