Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Story Time With Betty!

Betty would never drag her readers through another post about her computer woes, so instead we are going to have story time!!!

Please gather round as Auntie Betty spins a tale of intrigue and surprise just for you!


Once upon a time there was a little computer named Mac.

Now Mac was an excellent computer and was faithful and good to his owner. (We’ll call her Ytteb.) Mac organized Ytteb’s photographs and essays and gladly went to the giant box store called Google, and stopped by Amazon to get Betty whatever she needed in Computerland. Mac was also very, very useful in maintaining Ytteb’s fine blog, “Yssob Ytteb.” Best of all, Mac also collected Ytteb’s mail from three different post offices.

Ytteb loved Mac and Mac loved Ytteb.

Then, one day Ytteb noticed something was terribly wrong. While Mac was very happy to go out and fetch mail from the other two post offices, he froze up when it was time to go to the one called AOL. Time after time, Ytteb urged Mac to go get the mail, and though Mac would go to the doors, and give the magic password needed to get in the post office, he would not go in and get Ytteb’s mail.

Hummmm…thought Ytteb. This was not like her Little Mac at all. She contacted the workers at AOL and they said they knew and liked Mac and had absolutely no idea why Mac refused to go in. They were open, they said and would welcome Mac at any time.

It was time for professional help, so Ytteb took Mac to the doctor who was a genius. He looked over Mac, poked and prodded and there in the doctor’s office, Mac worked! When the genius told Mac to go get the mail, he went right into that post office and collected it!

Yttteb took Mac home and smiled as she sent him on his way to the AOL post office. However, there at Betty’s house, Mac STILL refused to go in! Why? Ytteb was beside herself. She took little Mac back to another genius. This one probed Mac’s psyche a little more thoroughly, pushed some buttons (as this type of doctor often does) and once again pronounced Mac healthy.

Now, just about this time one of Ytteb’s friends called and said her little Mac would not go to a site that she asked him to go to. Then another friend called with the same news! Then, a friend who lived in a pretty house high on a hill said that her Mac didn’t have that problem and invited Ytteb up to check it out. Ytteb took her Little Mac to visit, and there, he worked like a champ! He scurried to AOL and got the mail! He was happy and free once again1

“Hummm…” said Ytteb’s friend. Who is your Little Mac’s teacher? You know, the one who watches over his comings and going and teaches him which paths to take out in the Internet?”

“Oh!” said Ytteb, “I have hired the best teacher for my Little Mac. She is a very large and popular one. She helps Mac find his way around the complicated Internet. She costs a lot of money, but she is one of the best teachers I know of. She’s very fast too. In fact, I just signed her up for two years. Her first name is Verizon and her last name is Fios. Do you have the same caretaker for your Mac?”

“Oh no,” said the friend. “I have Uncle Time Warner. He’s not that fast, but he takes care of my Mac’s paths just fine. Don’t look now,” she said, glancing at Mac’s screen, “but he’s helping your Little Mac RIGHT NOW.”

Ytteb went right home and called her friends with troubled Macs and they said they too had hired the very popular Verizon Fios.

Ytteb called the very large and busy teacher who denied it was her problem. In fact, she was SHOCKED that Ytteb would even think that she was responsible for telling Little Mac not to go to AOL. She said she helped many, many little Macs and they were all happy under her care. She finally consented to “write up a ticket” but also had the nerve to suggest that Ytteb’s Little Mac might just be the problem after all. She suggested he needed yet another visit to the doctor.

Ytteb hung up, patted Little Mac on the back waited and then, two days later, it happened! Little Mac went and picked up the mail at AOL. Yeah! Ytteb called her friends and they were getting into their sites again too! Hurrah! Hurrah! Apparently Verizon Fios had finally examined her directions to all the Macs under her care and had adjusted her instructions.

That night, Betty apologized to Little Mac and let him suck on his juice all night instead of making him wait for morning. He awoke, all charged up and ready to go anywhere Betty wanted him to.

The moral of the story? Always back your Little Mac.


(OK! Since you were all so good during story time now you get a bonus! Want to see the world's most magnificent chicken? Check out this beauty at Jimmy's Opinion. Click here!!)



54 comments:

Lin said...

Hooray! I love a story with a happy ending. Sigh.

And they all lived happily ever after.....

Susan Fields said...

That is a magnificent chicken! But with a name like that, what would you expect?

I'm so glad Verizon Fios adjusted her instructions and now Mac's all better!

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I've very happy for little Mac, but I'm on a PC and I think he's peeved that I'm giving positive feedback to his arch rival.

He's a scrappy off-brand PC too.

Christina Lee said...

What a happy ending ;--)

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

I really want a Mac, but I can't seem to convince the husband. :-( glad yours is working properly now :-)

Gigi said...

Ha! So glad you and Mac are back on good terms and he seems to be finding his way around better :)

Madi and Mom said...

BB what a wonderfully entertaining bedtime story. It was sweet, kind and best of all the Prince got his Princess at the end.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Nat said...

Yay! And they all lived happily ever after....

Joe Cap said...

Computer woes are not cool.
Especially the ones that are NOT consistent.
Glad it worked out for you, do not let anything happen to prevent you from blogging.

Pearl said...

Awwwwww!

Lraep loves this story, and so does her little Dell.

Pearl

Leanne said...

BETTY!!! I was so worried about Little Mac and Ytteb. I am so glad that the big teacher straighten out her act. You know, sometimes even TEACHERS need a little talking to! ;)

As always - fanTAStic story!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Oh, I'm so happy to hear that little Mac's problems seem to be in the past! Now if only I could figure out what my little Com Paq's problem is...could we arrange a play date?

Dazee Dreamer said...

First of all, I loved the picture. Too cute. And the story was great. I just sipped my coffee while reading.

And look at you go. Getting the big bad wolf to take care of the problem. kudos

liz said...

Thanks ever so much for sparing us another computer woes story! And I have to say - that's the sweetest laptop sweater e.v.e.r.

NENSA MOON said...

I love the ending!!
Thanks for sharing us your interserting computer woes story!

nensa

Old Kitty said...

And a worthy lesson it is too!!

:-)

Please hug lil Mac!! He's been through so much - poor lil thang!!! :-)

Oh and we love Chicken BB!! Yes we do!! She's gorgeous!

Take care
x

sherri said...

You know you've reached the big time when you have a chicken named after you - and a gorgeous one at that!

Kazzy said...

I am glad Little Mac is feeling better. :)

Sarah said...

Like all good, huge companies here, denial is their first line of defense! Back up is a good idea for any computers and I probably need one.

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Whew! So relieved that it wasn't Little Mac's fault, since I rely on Little Mac extensively, and hate to hear when he's misbehaving.

Glad he's back in working order,
Debi

Tracy said...

You know, Betty, that was pretty tricky. I didn't even know this post was about you and your computer until I got to the Verizon part.

beth said...

i'm a mac user and still an aol user....too :)
i thought i was alone in this combo.....

Noelle said...

I wish I were the age where I could curl up in my blankie with some animal crackers and have someone read me this lovely story. Made me smile. :)

Marlene said...

Heeheehee!! Love it!!! (And am slightly embarrassed that it took more than a minute to get the backwards spelling of your name!)

Jennifer Shirk said...

There are happy endings and then there are even better computer happy endings. :)

Debbie said...

Well played!
I am proud of you for figuring out what was going on and getting it fixed!

Writing Without Periods! said...

I love this story.
Mary

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Loved how you ended up your story!
Great story about your computer and you.
Glad he's back!
Big hugs!
Have a wonderful day!
Betty xx

Ann said...

So glad that little mac and ytteb lived happily ever after. I'm a sucker for a happy ending.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I always enjoy a happy computer story!

Shan said...

Thanks for the chuckles.

Having just upgraded our computer situation, we can now safely assert that FiOS (which we've had for a year with a horribly mangled computer) is... passable. It doesn't seem any better than what we have at work, and sometimes is pretty slow. On the other hand, I'm lounging in my bed while Mad's napping and Corey's downstairs decimating some alien nation on XBox. I used to be constrained to the office downstairs.

Shan said...

Oh, and I loved the chicken! As Mad would say, "Bock! Chicken."

Aging Mommy said...

I was convinced when I started reading this that there was to be no happy ending and this would conclude with baby MAC coming to a terrifying and untimely end. I am glad MAC was absolved, having a baby MAC of my own which I love so very much. I am very glad we do not have Ms Verizon as our teacher and will definitely be staying in Mr Time Warner's class :-)

Great post! Love the unusual twist on the story.

Baby Sister said...

Love the picture. :)
As much as Mac and I aren't that great of friends, I'm glad he's feeling better and you got everything resolved! Yay for fixed Verizon!!

baygirl32 said...

Yeah for happy endings!

A girl needs 2 Talk said...

Woohoo! I am proud of Ytteb!! and her little cute mac! ;)

Lidian said...

I love a good story with a happy ending!

Michelle Faith said...

I love story time, do I get milk and cookies now? Happy you got your MAC back on his schedule, I know that VF can be a bit high and mighty, glad she saw the light.

Mamma has spoken said...

Aw what a happy ending. Sadly my baby is still AOL with no fix in sight. Son tells me he is bringing me a new baby when he comes home though. Is it sad that I can't wait to meet my new baby?

Mommy on the Spot said...

You are the best story teller!! Glad your Little Mac is back up and running!

Jimmy said...

I am so proud Little Mac was not forced into going to any more unnecessary Doctor visits, being misdiagnosed could cause a lot of problems where there are none.

I am happy you stood your ground to back your Mac.

Dreamfarm Girl said...

I love storytime. And why am I not surprised who the big bad culprit is. Certainly not lovable little Mac!

Theresa Milstein said...

I got a tear in my eye.

You sound like me. I defend my Mac through everything. Macs are the best. Period.

Adorable picture. Sending it in the card for Christmas?

Daisy said...

Well! That was quite a lot to go through to get where you wanted to be. I'm glad you got it all worked out, Ytteb. :D

Jami said...

I'm glad things are back on track. cute pic!

notesfromnadir said...

Ytteb,
I like how you wrote this story.

I'm happy that Little Mac has fed well & is now ready to help you out w/ your writing again! :)

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

Phew. That was quite a saga. I'm so glad little mac can go postal again.
xoRobyn

DrSoosie said...

my self-imposed break is because I was having too much of a love affair with little mac. He and I were spending too much time together and I think I was neglecting the main man in my life. But I still love to sneak a little time here and there to visit my friends. Plus...I am already formulating ideas for other blogs..so stay tuned..little mac and I will rendez vous quite soon!

Char said...

Read this earlier today, but didn't have time to leave a comment. Been chuckling over this story all day, thanks!

Momma Fargo said...

Great story! I think you should write a book on this...:)

Hilary said...

I'm glad that sorted itself out for you. It just couldn't have been the Mac. They're practically perfect. ;)

slommler said...

I love a story with happy endings!! Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!
Hugs
SueAnn

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