To be honest, I'm not so sure I should be posting tonight. I went over to my neighbours to watch some movies and I had 2 beers and 4/4 fingers of Irish Whisky so I might seem a little scrambled. 4/4 you ask??? Well, I apparently had 3/4 of a finger and my neighbour's husband talked me into going for that fourth finger.
Anyway on with the continuing saga of
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Kristie and Lisa - Bookshelf Assemblers
The last Saturday was a bust as Lisa had been having car "issues" and didn't want to drive the 45 minutes into the big city so Kristie went to visit Lisa. But even though they didn't build or assemble bookshelves last week, that didn't mean that Kristie wasn't working on Project Library. Indeed, she had been haunting Walmart looking for the perfect half shelf bookcases. As previously mentioned, she bought out the Maple line - 3 times. She now had 6 bookshelves ready to assemble. Now in case you haven't picked up on this yet, Kristie is not very good a certain things. Building and assembly is one of them. Anything techie like is another. Before Lisa arrived, Kristie decided to update her Windows. She had been getting this message for quite some time when she turned on her computer to "click on this link to update." She finally decided to go with it this morning. Big mistake!!! She updated fine, but when she rebooted her computer, she lost her internet connection. Now this is a BIG thing for Kristie as she is VERY DEPENDANT on her internet. She NEEDS the connection, the friends she has made online. To be cut off from them is a VERY SERIOUS matter to Kristie. She called her internet provider for help. And thus ensued a conversation that she is sure is going to make it's way onto the 'net sometime as one of those hilarious jokes that everyone laughs at and thinks "can anyone really be that clueless?". Yes, sadly, Kristie IS that clueless.
Cable guy: (anyone who has visited this blog for a while may remember cable guy. This time though, cable guy is someone different without the sense of humour to suggest she break into her neighbours house - the same neighbours who fed her whisky and beer tonight!)
This is "John" how may I help you?
Kristie: Yes, I installed a Windows update and now I can't seem to get onto the internet.
Cable guy: Can you give me your name and address and I'll try and help you.
Kristie gives the information requested
Cable guy: Well, it looks like your connection has become loose or something
Kristie: I don't think that's it. I was on the internet before I updated Windows and I didn't touch anything.
Cable guy: Well, it might have happened. Either that or when you updated Windows, the internet card was damaged. Unhook your cable from the modem and hook it back in again.
At this point panic began to set in for Kristie!
Kristie: I'm not sure what the cable connection is.
Cable guy: It's the black cord.
Kristie feels the sweat begin at the back of her neck and gets down on her hands and knees and begins to look around. She finally spots a black cord and unplugs it, waits a few moments and plugs it back in.
Kristie: But if it's the Network card, what do I do?
Cable guy: If that's what it is, then you will have to take the computer into a service shop as we don't support that kind of thing.
At this moment, the meltdown is beginning.
Cable guy: But let's see if it's something else first. Try disconnecting the black cord, wait 30 seconds and plug it back in.
Kristie: OK, I did that but nothing seems to be happening and the internet still has a black X.
Cable guy: Do you see a green light come on?
Kristie: No, I don't see any lights at the back of this at all. All I see are a bunch of different things going into the back of it.
Cable guy: M'am, I believe you unplugged something on the CPU. I told you to disconnect the black cable on the modem.
Kristie is now entering full panic mode and the meltdown is in full swing.
Kristie: Oh - right. But I don't know where the modem is?!?!?
Cable guy: It's the black box m'am.
Kristie: (looking around) I don't see any black box.
Cable guy: It's the black box with lights on it.
Kristie has melted down completely now. She has no idea what a modem is and the thought of being without her internet connection has completely destroyed her.
Kristie: I don't know what a modem is. I don't understand what you are talking about!! I'm going to have to hang up now because I'm really starting to get upset. I'm going to have to wait until someone else comes over and call you back.
Cable guy (in a soothing tone) : That's fine m'am. You just do that. You have someone else call in a little while.
I swear to all that is holy, that the above story is true!!!
Fortunately for Kristie, besides being the "idea person" of Kristie and Lisa, Lisa's job is a "network administrator" (although if Kristie has this wrong, hopefully Lisa will report in and say what it is she really does) Kristie just knows Lisa works with all kinds of computer stuff and will be able to sort things out. But Kristie is also aware that she sounded and acted like a complete dufus and is just waiting for this conversation which is recorded to appear somewhere and people with laugh and laugh and laugh!
Kristie battled to calm her panic while she waited for Lisa to arrive. She dusted, she vacumed, she listened to Great Big Sea and while she did this, the panic began to recede. Finally Lisa arrived and Kristie tried to explain what had happened just a short while earlier. Lisa raised her eyebrow, went into the computer room, turned on the computer and within 5 minutes solved the problem. Kristie kissed Lisa on the cheek. Now they were ready for the real task ahead. Assembling shelves.
At this point, the assembling of shelves is rather anticlimatic. It went well. The two of them quickly assembled four shelves and began loading books onto the 2 shelf bookcases. It soon became apperant however, that two shelf bookcases would not hold a bin of books. At this point it was 6 bookcases and 6 bins of books. Lisa came up with the brilliant idea of adding another shelf to the bookcases. This would work as the shelves were adjustable. Of course, this also meant another trip to a lumber store to purchase lumber for the extra shelves!. They proceeded to the smaller, family type lumber store that had been such help to them earlier - even though they didn't have pink hammers. Low and behold, they had lumber that was the same size as the bookshelves. Things were going remarkably well for our intrepid bookshelf builders! They purchased the lumber along with a few other "hardware" type supplies and were on their way. Again things went swimmingly well. The "library" is now almost complete. The only thing needed is a couple more bookshelves that will hold the books that are currently in Kristie's TBR pile. But there is no rush for them as Kristie is in a reading slump again.
So for your viewing pleasure - "The Library"
Hopefully, you can see her love of the seafaring adventure romances and note the three ships and lighthouses on the top of the shelves!
Unfortunately, Kristie is a very bad photographer and was still rather traumatized from the "cable guy" experience. Although she took many more pictures, none of the other ones she took on the digital camera turned out. She did take quite a number of a "normal" camera though, and hopefully they will turn out much better.
Ryan came by today and wanted his camera back *sigh*. He had plugged the cable into the back of the CPU. When I followed the (black) cable to where it was plugged in, I realized that was what I pulled out and plugged back in, in an effort to get the internet working. I guess that explains why it didn't work *grin*