You know, my computer was already messed up enough. It’s been getting progressively slower. The meager 80GB hard drive is insufficient for pictures and music (hence the 320GB Western Digital external drive). The battery lasts for much less than an hour if unplugged. And you can see for yourself what the screen has been doing to me:
I have to wiggle the screen back and forth about 20 times before it finally “clicks” into place and starts working properly. Then if I bump it even slightly, it clicks back out of place, doing the same thing. I know it’s actually fixable without replacing the whole computer, but if I add up a bigger hard drive, new battery, new ribbon for the screen, and additional RAM, it will add up to roughly $800. I should’ve bought AppleCare.
Oh, and you already know about the mischievous J key.
So Friday, about 30 seconds after blowing out a candle, I made the unfortunate mistake of grabbing said candle and somehow shaking it in some manner. The hot wax poured out onto my much-abused PowerBook. I panicked and ran to the coffee/fridge/sink area of the office and returned with paper towels, but to my chagrin the wax had already dried.
The photographer in me took over, so I proceeded to take out my camera in an effort do document the mishap. I decided to include the offending candle in the shot, so I grabbed it again. Thinking that the two minutes since the spill would have dried the wax, I grabbed it too quickly. This time the still-(very) hot wax spilled onto my arm and shirt. I yelped, jumped around, and said some “pentecostal swear words.”
For those of you not “in the know,” pentecostal swear words include such timeless phrases as “ACHHH-KAK-KAK-KAK!” and “YEEEEEOW HA-CHA-CHA-CHA!” I learned them from my parents.
So here are the pictures of the day’s events. Note that I’d already scraped the wax off the computer (most of it).
After it spilled on my hand…
By the way, the wax did totally come off after much scraping. Luckily, the wax only spilled on the hand rest of my PowerBook. Only a few drops got on the keyboard and screen.