HELP I’m being held prisoner


HELP I’m being held prisoner


Have you ever had one of those days, weeks, months, lifetimes where everything you touch electrical behaves badly?    It locks up in the open or closed mode.  It doesn’t matter which because the result is the same.  You can no longer access its functions.

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I woke with the vent hose to my portable AC blowing hot air in my face.  The hose had disconnected itself and the unit was flashing error lights as it tried to cool while heating my bedroom.   It would not respond to my pushing the off switch.  I had to manually disconnect the power source.

Coffee was needed.

Fortunately, there was a cup left in the pot and I just had to add ice to jumpstart myself.  No electricity needed.

My Mac responded eagerly to my login.  He had already had his system rebooted and a talk with the Apple tech yesterday.   Evidently, the thing to do when the computer is glitchy is to turn it off and disconnect all those cords.  Wait for at least 5 minutes.  Then replug and turn on.  It is wise to do this before calling a tech and paying $ for the wait time.


My ‘smart phone’ rang its Bells of Westminster Abbey tone alerting me to an incoming call.  I did not recognize the calling number but answered anyway.  There was no audible transmission.  Yet the phone indicated a call in process.

Yikes, was I being hacked by some mystery person or thing with a 601 Mississippi prefix?

When in doubt hang up.  I felt like a kid doing one of those telephone prank calls.

The signal would not disconnect when I pressed the appropriate key.  I did the MAC recommend thing and turned off the phone, waited 5 minutes and turned it on.

The call was still registered and I couldn’t end it.  CREEPY.

I considered dumping the phone in a tub of water.

The coffee must have kicked in because the idea of irreplaceable damage floated into consciousness.  After releasing the thought of alien invasion, I tried the MAC trick again.

I cut the power.

This time it worked.  My call was disconnected leaving only the offending telephone number in the registry.   I deleted it.

I feel there is a metaphor for life in these encounters (see bolded text above)  and am reminded of the

Law of Divine Compensation.


If your thoughts are binding you, turn them off.

If fear is flowing, refocus.

If your beliefs or habits of thought no longer serve you, change them.


6 responses »

  1. Sorry to find your misfortune humorous, but this is hilarious. Fortunately for me, my technology functions properly. Well…I don’t know what properly is, but I’m sure I found a kind of golden formula. Rule #1: do not expect it to work properly. I could go into the sociological explorations of relying on functions to continuously construct individual realities, but, as it usually is with sociology, that would be useless.


    • No apology needed. It was suppose to be humorous. I am curious about your sociological statement “of relying on functions to continuously construct individual realities”. Is this the same as ‘cultural concensus trances’?


  2. I could not touch office equipment- copy machine in particular when in grad school.
    I decided the machines did not like my CEU- this contiues when I’ve gone to CE acheiveing confereences.! Office equipment is built for the auto-pilot worker- no forward thinking allowed.
    And no Spell check!!! xo – your sis


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