I’m still without my lap top. In between studies, Miss Arabella kindly lends me her computer and that’s been a huge help.
As today is Day 4 and as there had been no word, I gave the repair company a call and asked what time today my computer would be ready for collection. The reason I was so optimistic is because the contract I’d signed stated the turnaround time was 1-3 days.
The conversation didn’t go well. All I found out was that nothing had happened with my computer and that the fine print of the contract was that the only thing promised in 1-3 days is a diagnosis.
I asked if I could have the diagnosis. Well, this week they’ve had in-staff training, have had low staff numbers and a lot of jobs in the queue ahead of mine (some customers happy to pay the ‘urgent’ fee I declined). So they were only just running diagnostics today and still didn’t have any idea why the hard-drive was so damaged.
Later today I received a phone call advising the hard drive cannot be repaired and so did I have a back-up. Fortunately, I have a fairly recent back-up which they will install onto the damaged hard drive. I asked them how the hard drive became so damaged and he asked me what I did to the computer the day it died.
I said, ‘Well, I tried all day to work on it but all I got was spinning wheeles. I couldn’t even open an email without 15-minutes of spinning wheels upsetting me. So at 2pm I shut it down’.
‘How did you do that?’
‘I pushed the button that shuts it down’. And that’s when he said the damaged hard drive is all my fault. Because when the spinning wheels appeared, that was a sign the computer was trying to do something very important and pushing the shut-down button without switching the computer off correctly, is what caused the damage.
I cannot be trusted with expensive equipment.
So one more ‘diagnostic test’ is being run and later today I’ll get another phone call giving me the verdict of that test and then hopefully will be told when I can collect my damaged goods.
In the meantime, to cheer us all up, I thought I’d spread the joy of Christmas and show you what’s on offer at Rudolphs Christmas. You might wonder what the chaps who own the store get up to when it’s not the Christmas season. Well…they’re not idle because they now have three stores; Mosman, Penrith and Parramatta.
A week ago I visited the Mosman store and shortly after walking into the premises, a woman with big sunglasses pointed at me and said, ‘Ms Hotly Spiced’, and gave me a kiss and a hug. That’s a first. I’ve never before been recognised and greeted by a reader of my blog!
So we chatted and toured the store together. The staff are all dressed in their ‘Merry Christmas’ red T-shirts, the Christmas music is playing, the owner’s dog, Shayna is tinkling around wearing Christmas bells and there’s much razzle dazzle from the gazillion lights.
This store is a spectacular of all things Christmas and well worth a visit and there’s just so much on offer and so many must-haves that it’s impossible to leave without bringing home one more thing for your Christmas collection.
The shop is beautifully decorated and all ornaments and collectables are magnificently displayed. My new friend and I found so much of all that is wonderful.
I’ll be going back just before December 1 to make a few purchases before I set up our home for the spirit of the season. There’s always room on the tree for a couple more ornaments.
A tour to a store like this can really take your mind off your laptop worries.
Rudolph’s Christmas is open every day between now and Christmas Eve. It’s your one-stop shop for everything you need for the celebration and the range includes lighting, collectables, decorative themes, trees, nativity scenes and decorations for your tree and home.
And the good news is, when you’re visiting there’s plenty of parking under the building.
Rudolph’s Christmas: 9 Spit Road, Mosman NSW 2088
Ph: 02 9969 5903
For more information and the history of Rudolph’s Christmas you can check out the following links…