Sunday, June 21, 2009

I'm Actually a Very Bright Person

I worry about me sometimes. There were two incidents today:

1. Troubleshooting with my printer connection.

I spent 20 minutes this morning installing new cartridges in my printer and then trying to figure out why my computer couldn't find my printer. I plugged the USB cord into the back of the printer and for some reason, the print jobs would just line up in the queue but the jobs would be stopped.

Finally, this evening I found a friend online who professed to be "handy" at one point. I asked him to come over and look at it. He fiddled with it for awhile. He decided it needed an updated driver. He asked me where the USB plugs into the computer. I looked down at the carpet and handed him the USB cable and watched him plug it into the back of my Mac as I thought, "You have got to be kidding me" (you being me, by the way). "Laura you MORON." I played it cool as I thought, "That couldn't have been the only problem." Fortunately, it wasn't. The computer still couldn't find the printer. I was a little relieved to be honest. Then he bent down behind the printer and when he looked up he was holding the other end of the cable that plugs into the back of the printer. I swear that was plugged in earlier. He was nice not to make fun of me. At least I have an updated driver now.

2. Troubleshooting with my contact lenses.

Earlier today, before I headed out for Father's Day festivities, I went into the bathroom and put my contact lenses in. It's not uncommon that one of my lenses has some lint or something in it that irritates my eye so I have to take it out, rinse it and try it again. I did this a few times. I went out into the living room sat on the couch and thought, "I can see better without these," as my right eye tried to focus. I went back to the mirror, took them out again, cleaned them, put them back in and then want back out to the couch. My right eye felt better, but I had this strange sensation in my left eye, like my lens was so heavy it was sinking. I went back into the bathroom, took out the lens in my left eye and discovered I put both lenses in my left eye. No wonder my right eye felt so good.

No, I don't want Lasik.


Kelly D. said...

Have you ever seen "The IT Crowd"? Carter just showed it to me this weekend. It's a British sit com about these guys that work in IT. People call about computer problems and they just run a recording that says, "Try turning your computer off." Then it says, "Is the computer plugged in?" It's pretty funny.

Annie said...

Yes, but you gave me a good, hardy laugh yesterday, so thank you for that!

Steph said...

Hilarious! I do think you're a very smart girl, we all have those moments.

Ilene said...

No Lasik ever. Glasses at least make you look smart. Even if you aren't.

Kristi said...

Funny stories. Everyone is allowed dumb moments. I hope.

Anonymous said...

I don't know you, but I ran across your blog recently, and I think you're great.

I once had a printer problem that went undetected for over a year. It was kind of an extra printer, so it was okay that it wasn't working. But it still really bothered me that I couldn't just figure out how to make it work.

Every couple of weeks, I would try to figure out what the problem was, to no avail. Now, I consider myself a very intelligent, bright person. I'm always able to figure things out, so this was really bothering me.

Finally, I had someone come look at it and help me. The USB cord was unplugged, and that was the ONLY problem. It took me a year to figure that out.

So don't feel bad about figuring it out after one day. Next to me, you're a GENIUS!