Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Black Screen

"It was 'orrible. Simply 'orrible."
My new, fancy computer and no power to my screen.
No warning.
Black like death.
For two whole days.
Like a desert island.
In Freudian symbolism and doctrine of signatures I washed windows and drapes.
I missed you people.
Very much.
Thank you for being concerned.
It would be like that - a black screen - if something bad and horrible happened.
Instead, it was just a fail-safe mode that subbornly refused to understand that any surge danger had passed.

Remember The Button Box?
And the silver bracelet identical to one hundreds of years old?
Back on April 10-12, I posted its story, beginning at the "Hack Silver" entry.
At the time I had no picture of it and substituted a more ornate arm ring version from a Viking book.
I still don't - at least not a very good one.
My competence with a camera exceeds my facility with computers by only a little.
The one above is the best I can do for now.

But I missed you all so much.
O frabjous day!
I am re-connected!


Erik Ivan James said...

Well, my day is now brightened. For sure.

Dennie McDonald said...

glad all is well... I can so commiserate in the computer issues...

S. W. Vaughn said...

HOORAY! Bernita is back! *phew* So glad it was just a technical problem.

Ah, the machines that make our lives "easier." Who would have ever suspected they would cause such complications? :-)

James Goodman said...

Welcome back from the depths of the black screen. :D

Ric said...

My Lady is back!!!
Release the doves, ale for everyone!

Call off the Mounties; the Lady has returned.

Bernita said...

I think I'm going to cry.
You are such dear people.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Praise the Lord!!!! I am so happy that I almost broke out in poem! Well the thought was there....I'm still doing the peepee dance!

Ric is right! But I figured the Mounties might mess up (so whimsical, that I'm rhyming!) so I was calling GW to have the Air Force do a fly-over.

Ric thought it was funny that I'd cause an International incident!

Flood said...

Hurray! You're alive!!

When you didn't make your early morning rounds, I was disconcerted. Then when I came here and saw nothing new I panicked. I'm glad Bonnie wondered aloud where you were, cause I was going rather nutty about it.

Welcome back!

December Quinn said...


I'm sorry to say I wasn't afraid something bad had happened, but I missed you just the same and wondered where you were.

Does that count?

Bernita said...

Of course it counts, December, and thoughtful of you.
Bonnie, Flood, I feel like a prodigal returned.

Mark Pettus said...

To paraphrase Dr. Frankenstein, "She's alive. She's alive!"

Welcome back.

Sela Carsen said...

Calloo Callay!
I chortle in my joy!

Welcome back, B.

Ballpoint Wren said...

Sela beat me to the Calloo Callaying, dang it, but I guess I could still gallumph about a bit.

I thought you might've been on a trip!

Bernita said...

I'll be a week catching up on all the good stuff I missed.
Thank you, Mark and Sela.
Feel rather fraudulent - it was only a computer problem, but feel immense gratitude to you all for your anxious thoughts.

Bhaswati said...

How wonderful to have you back, Bernita. You were sorely missed. Welcome back :)

Bernita said...

I'd have given notice if I intended to be away, Bonnie.
I would never just rudely bugger off without so much as a by-your-leave.
This came out of the blue.
Thank goodness, it was easily corrected, eventually, but I'm such a tech-idiot, I didn't know what to do.

Thank you, Bhaswati.
I missed you all so. It seemed like a week.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

I just came back to see that you're still here...LOL...

Ahhhh...all's well with the world!

Mirtika said...

I lost my internet connection for a week once. That's when I realized how addicted I was.

Yep, I'm a web-junkie. Sniff.

Welcome back.

Bernita said...

Bonnie, so sorry I caused you anxiety.

Thank you, Mir.
One good thing: it led me to your interesting blog!

Robyn said...

You're back! Thank goodness. I was starting to have "I've fallen and I can't get up" visions.

Either that or you were on vacation. ;)

Daisy Dexter Dobbs said...

As one who is all but tied to her computer I can imagine how awful that black screen must have been for you, Bernita. I’m so glad all is well and that it wasn’t something more serious. You’re very dear to so many of us bloggers. :-)

Bernita said...

Thank you, Robyn and Daisy, for your concern.

Just ghastly, Daisy.You know. I just hope my internet provider doesn't decide to throw a hissie fit. I haven't recovered from this yet.
Robyn, the idea makes me shudder.

kmfrontain said...

Hellooo, Bernita. :D Glad you're back on line.

Debrand said...

I'm so glad things are ok. Bonnie freaked out, the world stopped, prayers inundated heaven, and breathing was very irratic. God bless. :)

E. Ann Bardawill said...

A likely story.

I saw you on CITY-TV snogging Ben Mulroney.

Hardware and software, indeed!

You shameless hussy!

Jeff said...

Glad you are back, Bernita. :)

Bernita said...

Thank you, Jeff. Nice of you...I still hate Hilary.

God bless back to you, Debra. Thank you.
I'm Bonnie's evil twin...

Thank you, KM...have some catching up to do on your blog.

My undercover gig as Attila the Honey, Bardawill?
That Red Tory? Snort!