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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Well, as devastated as I am by the loss of about 2000 emails I hadn’t yet responded to (and a few I hadn’t even read), I have this fact to brighten my day:

While my main inbox was essentially wiped, I *have* been able to salvage and restore approximately 20,000 saved spam emails that had been automatically routed to a different folder that did not have time to syncronize before I shut my mail program down to stop the syncing.

TWENTY THOUSAND EMAILS (well, OK, spam) SAVED!!!

Woo!

More seriously, I can look at this and say that this is probably one of the worst things that have happened to me in at least five years, if not more. And then I can look at this and say *THIS* is one of the worst things that have happened to me in about five years. Wow. I am very lucky and very fortunate. In the grand scheme of things, as much as this kind of thing upsets me, this little incident is almost irrelevant.

Emails that I save compulsively were lost, but hey, most people just delete theirs anyway. We went through hurricanes but still have a place to live and didn’t lose much. I got laid off but within months (and before the money ran out) had a new and better job. I had to move almost 1000 miles, further away from family and friends than ever before, but I found Brandy and Amy and they wanted to go with me, and I am not alone.

No, I have it pretty damn good.

And last night, when I was having my obsessive compulsive fit and was freaking out and breaking down and showing my depression, Brandy pulled out what was supposed to be a Christmas present, and to cheer me up gave it to me early. A white labcoat with “Abulsme Noibatno Itramne” embroidered onto it in the area where the name goes. A prefect mad-scientist labcoat! Through everything else that was going on, it made me smile.

Can it get any better than that?

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