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Letter X Update
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, 1:57 a.m.

Question: What's in an x?

What I Learned: Typing takes its toll.

A few people wanted to know about my lost x. They had some good questions about the lost x, as well as some lost x solutions. I appreciated everyone's concern for my x and realized that perhaps, they had developed a new appreciation of exactly how special their own x was.

I have been traveling for work but I thought I would address the x questions and answers.

If you are bemused, confused, or curious about the missing x, that is not surprising. I am confounded about the missing x too and I know all about it. You might want to read my prior entry, as it will bring you up to speed on the particular x in question and how I came to lose it.

Here is what I can share with you x-wise:

I can type without an x key because the pad is still there. It is like touch-typing on a little chunk of a gumdrop that someone accidentally stuck onto the keyboard but it does the job.

Luckily, I will be able to get the keyboard fixed with a little bit of tech support magic. I am very relieved because I do not have the ability to fiddle too much with those little computer screwdrivers and tiny screws like in my eyeglasses. I am still trying to build up the courage to try to repair my broken sunglasses as it is, and I broke those before the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers were finished up.

I also discovered that some parents have suffered even greater loses in the keyboard wars than I have experienced. There seem to be a few scenarios, with the most dangerous being: proximity of foodstuffs and delicious beverages to the keyboard. Random key acquisition by other family members for unspecified reasons also arises and is perhaps more disturbing because of its inexplicable and unexpected nature.

Some proud keyboard owners have found themselves suddenly without the most basic of keys - making my lose of an x sound truly paltry in comparison. Perspective is so important.

So although I miss my x, I am doing fine without it. However, if anything else goes, I am going to have to go back to pen and paper for a while.

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