Ask Not for Whom the Dell Tolls…

I was having computer problems.  In this sense, it was a day like any other.

I call the computer repair guy.  He asks me to read the service tag off the hard-drive.  I crane my neck and peer and poke about, and finally I see it.  I read the series of numbers and letters in a muffled, mildly confused voice.

He reads them back to confirm, but he’s misheard one letter.

“D as in Dell?” he asks.

“Oops, no,” I answer. “B as in Bell.”

A few murmurs from the other end of the line as he corrects his mistake.  I look down at the remaining number and read it out loud.   And apparently suffer from an odd form of brain freeze.

The last number was a 1.  Or as I said to him:

“That’s a ‘1’ as in ‘you one-t a piece of this?'”

I kid you not.

Ananuri Bell, Moments Before We Were Chased Away

Ananuri Bell, Moments Before We Were Chased Away


About sputnitsa

Born in the US, I grew up in Africa and the West Indies, and returned stateside in my teens. After a decade in international development, democracy work, and inclusivity training for domestic NGOs, I joined Peace Corps, and after a year, experienced my first Russian invasion. I followed that up by volunteering with refugees and youth, and after some vacation time climbing minarets and mountains, I returned to New York City, where today I work on social justice with college students, produce short films, and write.
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7 Responses to Ask Not for Whom the Dell Tolls…

  1. ralfast says:

    My Dell monitor died today. Now I have a new tiny flat screen. Doesn’t take much space but I got to figure out how to dim the glare.

  2. sputnitsa says:

    🙂 Congratulations. I think. Right? 🙂

    • ralfast says:

      It works. I can still write, so it’s all good.

      • sputnitsa says:

        I’m with you on that, and happy to hear it. 🙂 My current laptop is one I bought off a returning PCV for $200. It can be a bit slow and it has no H key, but hey, who needs that letter anyway? 😉

        (It doesn’t have the H top cap thing. The actual letter can be pushed down easily if you know how it likes being tickled. And I do, what with H’s prevalence in apparently every other word I write.) 🙂

  3. lucidlunatic says:

    Jobs I don’t want have: tech help hotline answerer.

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