Monday, August 22, 2011

Wish I'd had this about 6 years ago...

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It was a dark and stormy night.  No, honestly, it was.  That wasn't just some lead in to pique your interest.  Did it? Back to the story.
It was a dark and stormy night.  I was blissfully unaware, asleep in my bed.  I didn't discover the travesty until later the next day whereupon I attempted to log on to our home computer to finish a paper for a British Literature class at college.
The computer would not turn on.  We were informed not long after that the electrical box outside out house had been struck by lightning during the storm, which had zapped power to our house for a while.  Eventually, through come computer wizards over at the computer wizard store (You know the one.  The one where they can fix anything, no matter what?) that our computer was completely fried - with absolutely no way of recovering ANYTHING that had been there.  All they could do was reinstall everything and start us over from scratch.
I cried.  I'm not kidding.  I cried.  Why?  POOF!  The creative writing assignments I'd completed and were saving for my portfolio?  Gone.  All of the countless papers, assignments, creative projects I'd worked on were GONE.  Forever.  And that paper I needed to finish or British Literature?  Well, it was due the next day.  15 pages.  I had to start completely over.  What was worse than that?  There went thousands upon thousands of my photos - the trip I'd just taken to London and Amsterdam; GONE!  The road trip to Florida; GONE!  Visiting my cousin in Utah; GONE!  Those are things I will never get back; images that will live in my memory alone - and we all know that's not holding up so well...
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Carbonite would help me today with the bazillion of photos I use on this blog - projects, kid photos, photography contests... I'd be devastated if I lost them all.  Go check out Carbonite to learn more.  Mention the offer code BLOGAD and you'll get TWO MONTHS FREE with your purchase!  What's more, you can use the free trial for 15 days first!  (So that's like two and a half months free, really, if you think about it...)
While you do that, I'm going to take a moment to mourn and lament the loss of the only proof I had that I did, indeed, travel outside the US.

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