Yesterday was a fail rollercoaster left and right and boy was that an interesting day.
It all started pretty good, I had plans to de-clutter my workplace and leave everything set and ready for the big day.
Turns out I bought some computer hardware from Amazon like two weeks ago for the new computer rig I have been working on.
You see, my main computer died on me not too long ago so I needed something else to work with and decided to build a new computer from scratch.
Right now I have a crappy desktop computer and an old Macbook.
I really can’t use these computers for anything that requires some decent processing power.
And by ‘anything’ I mean basic stuff like video recording, video editing and all those tasks that are required in order for you to create a quality product to sell.
The Bad News
Well I was told that the computer parts that were supposed to arrive today are not arriving at all (long story).
I’m hoping I can get them on March 19th but that’s just an assumption so I’m not even sure when I’m actually going to receive the hardware I was expecting today.
As a quick disclaimer, I have to point out that this is nobody’s fault since the items are being handled by friends out of any interest so this is just one of those situations that I just have to deal with it.
The Car Ride
And sure I dealt with it.
After knowing the bad news, I immediately grabbed my car keys and rushed to the local computer store.
I decided to buy any hard drive and get out of the situation myself as soon as possible and have that computer up and running once and for all.
I planned I would install the operating system, the applications I required and once I got the new solid state drive, then I would just clone the hard drive and use the temporary hard drive as an external unit.
And Then The Car Almost Dies
Here’s the kicker though… I’m on my way to the store and after a few blocks, my car starts running out of gas… a quick ironic laugh and a “thank you” directed towards the sky… I forgot I was low on gas the day before and now I was stuck in traffic with a hungry old SUV truck gasping for more gas.
It really felt like the car was going to just fail on me right in the middle of that traffic chaos, I’m not sure how but I barely made it to the gas station.
Then I’m thinking to myself “man, this is nothing… I’m going to make this day better no matter what and get it fixed” and there I go off to the store’s parking lot and I start running to the computer store as I begin to get a bit anxious on the whole negative chain reaction.
The Computer Store
As soon as I entered the store, I asked to see the hard drives in stock and I was given one that I almost dropped as soon as I realized what it was.
It was a Seagate SATA hard drive, the Barracuda type. Massive YUCK.
These have to be the shittiest hard drives ever made and I immediately asked for another brand “whatever you got but not Seagate Barracuda’s…” and the answer I got was that these are very sturdy and can take a lot of computer abuse…
A long deep breath from me and I decided to play it cool…
“Look, I really don’t like these hard drives, can you please see if you have any other brand available?”
And the computer sales guy starts off by saying how many people ask for that brand and how great they are at gaming and for karaoke machines and then I started to get a bit pissed on the whole situation.
I did not have the time (or the mood) to talk about computer backgrounds or anything of that (I can’t stand computer nerd wannabe’s either) so I just told him this time:
“I own two exact Seagate Barracuda’s which I bought for building a server with a raid array*, one of the disks died a lot sooner than expected and the second one followed 10 days afterwards.”
(I have more bad experiences with these drives than that but that’s all I said to the store clerk, I wasn’t trying to be an ass to him, I just wanted another brand and get on with it.)
He had that “what?” expression on his face and then started saying how these were the only ones that the provider was selling to them.
After that answer I knew I was not going to go anywhere so I decided to buy the horrendous hard drive.
*(a raid array is a hard drives configuration for either balancing charge loads or security matters, normally used inside servers)
Credit Card Hell
The credit card was used twice, didn’t work.
The people on this store trust me since I always buy my hardware there and they actually owe me a very expensive video card which they haven’t delivered it to me yet.
So I thought maybe I could just take the hard drive and come back tomorrow and try again but that did not happen.
I told the lady, “okay, you know what? Let’s call the bank then” and she handed me a phone.
Half an hour later of listening to automated voices and music designed to make me crazy, I finally got to speak with a human bank executive, only to receive a number and a forwarded call to nobody land.
After something like 15 extra minutes, the lady starts giving me strange looks and then she couldn’t take it anymore.
She told me she really needed the phone and asked if what I was doing was going to take any more time.
Felt instantly embarrased and decided to hang up and then asked her “Okay I can’t solve this with the bank, they’re just not picking up the phone again, so what do we do now?”
Naive or not, I was expecting a positive answer but she told me “Well you tell me”.
I was already embarrased and I was definitely not going to suggest to take the hard drive home without paying for it and achieve maximum embarrasment level so I just replied… “I’ll come back tomorrow” and got out of the store.
Bank Representatives & Security Locks
By this time I am standing right on the sidewalk with a massive headache and trying to figure out what to do next before totally losing my mind (the bank was closed already so that wasn’t an option).
The reason I got from the bank representative was that the credit card had a “security lock” on and that’s why I couldn’t make the processing charge to it.
This security lock thing has happened at least three times now and I have the paranoic assumption that the people that call me every single day from the bank to sell me insurance, are getting back at me for not buying the service.
It’s not that I want to blame someone about it but man, it sure feels like I’m being picked on.
Trying To Fix It Somehow
I started driving home and I was trying to think of something that could pull me off the frustration mode I got into and the only things I could think about, were these three:
1. I called my girlfriend and then my cell phone died… Are… You… Kidding… Me?
Honestly, I just focused on getting to my house without crashing the car because the whole day was kind of designed to make everything go bad for me.
I even took an alternative route with less traffic because I really, really felt like I was having one of those God’s prank days.
2. I thought about going for a run (jogging) but as much as I wanted to do this, I was already paranoid of my huge bad day and I was definitely not going to risk myself to make it even worse.
Maybe I could be victim of armed robbery or who knows, a meteor landing on my SUV, the possibilities suddenly weren’t that remote.
3. I made it home safely (at last!) and I chose to turn off all “marketing activities” and decided to socialize inside an “anything goes” marketing conference room.
Anything Goes Conference Room
This place is filled with people I really like to socialize with.
There are no pitching fests and they genuinely care about helping the newcomers to make progress with their internet businesses and promotions.
However, logging there did not contributed for my search of inner peace either.
There were some questions that in my personal opinion lacked the right mindset and resulted in an instant turn off and another thing to add to the set of failure compilation I had been building throughout the day.
I got a few good ideas from a quick topic suggestion contest/exercise so it wasn’t that bad after all.
But still, I decided to flee from the conference room and started writing this blog post you’re currently reading right now.
Writing did help and now (a day later) I have a clearer mind… Just in case you were wondering what happened in the end, I survived.
You’ll encounter bad days and sometimes you’ll find very bad days.
For me, this was easily the crappiest day on my whole “Internet Marketing Career” because no matter how hard I tried to make it right, I kept failing miserably each and every time.
Positive thinking: I didn’t buy a hard disk that I’d have massively hated and I also got a few good ideas to write about and who knows, maybe even create a product from.
And last but not least… I’m not really into motivational videos, quotes or anything but I really needed something to lift my spirit and then I found this…
The Time Is Now
Want To Share?
Have you had any days that go from bad to worse and if you have, have you been able to stop the failing pattern and make them better?
I would love to know what your thoughts are on this.
PS. I’m still standing.
PPS. For ultimate trolling level, this whole hard disk thing started because I couldn’t buy a solid state drive anywhere in Mexico.
Well I just checked the online store I normally get my stuff from when I can’t get it on my local store and they have a whole new stock of solid state drives ready for shipping…
How’s that for irony?