I am depressed.
In a disasterous moment (5 minutes ago) I realized I'd lost everything off my computer.
Since starting this art blog, I have had a blast creating posts about my artwork, other artists, and other art related topics. The last 6 or 7 weeks most of my posts have been focused on and written while I was on my American art tour. I successfully created miniature art hunts in 6 different cities in America.
This Art as Treasure tour has changed my life. I have met great people, created new art, videos, miniature hunts and got to visit places I've never seen before... and now it feels likes it is all erased.
My Brand New 2007 HP Pavilion laptop had given me multiple headaches during my art tour, including losing wireless capabilities, which after 6 hours on the phone with tech service the HP guy tells me every once in a while the wireless card just simply goes out....I'm standing in Jamestown, North Dakota, home of my second art hunt of the tour thinking, "How the heck am I going to create art hunts, post visual clues on my website and edit videos online with Jumpcut from coffee shops and libraries....WITHOUT THE INTERNET?"
Flush 30 dollars down the drain to buy a wireless card for my computer was my solution. It was a successful temporary fix. (i am planning to send the bill to HP and ask for reembersement)
The art tour continues, Billings, Montana; Portland, Oregon; Costa Mesa, California; the beach and the ocean; Salt Lake City, Utah and Yellowstone National Park. Each place we spent a week experiencing amazing things, and amazing people. All this was recorded with video and photographs.
I made a back up disc of my art tour files. Everything. From day one to day 45, over 80 short videos and 600 pictures. Memories captured forever. Having less than 5 days left on my warranty, I sent in my computer for repairs; to fix my non-working wireless capabilities. In the process of repairs, they switched out my hard drive. I literally just set up and plugged it in, all excited to put all of my art tour files back onto the computer, only to find the disc empty.
I typically test each back up disc to make sure it worked, but in the hussel and bussel of completing this art tour and trying to get my computer fixed in a timely manner, I have essentially flushed the images of the most important 6 weeks of my professional and personal life down the drain.
This sickness will stay with me for a while. I guess this means I will not be able to put together my Salt Lake city video....which is VERY sad.
Kelsey, the lone companion with me for the last 6 weeks has told me to treat this like a fire. Try to be happy with what you have, and move on. Good advice. Just hard for me to accept.