For the past week I've been lost in a deep forest of USB ports, ethernet cables and power surge protectors. I've been trapped under a heavy stack of "read this first before you attempt to install" directions. I've been caught up in hour-long conversations with Tech Support people in India, the States and Lands Unknown.
But I'm back.
I made it through a multitude of dark, unmarked, serpentine paths at Best Buy, Office Max and Circuit City. I left a breadcrumb trail of flashdrives so I could find my way back to the lit parking lot at closing. And I returned to my house with a new desktop PC, a high-speed Internet connection and a vow not to venture into such foreign territory again for as long as my "new," January 2008 technology holds out.
According to all reports, it's already outdated.
Never mind. I'm home again. Safe in my tiny office. Ready to resubmerge myself into the online world. And ever so thankful I survived the journey it took to get back here.