Friday, September 24, 2010

things in my life that are broken

Really, it was bad enough have a frosty, snowy start to the growing season, accompanied by more rain than we've ever seen in the summer (on the plus side, very green coulees). But the cold, rainy days and threat of frost continue to batter the best efforts of the tomatoes to ripen. My husband and I have been trying to cover them up in the evenings, but the night of autumnal equinox, we somehow forgot, and the first morning of fall indeed arrive with frost on the garden shed and the car windows.
Still, gardeners in southern Alberta are nothing if not optimistic, and we're all going "woohoo! 22 degrees on the weekend! NOW we're going to get ripe tomatoes!" Foolish optimism is what makes gardening worth it.

frost

and then, to come home after a day of work and flop on the bed to do some reading. To my horror, this is what my Kindle looked like.
sad, sad kindle

I have faithfully (and somewhat hysterically) followed all the steps on the support pages, blogs and forums. No dice. This thing is bricked. Amazon is sending me a replacement, and the customer service rep remarked, as I paused for breath amidst my bleating, "It sounds like you really enjoy your Kindle".  I bet he says that to all the folks.

On the plus side, I was thus forced to raid my daughter's bookshelf and read a paper book, an old, old favorite of mine from when I was a young girl: The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope. Not only is it one of my favorite retellings of the old Tam Lin ballad (and suitable for younger readers), it is illustrated by Richard Cuffari, whose black and white ink and wash drawings have fascinated me since I was a child. As an adult, I find myself re-examining them with fresh eyes, trying to figure out what makes them so dramatic and appealing. This blog post at Daughter Number Three shows some great examples of his illustrations - some of them have a distinctly 70's feel to my eye, yet still seem fresh and very much in tune with the story. It was almost worth having a broken Kindle to open up the chance to revisit this book, for both story and pictures.

3 comments:

ravensmarch said...

...the customer service rep remarked, as I paused for breath amidst my bleating, "It sounds like you really enjoy your Kindle".

Being trapped in a somewhat customer-servicey role, I find that those who define the job (and thus never do it themselves) would likely be happier with something like the therapy booths in THX1138. Some days I long to subvert through compliance and say to a customer in a very HAL9000 voice, "Could you be more... specific?"

I will note that this sort of display failure is very uncommon in actual books ;)

Sophie_vf said...

I had to look up THX1138 - oooh, a young Robert Duvall! who knew?

It's very true that this display failure doesn't occur in actual books, though I *have* had various display failures due to crayon scrawls, chewed corners, foodstuff, drool, and being dropped in the bath or toilet :)

Cristina Verzosa said...

"...the customer service rep remarked, as I paused for breath amidst my bleating, "It sounds like you really enjoy your Kindle"."

omg, I can so picture that!

Also, very jealous you found The Perilous Gard!! Or is that my copy!?! (which I will admit would be fair game, considering I have so many of your childhood books here). I have been trying to find it in stores for a zillion years.