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04 May 2006 @ 10:02 am
Fucking shit  
I apologize for ever doubting you, Miss Nymphadora Tonks. Apparently, we're soul sistas, because I am just all up with the klutzy.

What happened? I broke my laptop power cord. AGAIN. For those who just joined me on my flist, here's the recap:

19 February 1977: Miss Sophia is born. Although she has no recollection of this date, she feels it is highly likely that she tripped coming out of the womb. This could quite possibly explain her twisted mental state.

On or around 5 July 1998: Brie the cat is born.

Fall 2004: Miss Sophia buys her 12" Apple PowerBook G4.

Several weeks later: Miss Sophia overbalances while sitting on her bed and leaning forward and jams a fingernail into her laptop's screen, causing a tiny scratch/hole to be permanently embedded in the screen.

Winter 2005: Brie the cat spazzes out and trips over the power cord to Miss Sophia's laptop, yanking it out and causing the little circle around the pin (on the piece where you plug it into the computer) to get slightly bent. The power cord still works, but the connection is a bit more tenuous. Thus starts a very unfortunate trend.

End of March 2006: Miss Sophia trips over the powercord while her laptop is sitting on a table, yanking out the cord and causing the pin to completely fall out of the part of the cord that plugs into the laptop. She purchases a new power cord for fucking $120. Here, Apple, take another piece of my soul. No, that's OK, you keep it. I didn't need it anyway.

The next day: The power cord seems to have stopped working, or at least the computer refuses to get a charge from it. Miss Sophia goes to the Apple Store, where her computer makes her look like a complete asshole by working just fine with the power cord in front of the people at the so-called Genius Bar.

The next day (3 April 2006, something like that): In a moment of panic upon receiving a call about her apartment being shown in two minutes while she still had an unmade bed and needed to change her pants. Miss Sophia gets up and puts her laptop down in a not very careful manner. The power cord stops working again. She takes it back to the Apple Store that day, where they tell her that the port piece inside the computer is fucked up (if you really want to read about the wangst, it's here) and she needs to pay over $600 to get it fixed. Oh, and she won't see her computer for a couple of weeks. Miss Sophia dies inside.

The next day: Miss Sophia finds an independent retailer who fixes the broken piece of her computer in 24 hours for $339. There is much rejoicing, but also a great deal of poverty.

And that brings us to today.

4 May 2006: Miss Sophia goes to pick her laptop up off the floor (where she keeps it next to the bed while she is sleeping; yes, she is that pathetic) and steps on the power cord just as she is lifting the computer, causing the circle piece of the power cord to get horrifically bent. The pin is also bent, although Miss Sophia manages to straighten it with her teeth. While the cord is still plugged in. Miss Sophia is lucky to be alive. It is only after she tries to fix the circle part with eyebrow tweezers that she realizes it's not a good idea to stick metal (or your mouth) on anything that is still plugged in. Luckily, the only indication was that contact with the tweezers caused the charge light on the cord to go on. No electrocution was involved.

Miss Sophia also worries about the fact that the port area in the computer now seems a bit dented.

Good fucking lord, why am I so goddam clumsy? It's like I'm not aware of the boundaries of my body or something. And the thing is, this will never ever change, so I need to just accept it and move on. I don't mind, really. Bruises heal. Embarrassment (e.g., after you've tripped over something in front of a bunch of people) doesn't last forever. BUT IT'S NOT COOL WHEN IT INVOLVES MY LAPTOP, MY BABY, MY HEART AND SOUL!

The plan is that I'm calling up the independent retailer who helped me before to see if maybe he can fix the power cord and then take a look to make sure I didn't fuck up the port again. If he can't, or if he can't sell me a refurbished power cord, then I'll just suck it up and blow another $120 at the Apple Store for a new charger. I don't know who's got more of my money these days, J.K. Rowling, Starbucks, or Steve Jobs.

And then, in the summer, when we're no longer poor, I shall buy me a new laptop, because Apple is now making laptops with magnetic plugs, plugs that involve no actual piece going into another piece that klutzy people can easily yank out and break. Thank you, Apple, for finally thinking of the klutzy people! We think of you...rolling in our money.

Note to new people on my flist: I occasionally bitch, rant, and whine, using all sorts of hyperbole. It's my way of making myself feel better. Don't take me too seriously. I'm not about to jump out the window. Yes, I'm annoyed, but overall I find the whole thing more funny than anything. I mean it bites, but damn, my immense suckitude and shitty luck is fucking hilarious.
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Current Location: Chargless misery
Current Mood: sucktastic
Ms. J to the Divajadeddiva on May 4th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
You are totally like me - I break everything. I was so scared of breaking my iPod, I bought this huge case which doubles the size of the poor thing because it's "shock resistant" (two years later the iPod has not bit the dust...yet...) so I understand how you feel right now, for the most part. *sympathy and such*
Miss Sophia: Srslymiss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Heh, thanks. Oh yeah, I've managed to scratch the hell out of the front of my iPod mini (well, that's actually quite easy to do) and mess up the earphones. But I think I'm going to get one of the skinny video ones over the summer...and when I do, I'm going to IMMEDIATELY put that protective film thing over the front, as well as get a nice protective leather case for it. I should not be trusted with THINGS.
A hug is like a strangle you haven't finished yet.: GoF courage cedricshaggydogstail on May 4th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, you sound like the only person to have as many laptop disasters as me! Mine haven't been as expensive, but they did involve much loss of ficcage. Woe.

Although, I'm jealous of you for having a better laptop than me to start with. *sulks*

Thank you, Apple, for finally thinking of the klutzy people! We think of you...rolling in our money.

Naked. Rolling in our money naked. Whores.
Miss Sophia: Draco - Teh Apathymiss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, if loss of ficcage were involved, I think you might be picking pieces of my exploded body off the streets of wherever it is that you live over in the UK. That would pretty much be the worst thing ever.

Naked. Rolling in our money naked. Whores.

Ew, starkers Steve Jobs covered in dollar bills.

Actually, I bet that was a magazine cover at some point.
princess valium: Awkward hugcalzamante on May 4th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, you sound like me! MrRuby won't let me touch electrical stuff as everytime I do something just goes kaput. And all I do is switch it on/whatever. So yeah, clumsiness, hyperbole, dark, self-deprecating humour - I feel right at home!
Miss Sophia: Srslymiss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
I'm shocked Mr. Sophia took this one well. He's always rolling his eyes and getting irritated at me for my clumsiness. Never mind the fact that he's way more mentally clumsy than I am, grumblegrumble. He actually was all, "Awww, that's a'ight" and supportive and stuff. I think I flogged myself in the e-mail I wrote to him (he can't get calls at work) enough times to make him feel sorry for me first. Manipulative? Me?

Srsly. I need to be kept away from all things involving electrons and charges and stuff. I'm apparently dangerous.
a brave little soldierrhombal on May 4th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
*sympathetic pat* I'm lucky, since my laptop has lasted through all 4 years of my college career without having to go into the shop. Which is pretty amazing considering how many times I've stepped on it.
Miss Sophia: Run Screaming!miss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
I'm actually shocked I haven't dropped my laptop and broken the whole damn thing. I've set it down pretty heavily before, but I've never actually dropped it from a big height. But I'm sure it'll happen at some point!

Four years is a great amount of time for a computer, user-inflicted damage aside.
medicinal_mirth on May 4th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
One of the advantages of having kids is when I do something particularly klutzy, I can blame it on being tired and preoccupied with what my children are up to. Makes me feel better anyway! :P
Miss Sophia: Draco - Teh Apathymiss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
Ooh, nice! I've done the same thing during the times that I've been on steroids (for my intestinal condition--not the same kind of drugs that bodybuilders abuse!). They make me scatterbrained, shaky, and even more clumsy (as well as bitchy one moment and then happy the next), so any kind of screwup that happened would be blamed roundly on good ol' Prednisone, even if I knew it was all my fault. It's always nice to shunt the blame off onto another party! ;)
Melisus the Weemelisus on May 4th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
There must just be something about laptops in general which inspire clumsiness and accidents. Just a few months ago I was home sick, and was curled on the sofa with my laptop and a trusty cup of tea. Well... the laptop and the tea decided to get VERY close, ie. I spilled it ALL over the keyboard and screen.

FORTUNATELY, it didn't fizzle out on me! But there is a tea stain on the screen in the lower right corner...
Miss Sophia: Srslymiss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
OMG, I can imagine the feeling of dread and the mental "NOOOOOOOO!" you must have gone through when that happened.

I've managed to splash small amounts of juice and bits of food and whatnot onto the monitor and keyboard, but luckily I've done no lasting damage.

But hey, I'm sure it'll happen at some point. It's pretty much inevitable. When I get my next laptop, I think I should just drop it on the floor, stomp on it a few times, and dump a cup of coffee on it, just so it can get used to what it'll be in for with me.
Coffeejunkii: ellie computer lovecoffeejunkii on May 4th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
oh, doesn't all that sound familiar! i did exactly the same thing in january. personally, i blame it on the american embassy in frankfurt because they made me get up at like 5am to get to the visa appointment on time. it was not my fault at all i tripped over the power cord considering i was practically asleep! [i also keeo my laptop next to the bed, btw. easy access and all]. i also bought a new power cord, only to discover that the port was broken, too. instead of shelling out hundreds for a repair i bought a new laptop, though [did i mention this was also a week before my diss proposal was due? why yes, it was. fun times...].

i'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you!
Miss Sophia: Felix Felicis (iconseeyou)miss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, our stories are way too similar. Yeah, I put the blame for the first charger incident on my cat and my landlord. The second incident, however...um...CANADA! IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT!

Well, all's well that ends well. :)
gijane7702gijane7702 on May 4th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
This is why I do not have a laptop. I would make Miss Sophia look like a fucking graceful ballerina!!

As for the iPod...I got the Shuffle. One, I'm a cheap bitch. And two, it's so small I dont think even I can break it!! *knockonwood!*

Think of I need to recharge for my trip tommorrow!! WOOT!!!

Miss Sophia: Rufus dreamily looks out windowmiss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
Breaking a Shuffle might be tough, but I'm sure I could manage to scratch one up pretty well.
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konishi_zen on May 4th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
That's okay. I do it all the time. I am interested in these slice of life entries...damn the sociologist in me.
Miss Sophia: HPatToD - Wand/Tongue OTPmiss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
Heh, glad you like this kind of entry, because I tend to do them somewhat frequently. :) Hopefully the next one will be about something less trauma inducing!
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lee: Fleursnegurochka_lee on May 4th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
Okay, although I am nothing if not sympathetic, and do not mean to mock your pain... that was one of the funnier stories I've heard in a loooong time. :)

The pin is also bent, although Miss Sophia manages to straighten it with her teeth. While the cord is still plugged in. Miss Sophia is lucky to be alive.

My lunchtime mirth is complete! Thank you, Friending Frenzy, for Miss Sophia! ;)
Miss Sophia: Dudley needs bulimia lulzmiss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, feel free to mock my pain. I do it, so everyone else should be entitled to as well.

Always glad to entertain! :) *curtsies*
ex_jo_blogs on May 4th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
arghh! I feel for you - I did the *exact* same thing more or less (ie. tripping over it, yanking the whole machine to the floor and bending the pin on the cord) with my ibook less than a week after I bought it. How come this never happened with my shitty old PC laptop? Maybe cause it weighed the same as 10 bricks, but never mind. I'm glad you're still alive.
Miss Sophia: Run Screaming!miss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
Overall, I think Macs are far sturdier than PCs, but not when it comes to the little pluggy-inny parts. And the parts for Macs are so goddam expensive. I think Apple does this on purpose. I mean, their computers are quality, so you won't need to upgrade too often. Howe else can they earn money? By making you buy chargers and DC powerboards OVER AND OVER AND OVER.

Thank goodness for this magnetic-strip thing coming up in the set of new Mac laptops. It's about time.
Rianrian219 on May 4th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
The pin is also bent, although Miss Sophia manages to straighten it with her teeth. While the cord is still plugged in. Miss Sophia is lucky to be alive. It is only after she tries to fix the circle part with eyebrow tweezers that she realizes it's not a good idea to stick metal (or your mouth) on anything that is still plugged in. Luckily, the only indication was that contact with the tweezers caused the charge light on the cord to go on. No electrocution was involved.

Oh, now seriously, that has just made my day. It totally sounds like something I would do. But my sympathies as well, because the threat of being without a computer is almost worse than death, I know.
Miss Sophia: Gryffindor Braverymiss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Seriously, I would, like, completely lose my mind if I didn't have my laptop. I'm Steve Jobs's bitch, and he keeps spanking me over and over and over...and apparently I love it.

I also apparently have no common sense when it comes to electricity and parts and stuff.
alabastardalabastard on May 4th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Amused, much amused. I do have the black thumb of death when it comes to electrical appliances, and watches, once had one run backwards on Me rather than the usual stopping.
Miss Sophia: Run Screaming!miss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, backwards? That's pretty damn special! I hope you kept it, because that's kind of cool.

I just have no common sense, and I'm completely all thumbs when it comes to practical stuff. I should definitely not be trusted with power tools. That might just bring about the apocalypse.
She Who Writes: rawrpetitecrivan on May 4th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
*hugs and protects laptop*

I hope you get it all figured out soon!!
Miss Sophia: Circle Kmiss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Miss Sophia: Voldemort is Bush! Aaah!miss_sophia on May 4th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
*stalks you*

OMG. Your icon is the best. May I steal?
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