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    I'm Having Printer Problems

    So, my printer went on the fritz. It’s the printer that works with my computer, by the way, and where the heck did "on the fritz" come from anyway? I had Herman call the local computer store, which had a whole domino effect of further phone calls. You see, the local computer store doesn’t fix printers. Ultimately, Herman was told he would have to contact the manufacturer, which in this case is Epson.

    The computer store referred Herman to the Epson Website, where he found the number to call for my particular model printer. The reason I like this printer so much is because it is compact, quiet and makes terrific copies of any document I print. I also had just gone on line and stocked up on printing ink. My stock of ink is probably worth twice what the printer cost, but has anybody checked the cost of ink cartridges lately? I got a terrific deal online and so I really stocked up.

    I think it’s called Murphy’s Law. When you do everything possible to make a good deal and then the deal breaker breaks. So, basically, I really wanted this printer fixed. After Herman spoke to Epson tech support, and after they tried to talk him through fixing it, they finally gave us an address where to send it for repair.

    Now, here’s the next big kicker. We go to the post office to send the package to Marcy, NY (which isn’t too far west of here, near Utica.) But the postmaster tells us that all mail is routed through Springfield, Massachusetts (far EAST of here) first.

    Now Herman usually saves every piece of packing materials we’ve ever received for just this kind of emergency. Alas, this box and packing went the way of "Moishe Pipik," as my Jewish mother would say. In other words, it disappeared. So, we found a box, stuffed it full of crumpled newspaper, and sent the printer on its way.

    In the interim, Herman hooked up his all in one printer, copier, scanner, which is enormous and which I hate, because it is so big and bulky. But it works.

    Have I mentioned to you guys that I HATE change? I’m not good at getting used to new things. It’s something about the way I’m built. I’ll let you guys know when the printer comes back and all will again be right with my world. See ya’. (As of the publication of this column, my printer is home and working well. Yay!)

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"