My laptop is dead.
And when I say “dead,” I don’t mean it in the way my iPhone was dead last week. I really think it’s done this time. For real.
I was working nicely, minding my own business, when I got a black screen, a blue screen, and then nothing at all. With a frenzied, “No. No, no, no, nonononono!” I called my company’s technical support line and described what I was seeing. The guy on the other line didn’t say much. Just this: “It sounds like your Dell went down.”
…like I’d been manning a boat that had capsized, and I’d jumped ship.
I wanted to say to the guy that I’ve been down this road with my laptop before. Every once in a while, it waits until I’m crazy-busy at work, then kicks out and goes on vacation. So I hand it to the tech guys, and they wipe and rebuild it. When it comes back to me, it’s all relaxed and ready to go, like it just spent a few days at some lush resort for aging technology.
But this time? I think it just handed me its resignation and threw itself a retirement party.
So I’m typing on GB’s laptop. And I’m offering you two Roadside Shoes! while I look for a laptop replacement.
Columbus Roadside Shoe! This first shoe comes to us from my neighbor, Caryn. I like that she’s been tracking the progress of her Roadside Shoe since late summer, and sent me this picture a few days ago.
“It’s been fun to track the boot’s status over the past 2+ months,” she wrote. “Someone made the effort to move it off the road and someone cleaned up the political signs trapped under it earlier this month. Why didn’t they go ahead and just take the boot? Actually, I’m glad no one did before I got its picture. Enjoy!”
Caryn is awesome. A fabulous mom, and a truly good person. Not a bad photographer either.
London Roadside Shoe! My fabulous bloggy friend Sunshine of Sunshine in London is my London Roadside Shoe! correspondent. You may remember that Sunshine submitted the “Tawdry Roadside Shoe!” several weeks ago. And now, she’s gone above and beyond with this most excellent installment.
“I almost forgot about this:” she wrote. “On our way home from Ian Shaw’s concert on Saturday night, I spotted this Roadside Shoe! from the top deck of a double-decker bus! We were somewhere around Hoxton or Shoreditch in the east of London, and this was soon after midnight. The shoe is on TOP of a bus stop, along side what looks like a blanket. There was also a little doll on the far side of the bus stop, but I couldn’t focus my camera quickly enough through the bus window.
“So. A genuine, London, Roadside Shoe! Why one? And why on top of the bus stop?”
Sunshine has a knack for zooming in on the interesting and unusual—it’s one of the things I love most about her always witty, always interesting and well-written blog. That’s why I’m not at all surprised that her eagle eye was keen enough to spot such a Roadside Shoe! in such an excellent location. Nicely done, Sunshine. Top notch! (Do yourself a favor–visit Sunshine in London today.)
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