No Tricks, Just a Funny Story

Here in the US, today, April 1st, is April Fool’s Day, a day to tell jokes, play practical jokes, and have a bit of fun. In the past, I think I’d joked about changing careers to be a judge on Iron Chef America and other things that obviously aren’t going to happen, such as all my competitors shutting down, requiring all customers reading this to come to me to buy services. 🙂  Instead, today, I’ll tell a (mildly) funny story.

In the past month, I’d written about the fact that I’d started my Windows 10 upgrade. That was for the computer I use to access VPNs. However, I had done the upgrade once before and not by choice.

Early in March, I was on a business trip. Windows 10 kept asking if I wanted to upgrade on my laptop and I just kept rejecting that because I was just about to go on this business trip. We all know what a mistake it is to make significant changes before a trip. The last night of my trip, the night before a BIG day of work on my laptop writing up documentation of the week’s activities with other team members, my laptop automatically started its upgrade.

So, instead of working, that evening, I watched TV and kept glancing at my laptop, hoping it would finish the upgrade that I couldn’t seem to cancel, so that I could check that all had gone well. But it took forever to run on the hotel network. I stayed up late and it still wasn’t finished.

I finally went to sleep only to have bright lights wake me up – it had gone into a different cycle of the upgrade and the screen had gone on. I had left the laptop open and the screen pointed toward the bed. So, what a nice and unexpected wake up call in the wee hours, right?!  😉

I went back to sleep, let it finished up, and got up early to make sure everything was okay. However, there was now a some kind of training program running trying to give me advice. No matter what I did, it wouldn’t stop talking. Yak, yak, yak. It was persistent. I thought I finally got it shutdown.

I finally met the team and, after we had been working for a little while, the assistant saw an opportunity to train me and suddenly started chattering away. It surprised myself plus the entire team, that’s for sure. When I told them the story, they all got a chuckle out of it. But not wanting to press my luck with them, I turned the speakers off on my laptop so that we wouldn’t get yet another interruption.

Actually, it never did start talking, again, but it was annoying while it lasted.

Gloria Metrick
GeoMetrick Enterprises

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