Monday, November 21, 2005
The man who saves my skin constantly:-)
This was taken a couple of weeks ago. By now, the beard, remnants of no power from Wilma, will be gone and the hair will be about a half-inch shorter, but this is Lloyd. I met Lloyd online when he was a tech on the Windows Forum about five years ago. I owned a computer that everyone on the forum agreed finally had a witch living in it. No other explanation. If anything could go wrong, it did. If I added a new program, it froze. Finally, when the tech who'd built that machine wanted to do something drastic, Lloyd, whom I'd discovered by then lived about twenty minutes from me, offered to come look at the computer. Everybody who knew him told him he was crazy. I could be a mass murderer. My friends told me the same. Instead, in walks this man with an infectuous smile, an easy manner about him, and a solid knowledge of computers (including those inhabited by witches).
Long story short, Lloyd eventually built me another computer and has always been there for me when I needed him, either refusing to take money for his work or taking significantly less than the time he's put in. Yes, there have been marathons lasting hours with the old computer. He does all of this with good humor and graciousness and , while we only see each other at computer fixing time, we stay in touch and I regard him as my friend.
He'll be changing my hard drive tomorrow night after his work day is over and helping me get at least the basics set up so I'll be rolling again, meaning a long day for him. He didn't have to do it, but he does it because ..well, he's Lloyd.