Posted by: GeekHiker | May 16, 2011

Balance… I guess…

Yeah, I know, it’s been a week.  A week since I did this post, and all of you guys left such interesting, wonderful, thought-provoking comments.  Then I promptly dropped off the face of the Earth.  Or the internet, at lest.

I will get back to that post.  Really, since I like the discussion.  Promise.

So, where did I disappear off to?  So glad you asked.

First, the up: I took the exam.  And I passed.  Which makes me two-for-three, so far.

Nice to have that weight off of my shoulders, though it does make the decisions I have to make a bit more complex but, hey, that’s a part of life.

So, I was feeling pretty good after passing.  Justifiably so, I should think.

Karma being what it is, though, it decided not to let me get too full of myself and my mad computer skillz.  The day after the test, the operating system on my computer decided to have… well, allow me to use the proper technical term: it’s frakked.  And I couldn’t get it fixed.  The data is intact (and, yes, I had backups anyway), but the computer simply won’t boot.  After a couple of days of working to fix it, I decided that trying to solve the problem would take longer than simply rebuilding the computer to a new drive.

Which is fine and all, just damn time-consuming.  I’ve been using the opportunity to do a little spring cleaning: only installing the programs I’m currently using, deleting files that I have no use for, and organizing years and years worth of documents, pictures, etc.

Yet I ended up moving all my old school papers to the new hard disk.  Admittedly, high school and college were *mumble, mumble* years ago, but I just couldn’t bring myself to hit the ‘delete’ button.  Go figure.

Still, one of the consequences of spending all the time rebuilding the computer is: no blogging.  Which is a shame, since I’ve got a couple of posts in mind, including a couple of hiking posts.  But I haven’t even loaded Photoshop and the GPS software yet, so I can’t start putting those together.

Bummer, dude…

* * *

Those hikes, by the way, were a few weeks ago.  You’d think that, first thing after passing the test, I’d hit the trail.  Not so.

Not so because a flatscreen monitor dropped off a shelf at work… and straight on to my left foot.

The x-ray shows that the metatarsal bones aren’t broken, so that’s a relief.  I’m fairly convinced that one of the toes is fractured, but it’s always so difficult to tell with toes.  Besides, there’s not much one can do with a broken toe anyway: you just tape it to the toe next to it and go on with life.

So, I haven’t been hiking.  And I’ve had a limp.  Awesome.

Oh, well, at least it’s healing.  Hopefully I’ll be back on the trail before too long, even if it is with a step-drag, step-drag kind of motion.

One thing I can’t figure out though: if the computer hard disk going down balances out passing the test, where does having a bloody computer monitor dropped on my foot fit in?



  1. You know, you really need to be more kind to your feet. This is like the bazillionth foot injury in two years!

    Building computers is cool. My cousin built me one. It’s pink. I called it the Pink Wonder but that sounded like a vibrator, so I just say that it’s an awesome computer that’s also pink.

    OH! OH! congrats on PASSIN YOUR TEST!!!

    • Miss McCracken — you had me at Pink Wonder! ROTFL!!!

  2. Congratulations!!!

    (and i’m going to have to recommend steel toe shoes/boots)

    • I was thinkin’ the same thing. . . and maybe a hard hat?

  3. Congrats on passing the test! I knew you could do it. It’s liberating, isn’t it?!

    GH, Master of Suspense, I think I know what the decision is about, but just out with it, okay? It’s killin’ me! (kidding) 🙂

    Hope you have a speedy recovery! I think the cosmic balance to hurting your foot is that you will make a decision (whatever it is) and it will be fabulous!

  4. Dude! Celebration for passing the test!! Whoot! Forget about the toe, fix the computer later, and savor the victory!

    I think I’m happier than you. I love passing tests.

  5. Maybe on your next visit for your foot, you’ll meet a super cute nurse who flirts back… As you said, it’s all about balance, right? 🙂

  6. I broke my toe and didn’t even know it. One day, I saw this big black spot on my little toe. I totally freaked thinking it was skin cancer. Turned out, one of those times that I run around barefoot at home, I whacked it and somewhat broke it, and didn’t even know. So luckily, no cancer. What are you gonna do?

  7. MissMcCracken – I think you should call it the Pink Wonder anyway. When people point out that it sounds like a vibrator, look at them with a perfectly straight face and say “you sicko.”

    Piper – Yeah, unfortunately, they tend to frown on those at an office job.

    SkyBlueStateOfMind – It is. I didn’t want to have to take it twice! Unfortunately, the clarity of pain hasn’t yielded any clarity to my decision!

    Narami – Still slowly fixing the computer, believe it or not. I enjoy passing tests, but I think I hate taking them more than I enjoy passing them!

    Seine – I wish! The nurse was a guy!

    ElenaMusic – I did that as a kid! Coming around a corner, smashed my little toe into the door jam. Ah, youth…

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