My computer died a horrible death today thanks to a computer virus/spyware that I most likely picked up from Facebook game applications. That sucks! Not just because I lost my computer, but because I lost my computer due to meaningless, pointless, point-and-click Facebook game drudgery. The virtual equivalent of computer junk food for my brain (and PC)– e-crap. And just like when I shovel my body full of crappy food and spend a lot of time idle, my computer suffered. It’s performance declined considerably until it died. Not a pleasant thought.
Odd part though. How did I react to this stress. By that I mean the stress of losing my computer on the first day of classes and I am teaching an ONLINE class!!! Well I responded by downing about half a dozen sugar cookies my wife and daughter baked last night; cookies I wouldn’t have eaten if I wasn’t stressed out beyond belief today. I also skipped lunch and my afternoon protein shake and downed a pretty unhealthy dinner as well. But to be fair, I hadn’t fully digested the lesson of this whole situation until an hour or so ago. That was when, much like Doc from Back to the Future, I banged my head on the desk while installing the new computer. Instead of coming up with the idea for a flux capacitor, I suddenly realized the important lesson I laid out for you above. Garbage in, Garbage out, isn’t just for computer geeks. It is a good policy for all of us as well when it comes to our health.
Now all of this is kind of silly since, of course, I knew this before. But after the hit to my wallet and pride, the lesson has been burned even deeper into my psyche. I won’t soon forget it. I also won’t be playing any Facebook games anytime soon. So many lessons learned.