This is me going cold turkey, hands shaking, reaching out for the keyboard that isn’t there. Drawn with a Sharpie on a yellow legal pad before leaving the office at 8:00 p.m. and colored in Photoshop.

My sturdy laptop crashed Friday night after I installed Outlook (I HATE MICROSOFT!). I was able to apply a bit of first aid and kept it limping along, until I could get it to the emergency room today (the computer tech’s office at work) . With his wonderful bedside manner he applied his warm stethoscope, ran a few tests and shook his head sadly.

The only solution seems to be a lobotomy…a thorough brain washing…in other words, a complete reformat of the hard drive and reinstallation of the operating system and all the software and files. It’s going to take a few days.

Since I might not be able to post or visit blogs for a few days, I made this quick sketch of me to post before leaving work. I was thinking it might be kind of nice to have no computer at home, that maybe I’d do some painting after work.

Except now, after finishing my work at around 7:00, it’s already nearly 8:00 p.m. and I’m still at work. By the time I commute home in the freezing rain and have dinner, it will practically be time for bed.

Things to be grateful for:

  1. Excellent technical support at work so I don’t have to do all the work of the reinstall, just some of it.
  2. A nice clean reinstall so the computer should be like new again.
  3. I didn’t get in trouble for installing Outlook (which I need to synch my iPhone with my calendar and address book but which my company doesn’t support because it’s too full of security holes that most viruses are specifically written for).
  4. It will be warm and cozy when I get home all wet and cold.
  5. I finally caught up on all my email at work today.
Cartoon art, Life in general, Sketchbook Pages

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  1. I’m sorry for the computer that kicked out, but on the othere hand, as you say, now you can spend some good solid time painting.Good luck

    ~Thanks Ronell, Sadly the painting time didn’t happen, though.


  2. Oh hon, I am right there with you!!!!! Computer problems frustrate me like nothing else!!! I”m sending some virtual electrical charges and a bit of virtual computer-ess …!!!!


  3. Jana I can certainly feely your anguish. My computer is in the process of taking its last breath. Nothing is working and I’m in the process of moving all to a diff. computer. Some things move easy some do not….. I could just scream. All this when what I’d rather be doing is painting, not thinking about tech. stuff. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Hi Nancy, I agree…although computer stuff often provides a great way to procrastinate when faced with a blank canvas. ~ Jana


  4. You poor thing!!! Look at those shakey hands, take it easy, something nice and warm to take the shakes away and know the patient is in good hands… GREAT DRAWING!!! I’d be lost! It’s my only link to the outside world!!!


  5. If anyone is ever bummed out all they need to do is view your site. Instant relief to make one feel better. You are very entertaining and funny. I always enjoy seeing what type of art you will post next. Go Jana! You are a therapy site and here you thought you were just an art site!!!!!

    Terry, Thanks for the wonderful comment. You made my day! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy my crazy rants and free therapy (ha ha).


  6. Good to keep your sense of humour though! Oh dear, life without a computer is weird. When I was last overseas I just had to find an internet cafe to check email, Fiji news, etc. etc. Peceli also was able to find internet cafes to post to me every second day, send photos, etc. What would we all do if it all came crashing down for a week?


  7. Jana between this post and the one before (karma) I sure hope some good karma is coming your way. Think good thoughts. oh wait you do that already. ok sending you good light. šŸ˜‰


  8. Oh I love this sketch of you, Jana! It’s exactly how I feel sometimes.


  9. Thanks for your humor during computer rehab. Reminded me to think good things as I went down with the cold/flu going around. I was grateful to have an excuse to read at night and do nothing else.



  10. Oh, this sketch is so priceless. Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words!


  11. Thanks for your humor during computer rehab


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