Repaired Things

July 16, 2009, 9:17 pm
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2004: Powerbook computer is bought new.

2005: Hardcover book nosedives from high shelf directly onto keyboard, shattering P key. Rather than buy a new keyboard, silver P key is replaced with white iBook P key, the computer equivalent of a capped tooth.

2007: Mysterious damage is done to top case of powerbook, leaving disturbing blue scar. I still don’t know what happened.

2008: Age and clumsy dropping get the best of computer, and hard drive dies. Inexplicable moisture inside the computer renders it inoperable. A shell of a person, powerbook retires to closet storage.

2009: Moneyless friend and writer loses his laptop to virus. He cannot last long without some sort of writing instrument. With an external hard drive and a free copy of Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger,” 5-year old now-dry war-veteran computer is resurrected and works fine.

by Lily Mooney




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