Schlemiel, Schlemiel, Potato Peel
Predicaments. I get into them often, Why? Don’t know, don’t care. That’s material for indepth psychotherapy. I just want to know how to exit them with NO FRUSTRATION!
To write I use my laptop, since my desktop and I parted ways several weeks ago after a long complicated relationship. The nice lady on the tech help line told me it was going to leave me soon anyway, that I needed to look for a replacement. I’m looking. Too many choices. So I am relying on my old friend dumped by someone else. We were managing fine until now.
I wanted to write about derrieres, a French word needing an accent. My desktop and I had accents all figured out. I am clueless with my laptop, however, and it does not freely share info, so I investigated.. Not a good idea without all the facts. Assumptions get one into…predicaments.
Who knew there is combo of keys to flip the screen upside down? New experience. Keeps the relationship interesting. Good thing I remembered what my left hand was doing so we could return to our comfort zone. Another day I might exercise my brain with an upside down composition, especially now that I am curious why that is even an offered feature. But not today. There is a deadline.
Guess I don’t know everything my left hand was doing. The screen is right side up, thankfully, but it is dark. That’s an easy fix on my smartphone, but I am clueless again on just what it takes to turn my laptop on bright. After a bit of prodding fate intervened. Fate has a grand sense of humor.
The laptop shared a screen boasting a word of the day. The screen would not move, no way, no how. Before going to extremes to get what I wanted, word nerd curiosity made me find the featured term.
Schlemiel – an awkward, unlucky person for whom things never turn out right. One has to chuckle at my laptop sharing that word with me on this day.
I really do have something to say about derrieres. Another time.
This first appeared in my hometown paper, The Prospect-News, in April.