The Lemon

My first computer was a work of art. Well, it was if you like art that sucks.

I’d decided after Thanksgiving 1997 while visiting a friend in California, that I just had to have one, and once I landed back home, I drove like a woman possessed to the nearest computer store, and forked out a lot of moolah for a device that would several hours later be obsolete. Go figure.

Proudly, I whisked that hunk of junk home, and began to explore all there was to offer from the online community. I was hooked from the get-go (and still am). Getting my very own email address nearly made me cream my panties, but that’s a story for another time.

Anyhoo, it all combined to make me feel like the Queen of the Universe at the time. I dropped the “Queen” title last year and adopted “Most Supreme and Omniscient Ruler” as my new moniker. Mostly because of how much I’ve grown as a person.

Of course, it couldn’t last. All the fun I was having should’ve led me to the obvious conclusion that woe and doom were on the way.

Much to my dismay, I discovered the “Blue Screen of Death” about four months after my initial hookup. And, of course, from that point on BSOD was a daily companion to my little “lemon.” Apparently, this machine wasn’t built for the long haul.

I later came to affectionately refer to this primary hardware purchase as the “crapputer.” But I have to give it credit: it changed me. It gave me a whole new perspective on what I could accomplish with my life.

The person I am now didn’t exist before November of 1997. Who I am, at this moment, is a creation of what I’ve learned in the years since I purchased my lemon and floundered my way online. It helped me grow as a person, both personally and professionally. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it weren’t for that steaming hunk of metallic poop.

Crapputer now lives with my mother. She’s terrified of anything remotely mechanical, so the fact that it’s a lemon is now a moot point. I’m sure it’s happier in it’s new home with no one screaming at it or banging on it with hard metal objects.


One Response to The Lemon

  1. quantumfauxpas says:

    This is actually a true story. 🙂

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