As I was sitting at the Mac last night, trying to work on my writing but feeling daunted by the amount of rebuilding (that seemed to keep growing the more I converted my old backup files), I had no idea I'd be getting a related phone call today.
If you want to make the phone ring, start washing dishes.
Actually, I was down to my last pan and mixing bowl when the phone rang. It was my computer person, whom I'd planned to check in with after dishes anyway.
He apologized for not getting back to me sooner, because the follow-up e-mail I'd sent him about a week ago had gotten snagged on his spam filter. He had great news: a friend of his who has a "clean lab" did him a favor (after hearing my sob story) and was able to recover my old (dead) hard drive!
Granted, I still have to pony up some money, but because of their generosity it won't be at the professional clean lab price. I am super excited.
Now, we just have to make sure the computer person's wife can wait a few days to have their new baby--just until he can get the DVD over to me!