Silverchair – “Tomorrow”
About a year and a half ago, my printer started acting up. First, it was really subtle, but it would pull the paper in at a very slight angle. This went on for some time, until the angle got worse and worse, and my papers would end up being printed like this:
Frustrated, we (as I was still living with Callie) borrowed our roommate’s printer and hooked it up. I never bothered to get it looked at, since I’m really bad about that sort of thing. I didn’t want to pay the money to ship it back to Dell, and we had already found another solution. Besides, the scanner on it still worked perfectly, and why fix what isn’t broken?
At any rate, I’ve kept the now-defunct printer hooked up to my computer for a year because of its scanning capabilities. After moving into our new apartment, the printer was sitting on some crates in the living room and I could see into the back of it. I saw some of the pieces of paper it digested* and pulled them out. While I was doing so, I discovered a ballpoint pen sitting in the printer, right where the roll-y wheels feed the paper in. At first I assumed that it had just fallen in there sometime over the last couple of months, as I kept pens and papers on top of it all the time. Then I got to thinking that maybe that pen had been in there longer…
Today I hooked my printer up to test it out, and, um, it was totally the pen. I am SO GLAD I never got around to sending the printer back to Dell to have them look at it, because they totally would have taken one look, discovered the pen, declared me an idiot, and charged me lots of money for it.
Now I just need to buy new ink cartridges – I don’t even have a black one anymore, and the color one is completely empty.
*When it was effing up, it managed to digest a piece of paper. As in, the paper went in, and not all of it came out, and I never saw the missing pieces again. Until the other day.
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