My PowerBook has seen a lot of action over the last couple of years. She’s got a small crack in her case and her screen just isn’t as bright as it used to be. I shorted out her processor and spent a month without her. One of her batteries died this summer and now she just doesn’t have quite as much stamina as she used to. And this is probably psychological, but it seems like it takes a lot longer for her to turn on these days.
But none of that is actually what’s been bothering me these days. No, what’s bothering me these days is the keyboard. No, the keys aren’t sticky, despite a few spills. And the keys still have plenty of spring, despite being removed several times so I could clean underneath them.
No, the problem is that I’ve typed so many words on this keyboard that some of the keys have been rubbed shiny smooth by all that action. The right half of my space bar is very shiny, while the left side retains its original flat finish. The left shift key is equally shiny, while right shift is just as unused.
But my real problem is that the F and J key’s nipples just aren’t as perky as they once were.
Where once my fingers gravitated to those little protrusions without any effort, now I have to locate capslock and return with my pinkies to verify that my fingers are in the right place.
When I’m in bed beside her, it takes effort to put my fingers where they’re supposed to be. I might poke her in the ‘i’ if I’m not careful.
When she’s on my lap and I reach blindly for an f, it’s not uncommon for me to accidently hit a ‘g’ instead.
Hm, I wonder if they make BodyPerks for PowerBooks?