Computer Bug Got Ya Down?

Posted on 05 September 2012


On Saturday of Labor Day weekend, my Dad – in his mid-eighties – called me to report a problem with his computer.  This is not an unusual occurrence, as my nieces and others from whom he solicits technical assistance can attest.  He told me that there was an icon-like image of what appeared to be a bird on his computer.  (Now, you should know that his eyesight is not what it once was.)  The icon appeared – he said – on his desktop, any webpage to which he navigated, and any application that he opened.


I did a cursory search on the web and could find nothing (frankly, I had difficulty in formulating a way to describe the problem to enter into the search box).  A while later, my Dad called to say that the problem had resolved itself.  Ever inquisitive, as he was reaching for a small tape measure on the surge protector on which the monitor was seated (to determine the exact location where the image sat on his screen), he bumped the surge protector and the icon disappeared.


I still pondered the source of the image and did a couple more searches to no avail.  I thought “could it be a computer virus?” or “could this be the work of a computer hacker?”


Three days later, I got the answer.  My Dad called declaring that he had solved the problem.  He had taken an afternoon nap and, on arising, had opened the front door.  There, on the glass of his storm door, sat the very same icon he had seen on his computer monitor on Saturday!  It was (drum roll) an insect!!  Yes, a real bug!!! – not a computer virus or the nefarious act of a cyber-terrorist.


The great white hunter set out to capture the beast, but – by the time he found a jar – the “bird” had flown.  But, fortunately, he did get a picture (below).  He’s currently putting out an APB.


Go figure…




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5 Responses to “Computer Bug Got Ya Down?”

  1. Diana says:

    My favorite part of this story was that he was going to measure exactly where this ‘cursor’ was on the screen to try and determine the problem! haha! Glad the problem has been resolved!

  2. Jack S. Fogbound says:

    I think your dad is quite the man who has achieved many names in his lifetime and now he may be named the Bug-man of Maple Shade in achieving a humorous story for your website.

  3. Sammy K. says:

    Hey Tommy, I haven’t visited the site in quite a while. Don’t know why I visited it today, but I nearly lost my teeth from laughing so hard at this story! You made my day.

  4. Tom Sr says:

    Hi Sammy: Glad to hear from you, a lot has transpired since your last comment. I am now a widower with fond memories of a love lost, but this true story made me laugh too. Laughter is good for us in trying times and makes us realize that life is for the living. Keep in touch and God bless you and yours.

  5. Editor says:

    Hey, I saw a strange icon on my door this morning. Mine, however, looked more like a bat. It’s an epidemic!!!

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