... because I'm writing this on my phone. My laptop's sudden refusal to boot this morning caps this year of technical difficulties, several of which were specific to the machine: the fried adapter, the bad sector. Add the recent fridge fiasco and the midyear failure of a backup drive to the list of unfortunate electronic events and you begin to wonder what else is about to go.
I'd be a lot less incensed -- these things can happen to any appliance over time, and the laptop had reached an average lifetime when its performance started going downhill -- if I hadn't been nearly done editing and commenting on a good friend's application essay for a Ph.D. program. I'd promised him the draft notes by today. I'm hoping he can take a week's delay so D can rescue the file when we get back to Seattle, but if not, I've got a lot of text to reconstruct this afternoon.
2012, you are on notice.
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