One Of My Really Dumb Goof Ups~~A Blonde Moment~ And I'm Not Even Blonde__LOL

@pyewacket (44032)
United States
June 2, 2008 12:19am CST
Okay I like to think I'm rather technically and mechanically inclined. I used to work in a music recording studio during my college days so have a good understanding of electronics and my inputs and outputs...so in other words good at hooking up things. People seemed to think I'm a computer geek, and even ask me to help them out at times, like my friend down the block, who while she has a computer keeps asking me for advice...and it does take some doing as I have a Mac computer and have more of a familiarity with them, then PCs, but I learned on a PC So here I was earlier tonight...I wanted to scan some photos with my scanner...no problem right? Wrong. It just wasn't working. I thought oh, no!!! If I can't scan my photos I'm really fricked here, since I'm a photographer and I'm still in the process of scanning to digitize my slides, prints and negatives. My scanner wasn't a cheapie either..near $500..and only have had it a little over a year. I must have tried to scan at least twenty times, but I kept getting Error=122. Like what the hell is Error=122 anyway?? I looked through my scanner's manual and couldn't find what Error=122 even meant. I'm at the serious point of throwing the dang thing out the window. Then I look to see...okay I must be doing something stupidly wrong here...and I was My scanner has three scanning capabilties..negatives for negative film, positive for slides, and reflective for prints, art work or documents..uh...I only noticed then that I had the scanner set to positive rather than reflective..uh So have you done anything really dumb like this? Despite all your savoire faire know how knowledge done something really incredibly dumb?
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
2 Jun 08
-starts hunting for those blonde strands in pye's hair- Found some!!!!!
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
3 Jun 08
Oooohhhhh....I think I saw some too!! Shall we pluck them out for her? Hehehehe! Love ya Pye!
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• United States
3 Jun 08
I was wondering if I should or not. Guess no harm, eh Kat? -starts plucking at the ones she's finding-
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Hehe..very funny you two Nope don't have any blonde hairs, but maybe you could yank out my pesky greys that are coming in...definitely need to color my hair
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
2 Jun 08
I (Not a Blond but a balding Brown Hair) had a similar incident with a printer. I was using a printer for the first time with my new Laptop. I read the directions for hooking it up and inserted the disk in the drive and pushed install. Nothing happened. I pulled the disk out and followed step by step and again nothing happened. When I got home I was ready to throw the printer out. I asked my daughter (a blond with marginal computer skills) to help and see if I was doing something wrong. She takes the disk and then asks me "Where is the one for Windows - This is for a Mac"!!!!!!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I almost did that myself when I was installing software..but my problem was the reverse..was going to put the windows software in instead of Mac
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• United States
4 Jun 08
HAHAHAHA! Great story bobmnu!
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@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
2 Jun 08
We all have one of those... lol I remember a classic a couple of years ago. I tried to start my car for 5 minutes... and it would not start. I was about to walk away to call someone... when I realised that the car was still in gears. Cars with automatic gearbox won't start if left in gears. lol Another classic... maybe not so dumb... because people don't know and don't realise what they have done. Your printer won't print... Nine times out of ten... is because for one reason or another... you stopped the last printing. When you do... it is in pause... and it won't print again until you go to the menu and tell it to resume printing. But most people don't even know where the menu is. lol
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Jun 08
Yikes..don't get me started with printers..I have a real finicky one that drives me daft..or how about something really dumb..like just plain forget to switch the printer on in the first place...I don't keep it on all the time to begin with
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@sid556 (30988)
• United States
3 Jun 08
Aussie...too funny!! My daughter just did that same thing with my car the other day. It's a fairly new car and I hesitated in letting her borrow it to begin with. I finally relented and 10 minutes later she calls her boyfriend who unbeknown to her had showed up here and was sitting her talking with me. All I heard was him saying..."you can't start your mom's car?" and I was fired up. He was heading out to rescue her when a thought occurred and I told him to call her back and ask if she had it in park. That was it and the reason I knew was because I'd done the same thing. I am so used to driving standard and so is she. Oh and thanks for the printing tip....I do know where the menu is but never knew about going back to the last session. I am blonde so I don't just have moments...it is a way of life.
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• United States
4 Jun 08
I had a little Datsun pickup and for some reason my brother put a kill switch in for me and he put it in the glove box. The first time my car wouldn't start after cranking the engine till I had flooded it and practically killed the battery, I was ready to call AAA out to come tow the phucking thing since I knew I had just filled the tank the previous day, and then I remembered the kill switch that I had neglected to switch on. And I'm not a blond, I'm a red-head.
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@sid556 (30988)
• United States
2 Jun 08
Oh yes....we all do. I happen to be blonde but I swear all you brown - haired people use us as an excuse anytime you do something dumb. Whenever I do something dumb I say I just had a brunette moment....some brunette will never fail to get defensive.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I really have no idea where the "dumb blonde" phrase came from..LOL...Even though she came across kind of dumb blonde due to a lot of her roles she played, the late actress Marilyn Monroe for instance was actually very intelligent
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@sid556 (30988)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I know....I actually enjoy the blonde jokes. I have an aunt who was also very blonde and an actress as well. She could play that dumb blonde role believeably well. She also had very high intelligence. I don't know where it came from either. Its fun but you always have some fool that actually believes....judges blondes....only women blondes based on the hair color.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Yup--you never heard of dumb blonde men types..LOL
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• Romania
3 Jun 08
I'm too ashamed to even say what I've done bad, but, hmmm... I'll say it anyway. I am a digital photographer, so you might guess what happend. I used to forget my cards. That is really embarrassing. :)
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I'm a photographer too, not digital though, still use my film camera...uh, how about another lovely...forgetting to take the lens cap off...hehee
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• Romania
5 Jun 08
Yeah that happens often too. But if it isn't an event that you have to shoot it really fast that isn't a problem. I kind of mentally prepare for that.
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@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
2 Jun 08
hahaha, i cant help but chuckle with your story so far i havent done stuff like that coz i tried to check all the possible reason before i let myself get too frustrated or i let my hubby do it for me, easier than to pull all my hair haha. though i know someone who is worst than that, she keeps complaining why the computer is not working and she said she tried everything and all that and she is ready to call the repairman, then my husband asked her is it plug in? guess you know the answer LOL btw, you sure sound so busy with all your stuff out there and great to know your a mac user as well. LOL takecare!
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Ah..so you're a Mac user too! I've often heard stories like that though where people simply forget to plug in their computer...hehe Another story....I was at a friend's home, and she had a computer, but was still a tad computer illiterate..one day I'm rattling about how I did this, and that, that I did a copy/paste of something...she then looks at me and asks, what's copy/paste...thought that was a very basic thing to do on computers
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@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
4 Jun 08
yup, i am one of the apple happy users LOL the same person that i am talking also have the same stories like your friend regarding the copy/paste thing. i have to tell her many things about computer she have mac too but i guess at her age she is not that interested to learn more than she already knew BUT heck i have to repeat many times the word "apple C" as a copy and "apple V" as a paste haha! i wish i can roll my eyes too LOL coz she have other bloopers and sometimes it makes me wonder what is common and basic nowadays - oh well! good night!
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
2 Jun 08
Too often to list...
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Aw--can't you at least list one "moment"???
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9 Jun 08
Well, I've done the same as you - tried to scan in the wrong mode. I won't mention my more serious "senior" moments, because I prefer to forget them - have done in fact...
• United States
3 Jun 08
I was working outside on the yard in the hot sun. When I came inside, I asked my wife to make me a glass of lemonade. She smiled went over to the fridge and grabbed the pitcher, but it was empty. Being the nice wife she is she commenced to make me some fresh lemonade. She gave me a glass of ice then poured the lemonade into it. It tasted really, soapy. She then started laughing! She then realized that when she grabbed the pitcher, she decided to wash it out. She added some dawn dishsoap and placed water in it, took a washrag and wiped the inside. As she was holding a conversation with me at the time, she forgot to empty and rinse it. She just added a packet of lemonade mix and sugar and presto! I now make my own lemonade!
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Eww---my mother told me a story once, and was the reason she never cared for grated Parmesan cheese ever after this incident...her mother used to keep old glass jars and fill them with all kinds of things...so one day they were having a spaghetti dinner and my mother grabs this jar thinking it's the grated cheese..nope...it was soap flakes.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
3 Jun 08
Thank God you knew what to look for, even though it took a few extra minutes. My poor all in one printer gets quite a bit of verbal abuse from me...and I'm usually the one at fault. Right now I have to fax from the glass where copies are made instead of from the usual spot on the top of the machine. Somehow a piece of paper got stuck and I can't get it unjammed to save my infernal life! So the first time I went to fax something from the glass, I hit start and waited....and waited.....and waited some more. Nothing was happening, and I was getting beyond ticked off. I was about to take a sledgehammer to the poor thing, when I decided to look at the little screen that has the readouts, and there it was in bold letters: "Fax from glass?" Boy did I ever feel stupid then. Didn't tell hubby about that one though. I can just imagine the comments he would have come up with. LOL
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Okay....mums the word...I won't tell your husband...hehee Oh yes, paper jams are lovely..fortunately haven't had too many with my printer but it does happen with me from time to time Like geez...once you have all this computer stuff, printers, scanners you have to become an instant technician
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@underdogtoo (9589)
• Philippines
2 Jun 08
I guess we all goof up sometime. Me? I goof up all the time without batting an eyelash.I guess it's part of life. One lesson that I will never forget was the day when with eyelids still heavy with sleep I sat in front of my computer (in the DOS era) and typed a command and waited fo my files to scroll. Nothing! I waited and thought the computer was slower than usual. When I finally woke up to the fact of my goof up I jumped out of my chair. Instead of typing 'dir *.*' I had typed instead, 'del *.*' which wiped out all the files in my folder.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Oh no!! You deleted your files by mistake?? Bet you had some "nice" words you were spewing out when you discovered that major error
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@ElicBxn (61148)
• United States
2 Jun 08
My roomie was trying to set up her printer way back before she lived with me. And she just couldn't figure it out. So, she called the help line and the guy said "okay, pull the orange tabs..." She says: "I'm color blind." "Maybe you need to get someone to help you," he suggested. "Maybe you should make your instructions and drawings better," she suggested right back.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I'm glad you're roomie made a retort back...she had a point...not too many think of the idea that there are people out there who are color blind--labels then should be better..at least label them like #1, #2, something like that rather than a color
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@howard96h (11642)
• New York, New York
2 Jun 08
Hi pye, I am glad you got to figure that out - we wouldn't want you flinging it out the window, you just might hit that barking dog out on the fire escape. Hahahahahaha! You ask if I have ever done anything dumb - well maybe you recall my old discussion where the shirt label said "Iron with a cool iron" so I ironed away and for the life of me could not get the wrinkles out, then I called my mother and asked what I was doing wrong and she asked what setting did I have the iron on, I told her it says "iron with a cool iron" so I never plugged it in - well I now know your suppose to plug it in. I still don't understand why if you plug it in and it gets warm - how is this a cool iron?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Ah yes, I do remember that..and that's a good point, there really is no such thing as a "cool" iron
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
2 Jun 08
Off course Ive done dumb things. And at time Im really mad because I cant figure it out. But I never give up. So yes Im a blonde sometimes too.heheheheheh
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Nope I don't give up either, but whatever the problem is, it sure infuriates me no end, then when I realize it was my mistake I'm sure glad no one is around to see my "duh?" moment...unless my kitties are laughing at me behind my back
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• United States
2 Jun 08
Would this be in the same category as making a pot of coffee without hitting the switch....ummm invisible coffee folks makes clean up a lot easier...lol. Or maybe it is the potatoes cooking without the fire....chewy little buggers. Or maybe it is the washing machine .... doesn't work with the cover open.....those clothes take a long time to dry. I am thinking I might be on the same page as you, but I can't see in the dark...:}
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• United States
2 Jun 08
How bout making coffee without the grounds in the basket? and when your in a rush at that! I've done that with the washing machine but even better..Washing the clothes with plain cold water..hmmmmmmm..wonder why the machine didn't wash the clothes? they are still dirty.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Oh..my..I've done that. That is set something on the stove to cook, and gasps, forget to turn the gas on..I do that a lot when I'm in a hurry to cook something, then return to my computer..then twenty or so minutes later go back into the kitchen and wonder why nothing is cooking...duh??
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• United States
4 Jun 08
Well, all of that sounds better than what I do when I put a pot on high heat to start cooking, then walk away to check my email or something while it gets going real good,then forget all about it till I smell the lovely aroma of charcoal potatoes or blackened chick peas, whatever. At least your way you still get to eat!
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
3 Jun 08
The main thing I have go wrong with scanner is it always says I am out of paper even tho I have plenty! then the other day It kept printing out the same pic even tho I changed it. then to find out it was printing out the ones in Que had to wipe them all out!
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I do that to...forget to delete printing jobs that are in the que also then wonder why I'm getting all these strange printing jobs I no longer need.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
6 Jun 08
lol yup thats it
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jun 08
This kind of thing has happened to all of us at one time or another, pyewacket, so you shouldn't feel too badly.I know that since I have been using the computer(about 3 years now) I have done some incredibly inept things that caused me to wonder where my mind was at that particular time. Just a couple of weeks ago I was trying to log onto the internet and repeatedly got a message stating that I should check my connection. Well, I was absolutely certain there wasn't anything wrong with my connection -until I happened to look over and notice that I had forgotten to reconnect my monitor into the the port! Following that I couldn't help but laugh at myself.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
16 Jun 08
Yes one does have to laugh at oneself for the really dumb mistakes we can do and sometimes it really is a very simple mistake
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
9 Jun 08
Well at least you managed to figure it out eventually lol I just have a basic Printer and no Scanner any more as mine was years old and packed in on me lol I am glad that you have got it sorted in the end though
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I'm glad I was able to sort it out too...I was really getting worried thinking something was wrong with my scanner
@vanities (11409)
• Davao, Philippines
5 Jun 08
im not familiar with wirings and the like but my husband is...its about our tv which he was trying to fix...he knows how to repair a lot of things and that includes our tv ..but maybe due to lack of practice since he was not doing it frequently..when it all of a sudden i heared a sound that seems like an explosion(not really a loud one )..and guess what? it came from our tv...from then on i did not allowed my husband to do the fixing on it...
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Oops...hope it didn't start a fire or anything did it?
• United States
4 Jun 08
I have no savoir faire, especially regarding computers... I was one of those people who had to have one of my kids come and turn the computer on for me not all that many years ago! A couple of years ago I got my first digital camera and was outside trying to take some before and after shots of my canvas tent before I painted it. The camera was acting all screwy and wouldn't give me the little beep beep that says I successfully got my shot. I got so frustrated with the situation that I had to finally put the camera down before I slung it into the river. When I calmed down a little, I decided to see what was showing up when I tried to view the photographs that I had been trying to take. What I had was a bunch of split second jerky videos! I checked the camera and sure enough, the little button that goes either to 'photo' or 'video' was on guess what?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
5 Jun 08
Mmmm..gee let me guess...you had the camera set for video..hehe Unfortunately I had to set up my computer all by my little lonesome self ...not too many people know how to work Macs...so I was a nervous wreck setting everything up, and doing a lot of cursing..
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
3 Jun 08
I just put the photos upside down in my scanner and they come out. I do not even have one that does negatives and reflectives. I have a three in one printer and it does not anything complicated. And I never did anything dumb. I have this innate fear that if I do something idiotic or break something, I will have to pay for it, so being a cheapskate, I am overcautious.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
5 Jun 08
Well my scanner is more involved as it can scan negatives and slides, which was why it was so expensive, but I needed it for my photo work to digitize them