The monitor for my computer went out a week or so ago. If you’re a writer, that means you’re dead in the water, so I was dead for a day. I’m so out of touch; I didn’t know where to even go to buy another one. I left this up to my son. He knows how to handle this stuff.
The monitor that died wasn’t that old. Nothing holds up anymore. Everything is disposable these days. Well, not everything, but you know what I’m saying.
Ever since the monitor has been replaced for my computer, I’ve been thinking about typewriters. I remember my mother had an old Royal Manual—looks like the one in the photo. She had it when she was in high school, used it in her adult life and I used it too when I was growing up. So did my brothers. When she died, she still had it and we gave it to a cousin or something. It was still working and I assume it still is. Repairs were never an issue. All you ever had to do with that typewriter was change the ribbon.
Back in my 20’s, I typed my first short stories on an old portable typewriter. I think it was also a Royal. It always worked too. Nothing ever “went out” on it.
Typewriters are history. Now, I need to figure out where to buy replacement parts for my computer.
Computers are a necessary tool for a writer these days. I can’t go back to typing my little stories or essays or novels on a typewriter. For example, what would my editor at CityBeat say if I turned in my next column on typed pages? He would say, “You’re an idiot! Go to a computer, retype your shit and then send it to me!” Well, he’s too nice a guy to say that, but that’s what he would be thinking.
On my mother’s old typewriter and on my portable, I never once got an e-mail. I never had to deal with pop-up or junk ads either. Those typewriters never wanted a damn thing from me except to type.
Of course, on those typewriters, I couldn’t watch my Woody Allen movies or “Seinfeld” reruns or read The New York Times online and with using a computer, I’m saving a few trees, so I’m ending this post thinking positive.
Now, let’s hope I can get these words to my blog before my monitor goes out.
(Image from machinesoflovinggrace.com)