When I woke up yesterday morning and discovered (while posting on Teri’s blog) that my “d” key didn’t work, I thought it was just a stray crumb. Alas, the key depressed, but no letter appeared. The key depressed, and then so did I.
But I am a somewhat resourceful clause. In a desperate gambit to expand my Adjunct Clause empire, I went to my Second Job (which is over for the summer) and used the computers there to apply to teach a class. My current editing project does not require a lot of rewriting. So back at home I mostly added hyphens, wrote out queries, and pasted the letter “d” where necessary.
However, after lunch, the “e” key went too. There are two “e”s in my first name alone. Not being able to get to my email was a low blow, computer. Mocking me on Facebook did not help, Sarah W. (although it was possibly funny). I limped through my last paper, and sent it in. Because I had to cut and paste both my “e”s and “d”s, the “Here’s my paper, thanks!” email took me fifteen minutes. Let’s not even talk about the author queries.
Such a pathetic picture: Indy Clause in her extraordinarily warm and humid apartment, cutting and pasting the most common letter in the English language. But hope was in sight! Her friend B works in IT. She has stray keyboards coming out of her ears, just about. The exchange happened in a bar. It wasn’t even subtle, as I misjudged how big a keyboard was and brought along a too-small bag. (Insert is that a keyboard? joke here.) Thank god I don’t have a drug habit. I’d be busted immediately.
And so I am reunited with the letter “e” and the letter “d” and can write again. B tells me that business computers have a 3-year lifetime. My computer is three years old. Buying a computer seems ridiculously wasteful when I now have an external keyboard. And yet, my (work)life isn’t worth living when my computer goes. And it’s good for the taxes. (Freelancing has very little overhead, which seems great at first, until April when you realize that because no one withholds taxes from your earnings that if you have no expenses you owe the government a lot of money.)
And maybe I’ll keep this one as a backup.
What can you not live without?