The Most Expensive Dog Toothpaste Ever

Sadie ripped Porter’s ear with her teeth. Earlier, my son reached for something to shove under the bathroom door as a joke, and he knocked the doggie toothpaste to the floor. He didn’t notice it.

Porter and Sadie

Sadie loves dog toothpaste. You can’t actually brush her teeth because she struggles too much to eat the paste.

I was washing dishes when Sadie found the toothpaste on the floor. She was chewing away on the tube when Porter came over to investigate. The attack ensued.

My son screamed and the dogs tried to kill each other.

I dumped a pot of soapy water on them. They separated, but one of them lunged again. I grabbed the dogs’ water bowls and threw them. Water soaked the dogs, the sofa, the carpet, and the shelves. Everyone was breathing hard.

Blood from Porter’s ear spotted a cabinet door.

At the edge of the splash zone were our two laptops. A few drops of water streaked the tops of them, but they were closed, and I thought–no harm done there.

I took care of the dogs, my son, and the dishes. I sat down with my laptop and used it a while. When the power got down to below 40%, I decided to charge it.

It wouldn’t charge. After trying various things, I had to take the MacBook in to be repaired, pay more money than I had to spare, and live for days, DAYS, without my Mac.

Years of my life were happy without computers and the Internet in them. Well, such is life today. Some people lived happy lives before TV and independence from England. You can’t go back.

So now that I have my portal into cyberspace back, what do I do? I’m feeling more and more pressure to go ahead and opt for the e-publishing path…

But I can barely get people who know me to read my work…

My laptop holds most all of my writing. Most of them are backed up one way or another, but if I’d lost the Mac, I’d have lost a lot. But it made me wonder what I’d do without all my stories. What would you do if you lost everything you’d written?

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4 responses to “The Most Expensive Dog Toothpaste Ever

  1. If I actually lost everything on the computer? I can’t even think about it – it makes me sick to my stomach. Another reason to back up with thumb drives and a separate book drive. I back up everything.

  2. For somebody who’s spent almost 35 years working with computers, I’m embarrassingly lackadaisical about doing backups. I’d be the perfect candidate for a super-gonzo-automatic backup system which silently saved stuff to the network (or to a giant hard drive in an underground vault in Switzerland) every time I saved it on my local hard drive.

    One sort of backup which I do do, more or less often, is via Gmail: I compose a message with no addressee, and add as attachments copies of whatever writing I’m working on at the time. Or writing-related stuff — like sample queries, and the spreadsheet with information about agents, and so on. When you save the draft message, all the attachments get saved with it.

    I also have a ton of hard copies. It’d be a nightmare to re-enter it all but in theory I think I could do it as needed.

    Now, if both the computer AND the hard copies were destroyed… yeah, that’d upset me quite a bit.

    I’d probably be very upset about losing access to the Internet under that circumstance, too. I really don’t like talking on the phone; the Internet, suddenly gone, would feel like a black hole had suddenly moved into the neighborhood.

    So sorry for Porter!

  3. Go immediately to DropBox, download this free application, then send a copy of each of your keepables to it, where it is stored off your own hard drive. accessible even from your cell phone, should you ever wish. Where ever you are, whether you have your own computer with you, resort to a cell phone, or need the likes of an Internet Cafe, you’ll be able to access your files.

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