I remember when we got our first desktop computer. It happened to be a Gateway computer. Do you remember those? It arrived at the door in a box with black and white cow-spots on it. It was awesome! Greg got it set up after a long and frustrating night and we were in business. We weren’t on line yet, but we could play games and do word processing. The world was our oyster.
A Christmas soon after we got the computer, Greg bought us the game Myst. He and I were so caught up in it that we worked together to finish it off in a week or so spending many nights up to the wee hours. I haven’t enjoyed a computer game so much since. I remember though when I got frustrated with it, I would just click on the screen randomly until something or other happened. And sometimes that opened the gateway to the next level.
These days, four or five computers later, I’m a little more precise with my clicks although I know I don’t really need to be. I mean, I know that the random clicks I do aren’t going to erase anything or mess anything up that can’t be fixed. I’ve even figured out how to retrieve an SD card full of pictures that I’ve accidently deleted when I’ve made the wrong click, which I’ve done on more than one occasion. But even though I know how to do it, there is always that momentary second of sheer panic before I settle down and do what I need to get my stuff back. Let’s face it, I still kind of sit in awe of the Machine and don’t try to test my limits with it too often.
However, I do get very frustrated when I can’t figure random stuff out. Like when I couldn’t figure out how to answer people’s comments in an email. So I am grateful for all of the advice I get from my Blogger friends. Thanks! I’ve got it going now. Actually, it was a pretty simple fix. And it is entirely possible that I could have figured it out myself if I had been practicing the art of random clicking. But here’s the point, it would have been random and I probably wouldn’t have recalled what I did to make it act that way and sometimes that’s just as frustrating as not knowing.
Here's how I felt before yesterday:
Here's how I feel today: