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The Day My Mouse Died, Well Almost!

November 12, 2009

As the owner of a small business, I need all my equipment to work all the time. So when my mouse died a few days ago, I was frustrated and furious.

I had set aside a day to finish some overdue personal projects and by about 10:00 a.m., I had built up a nice rhythm. I was humming along smoothly when suddenly, my mouse just stopped.

I unplugged it. No joy. I plugged in another mouse, nothing. Finally, I logged off, waited a few minutes then logged back on. The cursor just sat there.

My regular computer guy was nowhere to be found and since I still had not transferred all my files to my laptop, it was of no use to me. At least, not then.

I could see the day I had planned so carefully slowly frittering away. Without the mouse I was just as stuck as the cursor, which was now blinking mockingly at me.

For a good minute, I couldn’t think of what to do next. I remember actually saying to myself, what can I do? I had been so focused on the day, I couldn’t think of anything else.

The idea of throwing the darn thing out the window thrilled me for a second. Then I came back to reality.

I felt I had lost an actual body part. When did my computer, and more specifically, the mouse taken over my life like that?

I called my sister in the UK. I hadn’t spoken to her in months. We chatted for over an hour, about my mouse, about my 2 year old nephew, whom I still haven’t met, about life. I realized how much I missed talking to her!

Except for a few people, everyone I talk to regularly is connected to work. When did that happen? (more…)