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Leap Day Laptop

March 1, 2016
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I can’t help thinking it’s no coincidence that my laptop stopped working on February 29th: It’s the last “screw you” from a bad month.

But in fairness, it’s also a first world problem. I still have a tablet, which is like a computer that hasn’t hit puberty. I also still have a Mac laptop, effectively my desktop computer because it’s allergic to batteries. As is often the case with modern society, we shouldn’t complain—but will anyway.

 Bae scary
If your keyboard stops working, there are certain things you don’t want to look down and see.

Mark R Hunter

Mark R Hunter is the author of three romantic comedies: Radio Red, Storm Chaser, and its sequel, The Notorious Ian Grant, as well as a related story collection, Storm Chaser Shorts. He also wrote a young adult adventure, The No-Campfire Girls, and a humor collection, Slightly Off the Mark. In addition, he collaborated with his wife, Emily, on the history books Images of America: Albion and Noble County, Smoky Days and Sleepless Nights: A Century or So With The Albion Fire Department, and Hoosier Hysterical. Mark’s work also appeared in the anthologies My Funny Valentine and Strange Portals: Ink Slingers’ Fantasy/Horror Anthology.

For two decades Mark R Hunter has been an emergency dispatcher for the Noble County Sheriff Department. He’s served over 32 years as a volunteer for the Albion Fire Department, holding such positions as safety officer, training officer, secretary, and public information officer. He also has done public relations writing for the Noble County Relay For Life, among other organizations, and served two terms on the Albion Town Council. When asked if he has any free time, he laughs hysterically.

Mark lives in Albion, Indiana, with his wife and editor Emily, a cowardly ball python named Lucius, and a loving, scary dog named Beowulf. He has two daughters and twin grandsons, and so naturally is considering writing a children’s book.

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10 Responses to Leap Day Laptop

  1. Bill Y Ledden
    March 5, 2016 at 3:36 am

    It’s technology gone mad, is what it is. I think we’re all young enough to remember the supposed Y2K supposed debacle – technology tried to go mad then but it didn’t.

    • March 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Yeah, a lot of people worked a lot of overtime behind the scenes to keep that from happening. But they can’t hold off the machines forever!

  2. Kathy Minicozzi
    March 1, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    If your computer goes kaputt on leap day, do you set the anniversary as February 28 or March 1?

    • March 2, 2016 at 2:43 am

      March … simply because I hate February.

  3. March 1, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    It looks like you’ve ferreted out the problem!

    • March 2, 2016 at 2:44 am

      With dogged determination!

  4. Bill Spencer
    March 1, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Is complaining about computers PC?

    • March 2, 2016 at 2:44 am

      Well, why not? Everybody does it.

      • Bill Spencer
        March 2, 2016 at 5:58 am

        I was just trying to play with the ambiguity of “PC”—clumsily.

        • March 2, 2016 at 6:43 am

          No, I got it! I was thinking along the lines of how it’s considered PC to complain about your PC. But wait until the machines take over: It won’t be considered okay to complain about computers at all, then.



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