ROSEMARY HARRIS: I think there's a line in a Woody Allen movie about one's appliances acting in concert and deciding to fail three or four at a time. Mine must have had a powwow last week because this week I've had a steady stream of - things that didn't work whihc in turn caused another thing that didn't work - me.
Computer died. the one that 3 experts and PC Warehouse said there was nothing wrong with. I resurrected an old one - just for the time being and spent a full day downloading drivers for it. I had a lot of shipping to do this week and wanted to have a movie on in the background - DVD player didn't work. Wanted to make sure I got to the post office on time so I checked my - kind of expensive - watch which I had serviced 9 months ago. You got it. Didn't work.
In addition, all the rain we've had has wreaked havoc on every door and window in my house so simply getting some air has been torture.
Why are these relatively small problems so exasperating? A tree didn't fall on our house during Hurricane Irene. My husband, my dog and I are all healthy. Is it that when machines or appliances stop working I'm completely baffled as to why something that was fine 24 hours earlier is now dead as a doornail? I'm fine with natural disasters but let the Ipod or the toilet stop working and I start snarling.
Can/do you fix things..or do you just pitch them? (not that one can pitch a toilet...)