Wow. Thanks to everyone, especially on Facebook, who read my recent blog entry about our computer woes and encouraged me that my manuscripts are probably NOT lost forever.
So, the converter arrived. Aaron hauled it up to the loft where we had the computer tower. It wasn't long before I heard him Christian-cursing. Words like, "shoot" and "dang" started floating down from the loft.
"What's the matter?" I asked.
"Bad news," he said. "The plug for the computer is the wrong shape."
Now it was my turn to Christian-curse.
Well, he called the Radio Shack store a couple towns away to find out if they had the international plug we were looking for. They did! Things were looking up! So, Aaron drove over and bought it, brought it home, plugged it in.
Meanwhile, I was sitting around daydreaming about what I was going to do when I got my manuscripts back in my hot little hands. Visions of querying, editing, second-drafting danced in my head.
"It's still not powering up," came Aaron's voice from the loft.
"Dang nab it!" I said. "What now?"
Yes, we called in the Geek Squad.
For those of you international patrons of this blog who may not be familiar, the Geek Squad is a self-proclaimed group of nerdy men and women that work at a electronics store in the United States called Best Buy. They wear white shirts and black ties, and sometimes (if you're lucky) pocket protectors and thick glasses. They're called the Geek Squad, not because they always look geeky, but because they know how to fix computers. I hope.
I talked Aaron into going with me TODAY to the Best Buy store. The Geek Squad representative tried to boot the thing up, but it still wouldn't work. He wasn't sure what was wrong, so we had to check our baby in. And pay more money to have a backup made of all our files. No problem. At this point, money is no object. I mean, we're talking about thousands of hours of work between the two adults in the family, not to mention all my children's pictures from their entire lives. This is priceless stuff here. I was happy to slap down that $90 to make the backup copy.
But for now, we wait, hopeful that all is not lost; thankful that there are people in the world like the Geek Squad members, who sacrificed their "coolness" to learn a whole heck of a lot about computers. At least, that's what we're counting on.