Next morning, with The Hubby's help, we put double-faced tape on an old credit card, and managed to fish out the library DVD. Whew! But no other CD or DVD or anything came out of that slot. I tried to scour the internet again, looking for self-help...and our internet service went down! So did our TV feed, and the hour was close approaching when NFL games were broadcast. OH NOES! After calls and reboots, we got our internet and TV back, but that darn optical drive was a no go. I started worrying about the 10,000 or 11,000 (yep, thousand!) cat and family photos I have on my computer; could they be in trouble too? Sweat broke out on my forehead. No way was I losing Chuck and Angel's baby photos, or pics of Sammy and George, who are no longer with us!
The nice people at the Apple store whisked me to the Genius Bar, and my iMac was looked over. The 2009 optical drive is kaput, and they no longer make parts for it. We discussed obtaining a external CD/DVD drive ($20-$30), and that's when I asked about backing up my cat photos. Let's face it; they are mostly cat photos, with a couple of hundred of family or travel. That's when the price tag jumped to $70, for an external drive of one terabyte. I gladly handed the credit card over, because CAT PHOTOS MUST BE SAVED, at all costs.
Computer back home, and The Hubby hooked up our old DVD player, so I could finally watch the movie from the library without incurring late fees. Only shot about ten cat photos this weekend, due to these other issues, but now they are all safe! Disaster averted!
|Blurry Sunday selfie with Chuck|