I think we all know that most Apple products don’t mix with water very well? I certainly did, hence why in the 3 years I’ve had my Mac, it’s only been into the bathroom (very cautiously) 3 times! On the third occasion THE disaster struck………yes, that one, the one I had nightmares about, the one that would end my world as I knew it!
I had started to run a bath and turned it off as 2 of my beautiful children had started talking to me about totally different subjects. Only having 2 of them talking to me at same time was nothing I couldn’t handle, the cacophony is usually much worse, this was a walk in the park!
These items should never be introduced to a bath full of water!
Having said that, it distracted me, after a few seconds I looked around the upstairs hallway looking for my Mac and iPhone that I knew were together……nothing. The penny dropped and I rushed into the bathroom just in time to see Tabby, one of our……..errrrrrr!!!!……..beautiful cats, jump onto the cabinet next to the bath, right on top of my phone and laptop! It might have been my involuntary scream that frightened her and caused her to launch herself off but before I could mutter ‘shit’ under my breath, she pushed herself off the laptop as I watched, in agonising slow motion, both devices float into 2 inches of warm bath water!
Did I panic? Well, I guess that’s one word for it?! Having just watched my entire life being destroyed, I don’t think panic is really the appropriate word……my world stopped turning….
As fast as I could I dragged both items from the water and grabbed the towel, screaming at the kids to Google what to do if your Mac and iPhone fall into the bath. We followed what instructions we could find but to no avail, the Mac was well and truly ‘Dodo’d’…… Miraculously, the phone still works, one point in favour of Apple for managing to create a phone that can survive more than the most obsessively cautious individuals ownership. No points for me for thinking everything I did was backed up to the Cloud only to discover that I’ve lost everything on the Mac. Manuscripts, proposals, photos, my media stuff….everything……GONE!
My life is now in hands of Todd at Spaghetti Agency who has the power and the contacts to (hopefully) download the contents of my hard drive so I can get most of it back, that’s if the hard drive isn’t fried!
So, here I sit with my new Mac (courtesy of interest free credit and no deposit!) trying to piece my virtual life back together, except that these days my virtual life and my real life have become so inextricably linked that they are now ‘as one’, life as I knew it 3 days ago have come to an end, I am now re-building it.
The most traumatic events in life include bereavement, divorce, changing jobs etc…..they need to add the death of a computer to that list, I am definitely in mourning!
Please take this as sage advice, I took my laptop into the bathroom to watch a talk someone had recommended to me, I thought I was being super productive by watching it in the bath….killing 2 birds with one stone so to speak. Talk about backfire, the 20 minutes I would have saved have become entire days of trying to retrieve stuff, setting up my new computer and crying……..
OH YEAH……AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING BACKED UP SOMEWHERE!!