Only for it to go completely pear-shaped?
I spent months hemming and hawing about whether or not to get a laptop. I've got working computers but I can't use them from my bed, where I've had to
spend quite a bit of time. And I get bored
So, after all this wrangling I made a decision to order online a cheap refurbished laptop. Windows 7 and I can play DVDs and my favourite card games
But, laptops are heavy and I've damaged myself in the past from using them so I thought I'd get a small table to put it on. Not a cheap
goes-on-the-bed-over-your-lap table but a cheap proper adjustable one that stands on the floor and goes across the bed.
Well, they arrived very quickly and I was ecstatically happy - for about five minutes.
Just before unpacking the table I realised that my bed has a middle leg along the side. Right where I want the bloody table to go. Not only that but I
can't scoot the table up and down with a pox-ridden bed leg in the way.
Oh bollocks. And not just any old ones, either. The sort it would break the T & C to describe.
Ah well, be stoical and get on with it. The table is lightweight I'm sure I can move it easily enough. Yeah, lightweight alright. I find out from
reading the instructions that it will take a maximum weight of 11lbs.
The first thing I noticed about the laptop was that it was sodding heavy. Rough guesstimate - oh, half a ton give or take a stone or two.
Ah well, let's give it a go. Perhaps I'm not very good at guessing weights.
Well, putting the table together nearly killed me, but I persevered and fixed it all up. Now to put it in position. Or as nearly in position as the
bleedin' middle bed leg would allow me to.
OK. That'll do. All that remains is to put the laptop on and hope for the best. Oh wait... When the table was described as 'adjustable' they didn't
mean the height. The wretched bloody thing can slant. You can have the top at several different angles... What? Who needs a poxy angled table top? Not
Fine, I get it straight. I'll put the laptop on it. Well, nothing groaned. But there was a sort of resigned flumpf. Yep, the table top started to tilt
- and not in the way the manufacturer intended.
Fear not. It's on a metal pole. It won't collapse. I'll just have to tilt my head to the right angle when I play my DVDs on it. And so I did. I would
have enjoyed my DVD, too, except from the height the laptop was at I wasn't 'square' onto it. So that bolloxed the picture. Darker scenes looked like
negatives. So I had to sit up uncomfortably to get a proper look.
Now here I am with a brand new, listing badly, table and me being mightily uncomfortable when I want to watch a DVD or play card games 'cos the
sodding laptop is balanced on me
Now, I could have put this in the Rant Forum, but how much more fun to ask all of you if you've ever planned something carefully and (you thought)
efficiently only for it to all go pear-shaped.
Please share your stories here but don't expect much sympathy. That's likely to be a bit thin on the ground. Pointing and laughing will be
tolerated... nah ... encouraged
edit on 24-4-2016 by berenike because: (no reason given)