Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmm...

So I'm not sure if I'm completely freaked out by this or not. As I mentioned in my last post, I've been on the bench for several weeks...I have not been able to practice and it has SUCKED. That also means no centering or meditating or OMs because I'm a slacker and I just can't get in the zone at home.

Anyway, today I'm working away on my computer. I realize I need to print my mobile phone bill so I can itemize and expense it, but I recently disconnected and moved my printer. So off I go to fetch it. I plug it into the outlet on my wall, plug another cord into the USB port on my computer, and press On. I turn back to my computer to send my document to the printer, and suddenly it starts to print even though I have not sent my document yet. I start getting aggravated, which is just a continuation of some earlier aggravation: For some reason around noonish, all hell was breaking loose. I was being instant messaged by two people from work at the same time as I was trying to respond to a text message that had just come in from my favorite man, at the same time my doorbell was ringing and my dog and my friend's Pomeranian that I am watching simultaneously begin their deep-bark, high-bark alerts. By the time I answered the door, my sister-in-law (who was on the other side) could hear me cursing through the door and looked like she was ready to duck and run when it finally swung open. Who could blame her.

But back to the printer.

Again, I'm aggravated, because this printer is brand new. So when I press On, I expect it to act appropriately and not give me any static. But it's acting strange and now it has just printed and spat out a piece of paper that I will have to throw away, which means wasted toner and wasted paper, which I hate. I snatch the paper out of the tray and turn it over and for a moment I think, cool, it didn't print at all, because it looks like the page is totally blank. Then my eye catches something in the upper left corner of the paper, a little black blemish...and this is a photo of what I saw, cross my heart, I swear:

Oh. My. God.



My printer just told me I need to take a deep breath and chill. Or the Universe did. Or God. Or someone.

Of all the numbers. All the letters. All the possible combinations...I get O and M. O and M thisclose. The only letters on the paper. You know how sometimes when a printer goes wonky, it prints gibberish all over the page, a stray character here and there, symbols and whatnot? Well, my printer didn't wig out and spew gibberish. It malfunctioned and proclaimed OM, just one time in stark black on a blank white page. Very Zen. Very spartan. Very clearly OM.

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