One cannot know the horror unless they’ve typed a long series of meaningful words only to have them automatically deleted when the accidental instance of pressing two keys at once prompts the computer to blare across the screen: “Microsoft Word has experienced an error; if you we’re in the middle of something, all data not saved may be lost.” May be?!! The tiny window appears on screen and the document is frozen until clicking the red x, whereupon pressing this red x, all data is subsequently and completely down the toilet. This happened to me once when I was typing a story, and I lost much more than I lost today. I wandered around the room that day feeling the heat across my forehead from how much I was fuming about my painstakingly chosen but nevertheless, lost words. I finally got over that day of doom, but when I reencountered the horror today, in the middle of a paper that’s due in two days no less, I was revisited with feelings of mind-boggling aggravation. I remember the first time, I searched and search for a Microsoft complaint/email department so I could just send a statement that read, “ahhharrggg,” but I never found one. In any case, I finally, after fifteen years of using MS Word, have begun to develop my left pinky finger and my wedding ring finger (yes, the one with no ring on it) to automatically press ctrl-s to save my work after every sentence or two. What a horrifying thing.
In other news, I’m getting through the long, dreadful and lonely nights and tireless hours of quietude and desperation with a bag of tootsie roll lollipops: