I have an odd relationship with my computer. Actually it’s rather like my marriage. Most of the time everything goes well and you take each other for granted. Then something goes wrong and everything goes to hell in a handbasket.
My computer caught a virus and it took me 3 days to finally remove all the traces. The virus warnings kept screaming at me and I was yelling back (but unfortunately no one was listening). Hey… that does sound like my marriage, doesn’t it?
Anyway I finally got the rid of the damn thing (the virus not my husband) and proceeded to deliver an ultimatum to the rest of the family: “The next person who stuffs up my computer will not be allowed to touch it for 3 months!”
But you know it never sticks. My son is strictly forbidden to download stuff because I don’t trust a lot of those free sites that are aimed at teenagers. But every now and then I find something that I know wasn’t there before. But wait – it gets worse! He’s 16 now and what do 16 year old boys like best? You guessed it: naked women!!!
Do you have any idea how embarrassing it is to show your grandmother something on your computer, and somehow you open up a folder full of naked women, by mistake? How do you explain it?
You need to get yourself off the hook quickly, but you can’t blame your son (not to his great-grandmother anyway). So I just sat there, completely gob-smacked. And then about five minutes later, I started pontificating about internet viruses and downloads etc.
To this day I’m still not entirely sure that she believed me…