Oh, good, I was having withdrawals…

My computer is up and running again after crashing last Thursday. And I don’t mean any little old crash; I mean a knock-down, call the ambulance, this one’s going to hurt a lot crash. I may not race motorcycles anymore, but I can still crash things with the best of them. I guess the upside is that I can’t break any bones when the computer goes down.

The upside is that my files were backed up so, thanks to Ed, everything has been rebuilt and restored. All I lost was an interview with Scott Russell that I finished typing up just before the crash, which hadn’t been backed up yet.

The downside is that I realized, over the course of six long days, just how dependent I am on my computer. I nearly drained the battery from my phone each day, obsessively checking email, Facebook, the message boards I frequent, and even Twitter. Yes, I’ve started Twittering, though I only have a whopping three followers – two of whom I had to coerce into following me.

It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution, is it? If not, then I resolve to spend less time on the computer. I need to go sit outside with a book, play with the kitties, visit the zoo, keep up with sewing projects… and whatever else might come along in the “real” world.

Beth Dolgner

Beth Dolgner is a freelance writer and editor whose work encompasses everything from motorcycles to ghost stories. She is a devoted Boba Fett fan and a member of the 501st Legion.

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