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Cruel and Unusual

There are some things no one should be asked to do. It so wrong and painful that I feel it is an act against god. It’s something so horrible that while tempting I still have to say it would be considered cruel an unusual punishment if we allowed this to be a punishment to inflict our most notorious criminals. Sadly I was inflicted with this terror yesterday.

I was a bit stressed out and quite busy with several computers that decided that they would rather crash than work when I kept getting calls and email with requests that made my soul shiver with fear. They were requests for technical support from my parents. We all know that the people who can frustrate us the fastest are family. Now trying to talk you parents through burning a CD and fixing a printer over the phone when they don’t know where their applications folder is located or what you mean by menu bar is suicide inducing. Luckily it only took an hour and a half. I’m glad because if it would have taken much longer I wouldn’t be able to do the nice little comb over I’m sporting today to cover up the place where I pull out my hair.

Cruel and unusual punishment indeed! I'm glad et_blackbird was here to help me clean the blood off the ugly sofa.

The Greatest Hit - Annie - Anniemal


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Dec. 1st, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
I know how to stop them from calling!
Use a thick Indian accent when you answer the phone from them.
Dec. 1st, 2005 01:52 am (UTC)
Re: I know how to stop them from calling!
Yeah, then they'll think they dialed Dell by mistake.
Dec. 1st, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
Hahahahaha =)

I'm so the opposite - I usually hand the laptop over to my parents whenever it goes berzerk with a "you deal with it" grin.
Dec. 1st, 2005 12:50 am (UTC)
You should see mine try to use a cell phone. They both have the same phone I do and I can make it do a dog and pony show for you.

Just from reading the manual. Duh, Mom and Dad!
Dec. 1st, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
We are all members of "the tech support generation."

My brother and I have been doing tech support for mother for almost two decades. Fortunately, Dad got everyone in the family Apple Macintosh computers ... just as I went to work for Apple in the late 80's.

It helps a lot that I have the same computer, so I can walk Mom through menus & stuff. The main question is whether she remembers what I've taught her, but she does take notes...
Dec. 1st, 2005 05:15 am (UTC)

great story. I'm SOOOOOO lucky that my mom knows more than i do. so does my grandpa. sooo lucky!
Dec. 1st, 2005 10:36 am (UTC)
true to form i read this part first: I'm glad [info]et_blackbird was here to help me clean the blood of the ugly sofa. ummm... yeah... of course i hurriedly read the rest of post to see what happened and was relieved to find out monkey was just being over-dramatic.

i hope you guys have a lot of fun (who am i kidding, of course you are!).
Dec. 1st, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
Don't feel bad. We've had Direct TV for about 15 years and Allan still doesn't know how to turn it on or off.


Dec. 8th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
Hahahaha! Poor you! It was a pleasure to help you relax and forget about the awful ordeal of helping your father with IT problems! They say a doctor should never treat members of his families: I guess it's also true for IT specialists and members of their families!
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