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Why I Disappeared Last Night

Sometimes life doesn’t happen the way one plans it. That happened to me last night . Life handed me a lemon and I made more lemonade.

In July I bought a new when it appeared my old monitor for my Windows computer in Paso Robles had died when I had lot of deadlines to meet. When I got home with the new monitor, the old one suddenly came to life again, so I delayed installing the new one. I still didn’t feel much like crawling around to disconnect and connect cables, since I was only a couple of months past foot surgery.

Since I expected the export of my Squidoo lenses to HubPages to start today, I decided last night was the time to install the new monitor. I wanted to have everything in place by today. What I didn’t know was that the new monitor had to fit onto a stand we had to assemble. I couldn’t do it. The directions were incomplete, and even my engineer husband couldn’t figure out how to get the pieces to fit after struggling with them for a few more minutes.

This left me with two options if I wanted to get any writing done, and those were to reinstall the old monitor or go to the other house to work. It was already after 5 PM. There was no way I was going to do either of those things. So, I opted to forget it, read a book until bedtime, and take the monitor back to the shop where I purchased it and let them figure it out. So that’s what I did.

It turns out we had one piece of the monitor base on backwards, since there were no instructions on how to put the pieces together. It even took the techs fifteen minutes between them to figure it out and put it together. I got home about ten and still had to pack some lunch for us and do a couple of things on the computer before leaving to come here. I would have stayed there, but were we expecting more email from the Realtor for me to print out.

When I got here I took care of that business and then edited some material on my website to update. I just finished that, since I had to have both the Apple and the Windows systems running and the photo and mail programs, as well. Everything took longer with so many programs open.

So here I am, finally, ready to start what’s left of my day at Persona Paper.

Pictures and content are original and may not be used without permission, B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved

The photo shows my new monitor after installation. The desk is a bit too low, so I put the monitor on a book. I think it needs one more.

Image Credit » I took the photo

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OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 2, 2014, 11:36 PM

This is Guiness the Cat. If you'd only left the monitor stand assembly to Debbi, you could have gotten even less done.

allen0187 wrote on September 3, 2014, 12:47 AM

Sounds like you had to go through a lot just to set up the new monitor. Anyway, glad that things were sorted out BarbRad .

Maggie wrote on September 3, 2014, 2:00 AM

Congratulations for your new monitor. That looks great even though it has to be put on a book :) I think I should change my old monitor as well.

poddys wrote on September 3, 2014, 2:08 AM

I have never seen a monitor where the instructions are as clear as mud, but I have had plenty of other things that were a real pain to assemble. Pleased you finally sorted it out. My lenses are still on my Squidoo dashboard. I imagine people are going to spend a lot of time on Hubpages once they all transfer over there.

LynnWrites wrote on September 3, 2014, 2:52 AM

I had that happen with a monitor not long ago. It really frustrates me when something doesn't come with complete instructions. I finally called the place I'd bought it from and they tried to walk me through it on the phone, but I still couldn't do it. Turns out the slot in the back of the computer where the stand part was to snap in had been manufactured wrong, the plastic hadn't been fully removed so while I could get the stand end in the slot it wouldn't stand the monitor because it couldn't go deep enough to balance it. They got a bit frustrated on the phone with me. I finally took it over to their shop and they realized it was factory error and replaced the monitor with another. I made them put the stand on it before I brought it home...just in

thecoffeefox wrote on September 3, 2014, 7:17 AM

Do you speak German? Or Read German? Just curious.

LeaPea2417 wrote on September 7, 2014, 6:08 PM

Glad it was finally assembled. If it were not for my husband being able to set computers and laptops up, I would have to continually call a tech geek to come help me or take it in to a tech geek for help.

BarbRad wrote on September 8, 2014, 1:23 AM

That was unkind, Guiness.

BarbRad wrote on September 8, 2014, 1:24 AM

Up. I love the new monitor now.

BarbRad wrote on September 8, 2014, 1:25 AM

I just added another book today, but I think I also need a new chair that fits me rather than Hubby, who never uses the computer. It was given to him when he thought he might use it here someday.

BarbRad wrote on September 8, 2014, 1:29 AM

I have spent most of the day over there revising two transferred lenses that used to do fairly well on Squidoo compared to others. I revised the one I wrote about taking a trip to Monterey with my son. I almost answered your comment, which you left two years ago and I never saw. I also revamped my article on the Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado, and Me. That one took hours.

BarbRad wrote on September 8, 2014, 1:30 AM

One reason I took mine back to the shop was so we wouldn't break it and so they would see for themselves if something was defective. Good thinking to make them assemble the second one.

BarbRad wrote on September 8, 2014, 1:31 AM

Just a bit. I took two years in college and German grammar as a separate course, but can't remember much now. Why do you ask?

BarbRad wrote on September 8, 2014, 1:32 AM

I'm the closest thing to a tech person at our house since our friend, who used to do these things for us, died.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 8, 2014, 1:10 PM

That wasn't unkind. Just honest. Debbi is otherwise reasonably intelligent, for a human. Sincerely, Guiness the Cat.