So I've been up for two hours and during that time have pressed the start button (oh, how I wish I could just insert the icon for it right here) on my MacBook Pro approximately 50 times. With the option key down, with the C held down, off/on, on/off...and how, you wonder, am I typing this? On an ollllllddddd machine, my trusty back-up iBook G4, which has possibly the most lovely form factor of any computer I've ever owned.
Well, turns out that the flashing question mark on my screen will not go away without contacting Apple. At least that's what the manual (it's in print! right next to me! here! - and don't I get kudos just for being able to find it along with the OSX install disks? yay, me) and what the website says. But, of course, dahhling, Apple support doesn't open until 6AM PDT - AND GUESS WHERE I AM?!!? Let's put it this way: three frustrating hours in the future.
I just had to record this for all of you who've ever experienced horrible terrible won't-start computer problems. I should have known. My machine was sending me weird messages yesterday that I chose to not exactly ignore but, let's say, postpone dealing with. And such is my plight today. Are you feeling really really really sorry for me?
PS: A certain member of my household says I'm showing remarkable calm. Meanwhile, I am certain that when an occasional member of this household reads this post, she will get a great big chuckle, saying, well, mom, did you...? And did you...? I DID!!! (for once)