Not! The old laptop has been dying a slow death for the last year or so, and I thought it best to order a new unit in advance of its demise.
The old laptop has been dying a slow death for the last year or so, and I
thought it best to order a new unit in advance of its demise. And I did this
knowing full well that this Saturday from hell would follow. As I write (on the
old laptop) the shiny new laptop is trying to crank up (I guess), showing a
message that says, “Update 65 percent complete - do not turn off the computer.”
It’s only been ten minutes, what the hell. I wonder if this is as far as it will
again it is revealed to me that my entire business existence is so inextricably
tied to a personal computer that I cannot function without one. Yes, I will get
through today with a long “to-do” list for my IT guru, but tonight I will dream
of the days when my business world was complete behind the wheel of my 1981
Caprice Classic. All I really needed to keep me going was a cup of hot coffee
(purchased at a restaurant … most gas stations did not serve coffee that mere
mortals could drink in those days), a Cross pen (had to have some bling), and
my trusty faux-leather notepad folder.
pager, no cell phone, no email, no fax - just me and the open road (except for
the parts of I-95 and I-75 that were not completed until the ’90s). I love the
new technologies and all the great things they have done, but when they consume
large amounts of what would otherwise be quality time, my thoughts always drift
back to the old days. (Not saying “good old days” because these days are really
not so bad.)
the dang thing finally started. So I must now discover all the great new things
the new laptop will do, together with the many things it will do different from
my old one. A day of this fun will either serve to keep my mind sharp or will
frustrate it beyond recognition. Have a look at the December Editor’s Note
(which must be written today) to see if you can detect how the attitude might
have tainted my work.
Here goes. Deep breaths… calm thoughts… we can do this…
Damato of the Day Is ... "I Just Love My New Laptop"
By Rick Damato
Rick Damato is the editorial director of Roofing Contractor. He has held a number of posts in the roofing industry since 1974 and has contributed to the magazine since its inception in 1981. He can be reached at 770-331-7858 or on Twitter @RoofsByRick.