The “x” key on my keyboard is having a midlife crisis. Or something.
Last week, it began sticking every time I used it. And then it stopped working altogether. I ask you: What could be more efficient than a blogger who searches the page for an “x” and cuts and pastes every time she needs to use one?
When that got old, I decided it was time to take action. I pried off the defective key and blew under there. When that didn’t work, it was time for more decisive action. Like whining to my husband.
“My exxxxxxxxxxxxxx sticks sometimes and doesn’t woooooooork the rest of the time,” I complained as he passed through the room.
Dan tried the key. It did not work.
“It’s under warranty,” he shrugged. “Call them.”
Wha? Call the manufacturer when a product under warranty isn’t working properly? What a crazy man I married!
And yet somehow, his wild plan appealed to me. I got onto the Dell web site and within minutes I was chatting online with a customer service representative named Srikanth. In America, I am sure.
“Which key doesn’t work?” Srikanth wanted to know.
“The letter that comes between w and y,” I responded cryptically.
Srikanth figured it out, I think. He (or she?) is hooking me up with a brand new keyboard which is being shipped to my house along with instructions for removing the old keyboard and installing the new one.
In the meantime, my passive aggressive “x” key is randomly inserting x’s into pretty much everything I type. And I am discovering that nothing adds excitement to an everyday Google search quite like throwing in a “XXX.”