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"Carefully, Carefully, Carefully, L-Y..."

September 6th, 2008 (10:22 pm)

Pictured in the ancient ICON present, made by my dear Jillian, is my first computer.
A Toshiba laptop my Folks gave me for my 30th birthday...(2000)
I believe Pop's words were: Ginger, please join the Universe?!

I called him MAX, and then PETER...(he got his soul swapped out at a point)
I listened to his hard drive grind out that clicking sound and stop...
I remember Stan asking me--Is there anything really important I should try and dig out?

"What do you mean?"

I mean are there files or, you know, is there anything really important saved?

Ginger ponders this for a moment.

"No, I wrote everyone's email address down in my journal (paper)."

But the files?

"I have them in there--> (points at literal grey filing cabinet she inherited from her
late paternal Grandfather
) I printed everything up!"

Stan does a head to palm plant.
And replaces my hard drive.

I hadn't learned that things could be saved, how to save them, or in fact...to trust
such a flimsy idea as a place to save ANYTHING.

I have fallen far since then.

Max died, and then....Peter--petered out.
He wasn't entirely in the bucket when my dear, Dear, Dearest
zutroy
Showed up on my steps with a birthday present that terrified and thrilled me:



Cassandra.

My Mac.
My Girl.
I wouldn't touch her for ages...had to get up the nerve.
She was different from the PC, he had made everything so trying...
I had learned slowly to use him, but with her it all looked different and was scary.

Then I moved a picture.
@_@
You are kidding me???
Really?

Wow.

Sold American.
I drank the Kool-aid.
She changed my whole experience of the internet and all its glories.

Cassandra is very ill now.
She was born in 2001, a loverly little PowerBook G4...
She was someone else's girl before she was mine, and I have been putting
a bit too much pressure on her of late.

I keep crashing her, I mean I think I crashed her...I got a blue screen one night
that I rolled over to out of sleep...
she had been playing too much Hulu I am afraid.



She makes an insect noise now every time I turn her on.
My Cassandra.
She is going to die soon.

I feel it.

This time?
I have my whole Universe inside her.

Such is the way of Cassandra........

Nearly, only a name.

*head in tired hands*

THAT

is why I haven't been around.
I am afraid she will die
every time I turn her on.

Comments

Posted by: Nicci (nicci_mac)
Posted at: September 7th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)

Oh hon that's terrible. I have my fingers crossed that she'll keep going as long as you need her.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: September 8th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)

Thanks so much!
Sorry I haven't been keeping up with LJ lately,
hope you are well.

^_^

Posted by: a fit of obviousness (theycallmegah)
Posted at: September 7th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)

I think you should back the files up sooner rather than later.

I might be able to help you with that.

But it sounds like you're in need of a birthday present.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: September 8th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)

I am socking money slowly away,
been difficult over the summer for ends to meet
but fall is always better for business...

I should have it by January if I can keep Cassandra
alive!

(may very well need your help in the back-up department...when are you free?)

Posted by: a fit of obviousness (theycallmegah)
Posted at: September 8th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)

Next week sometime, probably.

Posted by: Gregory Parks (tokenpants)
Posted at: September 7th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)

Oh no. Please take care of your friend and the memories she has in her (positronic?) brain. And many chuckles for the Tom Lehrer title. Bless The Electric Company!

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: September 8th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)

I will, I must, *sigh*
And thanks for getting the title, I knew you would!

*GRINS*

Posted by: Linus VanPelt (linus52)
Posted at: September 8th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Young

Ginger, I hope that you can get some help with the laptop locally. I would love to be able to help out in any way possible...
For now, fingers are crossed for you and Cassandra.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: September 8th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Achieved

Thanks Babboo!

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