1. Random Act of Overheating
A few months ago, I read Seth Godin’s blog about his PowerBook dying, about losing his hard drive, and encouraging people to back up their hard drives. I remember thinking, Yes, I need to do that soon. And of course, I didn’t. My PowerBook was very new, and I figured I still had some time. Well, yesterday morning, I woke up to find it fire-y hot, like it had just swallowed a big glob of Wasabi. And it wouldn’t come out of sleep mode. So, I forced it to shut down. But it wouldn’t come back up. Then after an hour on the phone with AppleCare performing rituals and singing mantras, I found out that the over-heating fried my hard drive.
They were nice, and yes, I love Apple Care because they’ll install a new hard drive and hopefully fix the issue. AND it would’ve meant a lot if someone actually apologized for the fact that a fairly new computer heated itself into a salon tool that could’ve straightened my hair. That issue was never addressed.
So, here’s your warning via Seth and via me: Back up your hard drive. Back it up now. Don’t be me.
2. Random Acts of RSS
If you are a blogger, please post a comment so that I can rebuild my RSS stuff without searching through all my blog comments to find you again! (And if you are one of my saved passwords for the many millions of websites, then please write me and email and tell me what you are.) (And if you are my Quicken files, well I’m down on my knees in a sequin dress singing Celine Dion songs.)
3. Random Thoughts of Past Olympics
I’m en route to Lake Placid today. On the way to the airport, I said to my husband, I hear Lake Placid is really beautiful. All I remember is that some winter Olympics a long time ago was there. And it must have been when I was really little because when I hear the name Lake Placid, I see the five colorful rings on a white background. And as I said that last sentence, he said the exact words in unison. It’s the image of the five colorful Olympic rings. And the feeling of possibility. The feeling that if I wanted to, I could still be an Olympian. (I decided at a young age that I couldn’t be a winter Olympian because my feet got cold all the time. They still do. In fact, the flight from Asheville to Charlotte was on a plane made out of ice.)
4. Random Performance Date
Do you know anyone in Lake Placid? Invite them to my show! It’s at the Lake Placid Performing Arts Center. Tomorrow night.
5. Random Moment of Utter Grossness
My cat brought home a mole this week. And I let it stay there on the deck among the fallen leaves and acorns. After a few days I looked out the window and noticed the mole was moving. For a brief moment, I thought it was still alive. My heart about burst open thinking of the suffering it was enduring. I watched it moving, and then I realized that what was moving was the big bugs that were crawling all through it. It was perhaps the most disgusting thing I’ve witnessed ever. That night, as my husband was falling asleep and I was having difficulties falling asleep, I launched into a full description of the mole and the bugs. Then the room was silent for a few seconds. And then my husband said, Well. Thanks for sharing that image with me before I fall asleep.
6. Random Act of Kindness
Last night after my day of overheated computers and rushing around getting my things together, and after I finally packed for this trip, I picked up the office mail. (My record label is in an office downtown.) There was a big box from Salt Lake City. One of my readers had read a past blog post of mine, and had taken seriously my request to send me art-work, and she sent me a beautiful painting she had done of autumn leaves. She wrote a lovely note about the painting. She enclosed a check for me to use as a Random Act of Kindness in any way of my choosing. My lousy day and all the drama within melted away. I felt so honored to be the channel for this act of kindness. I’ve already decided where the money will go, and for now, that will remain a secret. It was her idea, and I loved the idea.
You can visualize all the wealth and riches and hit songs and big breaks you want. And I believe that you can have that kind of high-voltage life. I’ve experienced some of it myself. But I have to tell you, nothing can even come close to the depth of getting something like this in the mail and realizing that your work in the world inspired one person to be randomly kind to another person. Wow.