There is a downside to using computers—people expect you to know
everything about them, especially the ones they use.
The knock on the door proved to me one of my neighbors, a woman in her late
40s/early 50s taking care of her elderly mother. She wanted to know if I
had a copy of Windows 98 she could borrow (shhhh). I don't but my roommate
Rob does. He
was currently using the CD but he would lend it to her once he was finished.
About an hour later he was finished. We were on our way to Shane's house for
a bit of Half-Life and I decided to drop off the CD to my neighbor. I would
meet up with them later.
I had intended to drop off the CD.
I ended up being stuck for an hour trying to troubleshoot a Windows problem
and not wanting to install Windows 98 on a 16M 486 that was barely
running Windows 95.
“Should I install Windows 98?” she would ask.
“It's really up to you,” I said. “If you really want to, it's up to
“Funny,” she said. “Everybody I talked to said the same thing.” She
peered closer. “Nobody wants the responsibility if it fails, right?”
“Yup. And I don't even use Windows.” Not that she believed me
for a minute. I use computers. I have computers. Therefore I know
I never did end up at Shane's house.
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