June Bug Season

So this weekend continued a long bought of incidents that have caused me to regress further into my depression. It seems like every fucking time I try to do something around the house, I come out of it scathed and feeling defeated. This weekend was no exception.

Friday evening, I thought I would come home, take the dog to the dog park so she could get out some of that pent up energy from being cooped up in the backyard all day. Everything went fine there, we had plenty of dogs to wrestle with and lots of daylight. Got back to the house and decided to water the lawn. Instead of my usual routine of turning on the water, going inside, and completely forgetting about it, I decided to take a different approach. I got out a lawn chair, positioned the sprinkler in the first position, pulled out my two-week old iPad 2 and started playing a game. After 5 or 10 minutes, I moved the sprinkler, sat back down, resumed playing my game. After a couple rounds of that, the sun started going down. If you live in TX, then you know we have "bug seasons". Right now, it's June Bug season. Right at dusk, giant June Bugs come out of nowhere and begin dive-bombing anything that remotely resembles light. Completely engrossed in my game, my concentration was broken when something giant attempted to fling itself down my shirt. I jumped to my feet and My iPad was suddenly air-born. Seemed like entire world stood still for the 1.5 seconds between launch and landing.

I held my breath while I walked over and picked up the iPad. For a brief moment I thought it was ok. Then I saw the screen. Shattered. My heart sank.

I took the iPad into the Apple store the following week to see if they could replace the screen, before I tried to take it to one of those aftermarket places. I made my appointment for the Genius Bar and waited… When I got up to the counter, I told the woman my entire story. She listened intently and told me how sorry she was that this happened and didn’t know if there was anything they could do for me, but she went to talk to a manager anyway. I was shocked to find that when she came back they said they could REPLACE the iPad! They just gave me another one at no charge! I couldn’t believe it. I was so upset and feeling so down, and then this. I really didn’t expect them to do anything, just thought maybe I could pay for the glass replacement. Such a better ending than I had anticipated.

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