Tragedy is a word that is over-used. People use "tragedy" to describe things that are really just unfortunate events. Don't get me wrong, tragedies are on-going all over the place.
The recent Fort Hood shootings. The mystery surrounding the missing Malaysian Flight 370. Those families are living out a tragedy every day.
Something happened to me yesterday that in my own little narrowly focused world is a tragedy. In real terms, it's just an unfortunate event and one that might even turn out to be nothing if I get lucky.
Yesterday I lost my flash drive. The one with nearly 5 years worth of scans that I've used on this blog. Hundreds of hours of scanning, cropping, editing...lost. I know what you're thinking. "You had a backup right? You're not a complete dumbass, right?"
I have the first couple of years on another flash drive. I copied them over to the "lost" one when I upgraded to one with more memory. I did not have a backup of the last three years worth of scans. I AM a dumbass. Sorry to disappoint you, but you're not 1/10th as disappointed as me.
There is a chance that the flash drive will turn up at home. I remember taking it out of my shorts pocket as I changed into jeans (yes, it's shorts weather now here in Dallas) at home and that's the last I can remember. A few minutes later we left the house and when I headed off to work last night, it was nowhere to be found. I didn't store it in my normal place. It wasn't in my jeans pocket. It's possible I set it down somewhere different. It's possible it fell out of my pocket somewhere when I got my keys out my pocket.
If it turns up, I will make a backup and store it somewhere safe. If it doesn't, well, what can I do? I'll have to get over it. It's not like it's a real tragedy. Just me being stupid.