Return of the Laptop
My laptop was lost, and now it is back on my desk. Thank you TSA and DIA Lost and Found!
As I recounted last night, I wasn’t sure I was ever going to see my brand new MacBook Pro again after I left it at a TSA checkpoint at Denver International Airport Saturday night.
This morning while I was huffing on the cross trainer in the basement at 7 a.m., I saw the feet of a delivery man leaving our front door. I put the machine on pause and ran up to see if it might be the computer. Not quite. It was an early delivery by Amazon of a soft-seat potty for my three-year-old grandson. Close enough!
The FedEx tracking info said their delivery was expected before 8 a.m., so by the time 10 a.m. rolled around with no package yet, I began to worry. I called FedEx from my study on the second floor and was just beginning to explain my concern to a real person when I spotted a FedEx van live-parked in front of the house. “It’s here!” I told the phone rep, “Thank you!”
I ran downstairs to meet the driver before she even got to the gate. I signed for the package at 10:07 a.m.
Carlos at DIA’s Lost and Found Department had said he would pack my laptop carefully, and he certainly did. It was wrapped on all sides by tightly-taped bubble wrap. There’s not a scratch on it. Everything is working fine.
When I zipped open the case, I immediately placed one of my business cards inside. If there had been one there Saturday night, I am sure TSA would have called or emailed me in the terminal in time to retrieve it.
When I opened my Mac this morning, I found a feedback form from the City of Denver and a Disclaimer that read as follows:
Pursuant to the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (Colorado Revised Statutes 24–10–101 et. seq.), the City and County of Denver is not liable for tampering of medications, or damage or loss, occurring to an item held or shipped by the Denver International Airport Lost and Found Department.
I get why the lawyers might feel it necessary to include that bloodless disclaimer, but it felt really out of place given how happy I was with Carlos and his department. I sent an email to the city praising his professionalism and courtesy.
With the MacBook Pro up and running, I had plenty of time to prepare for this week’s Kindle Chronicles interview, with Pastor Bryan Hudson of New Covenant Church in Indianapolis. We connected by Skype as if nothing were amiss and had a great conversation about media in Biblical times versus today. Pastor Hudson helps others use new media for ministry. His church also runs a summer camp training young people how to make media, which has the effect of helping them to be more constructive users of it themselves.
During these past two days without my computer I did, of course, have other ways to connect to the Internet. Before FedEx arrived, I used my Fire HD 8 tablet to Skype with a friend in Casper, Wyoming. I wrote last night’s Medium post on Darlene’s MacBook Air.
But the Thunderbolt monitor here at my desk was a dark void for two days, unconnected to the Mother Ship. I am over-the-moon grateful to have my computer back, but I have to admit that I enjoyed the mini-sabbatical from full connection to the Net.
Pastor Hudson shared with me his view that God used tablets and scrolls to communicate in Biblical times, so there is no need to reject technology that can aid his church’s mission in 2016. But you have to know the right way to use it, and to take a break once in a while.
I am traveling just a little bit lighter with my technology tonight. I am glad to have it back but not quite as tethered to it as before. We’ll see how long that lasts!