Tuesday, June 30, 2009

How the Internet Saved Me From Prison

On the way home from our shopping jaunt, the mother was fumbling in the dark of the car, looking for a CD. She finally jammed one in.

"I hate to break this to you," says I as the CD began to play. "But that's MY CD you just put in." (We each have a CD in the car, burned special by me.) The fumbling begins anew.

"So where's MY CD?" barks the mother. "It WAS here."

It's there, I tell her. The fumbling and bitching continue. Finally, I can stand it no more and pull into the entrance of a cul-de-sac of a ritzy subdivision. I throw the car in park, flip the interior light on, and start digging. There's her Miles Davis CD. There's her Chris Botti CD. But the one I burned? Nowhere to be seen.

I'm overcome with terror as I realize what I think has happened: her CD already WAS IN THE PLAYER and then she PUT MINE IN OVER IT!

There are times I'd like to strangle the mother. (To be clear, I love my mother. I do. But, she can be difficult. And her issues with all things electronic is one of those things that lights my fuse.) And if there was ever a time I wanted to strangle her, it was right then as she insisted that she did not leave the CD in there to begin with. Then, it was somehow my fault. The restraint I exercised this evening is nothing short of legendary.

It was a long drive home.

But it would be the Internet that would be my salvation. And a lovely little site called howtomendit.com with this answer. I was afraid to try it at first, but I knew I'd not have any peace until I tried.


And I didn't have to go to prison.


Mama Martha said...

Good for you! The no going to prison and glad you rescued the CDs too.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the internet cool?! I can't tell you how many times my family and I have been in the middle of a heated game of this or that, and when we needed a rules clarification, BAM!, there's a site with a forum where others had the same question and shared how they dealt with it.

Glad your player survived . . .

Renovation Therapy said...


Do you know how many times my Mom has jammed multiple cd's into our car cd player? I am a freakin' PRO at getting them out now.

NV said...

MM -- I kept hearing the MonkeyGirl saying "There's no scrapbooking in prison."

COG -- The internet is fabulous. As for the player ... I'll find out in the morning if it's still working. (Have been too chicken to try it.)

JeanMartha -- Well then, WHERE WERE YOU LAST NIGHT?! Sheesh. :-)
Glad my 66-year-old isn't the only culprit. I'm still amazed that that emery board thing worth. I sure had no faith in it.

Vicki said...

I think you, quite possibly, are a saint. And I love the internet.

NV said...

Vicki -- A nice thought, but it certainly doesn't apply. (A Saint wouldn't have wanted to strangle her to begin with!) I was SO upset. I mean, it's Pearl and I've only had her two months! Luckily, it was a quick and relatively easy fix and the player works FINE!

Vanessa Rogers said...

My mom can't do anything electronic either. I will have to check out that site. Glad you didn't have to go to prison ;)

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