Feb 10, 2009

A teeny, tiny problem with control

I'm a pretty impatient person, big on instant gratification. Always have been, probably always will be.

Whenever I load new software onto my PC, I tap my fingers, watching the Progress Bar as it creeps up ... 33%, 35%, 67%, 89%. Around the 92% mark, I start to watch more intently. How come that last 8% seems to take as long as the first 30? The overall quality of the rest of my day is in direct proportion to the length of time it takes for any PC-related task to reach 100% completion.

So you can imagine my dismay over the weekend when I FINALLY decided to accept some sort of upgrade my Sprint phone had been alerting me about for three solid weeks. (I'd tried to ignore it, but the only options every time the reminder popped up were "Accept, "Exit" and "Remind Me Later." You'll note that there was no "Cancel" or "No, Thanks" option.)

I had a few spare minutes in the car while Grayson ran into the grocery store to pick up some milk. The kids had all fallen asleep after playing hard at the park. This was as good a time as any to finally get the Important System Update out of the way. Here we go: 2%, 23%, 39% ... and we're at about the two-minute mark here. Onward and upward: 57%, 79%, then into the Blessed 90s!

As it neared 100, I was feeling good. Five minutes in, and I was almost home-free. Then, THIS:

WHAT THE H****? (Heh. If I use an extra asterisk in places like these, no one can be 101% sure I'm cussing.)

It kept plugging away for another four minutes before I hit "Cancel."

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