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Cut Off!

Ok, I’ll admit it: maybe I have an addiction.

My computer is in the shop. I dropped it off with the Queen’s University IT people yesterday to have them replace it’s Mac-plasticky black casing. The computer had developed a crack on it’s front-side, and Apple have very kindly offered to pay for the repair. The problem is, I had to hand it over to them with a vaguely unsatisfactory “this will take three to five days…we’ll call you.”

THREE TO FIVE DAYS!? My computer is such a fundamental part of my life, it’s impossible for me to think of being cut off for so many days. I’m writing this on a friend’s laptop at the moment. I spent a chuck of time at the library this afternoon, using the computers there to sift through email and start some research. But man-oh-man… not having a computer to check compulsively is trying, indeed.

I’ve realized that I now have no idea what to do with myself when I come home — not having a computer has reminded me that my usual habit is to start ‘er up and check in. Ok, I’ll admit it: I check email compulsively. I hate the disconnected feeling that comes from not being able to instant message a friend if I’m feeling a pang of loneliness. I like being able to turn to the Internet when I need to know stuff. NOT having the computer is only proving how fundamental that silly piece of black hardware is to my well-being.

So what am I going to do instead? Maybe not having my computer for awhile will force me to become wildly creative. Maybe I’ll come home and pick up a book? Maybe I’ll crack open my art supply box? Maybe I’ll have to talk on the phone for contact, rather than counting on email-gratification? Maybe the whole experience will be incredibly good for me?

Anyone got any brilliant insights or advice? Is anyone else willing to admit to sharing my addiction?


Posted in SGS Blog 2010-2011, Student Perspective, Uncategorized
2 comments on “Cut Off!
  1. MissBuckle says:

    I know just how you feel, but going analogue does do wonders for free time. How about some baking?

  2. cait says:

    my computer died unexpectedly tuesday morning, i woke up and it wouldnt turn on fully. I had my dad look at it but im pretty sure its done for. I hope to god I can get all my information off of it without paying upteen million dollars.
    I am currently experiencing daily bouts of seperation anxiety and abandonement.
    I have no suggestions for you, I am on my phone every 10 minutes now until I can get a new computer.


    although, last night I baked cookies and it was really satisfying.

    I’m going to call you soon also.

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