Laptop Detonation

My laptop was stolen in January of this year.  It was a nice laptop, and it was my own stupid fault.  I left it on a plane.  Twenty minutes after arriving at my hotel I realized what had happened, phoned the airline and asked that they look for it.  I had my seat number…
The thing was never found.  I think someone swiped it on the way out of the plane.  Heaven knows they all searched for it (and were very nice about it).  So, it was gone.
I had a short-lived moment of panic: there was a lot of personal information on that thing, but then I remembered that I had a password that was about as break-proof as can be managed.  After a couple tries the memory banks would have been erased and the machine sold on.  It was still annoying, but, as I said, it was my own stupid fault.
I was out of town.  I commissioned a friend to find me another, gave a price range and a sincere thanks.  She found a laptop that had been marked way down because a newer model was being rolled out.  The markdown was very dramatic.  The laptop had huge memory, incredible RAM.  It was fast, capacious – and it was on sale for just about $30 more than I’d budgeted.  Definitely a fabulous buy.
I have been using it and very happy with it, but it started getting a little cranky.  I backed everything up in duplicate and then took it to ‘The Geek Squad’. 
They looked it over, gave some suggestions, and I took it home and followed the suggestions – defrag the thing, do a disk cleanup, upload updates.  It froze.  It would not start.

So I took it back the next day.  It was under warranty, though I had declined the extended warranty.  I left it there, ran my errands – and received a phone call.

You have a defective hard drive.  It will need to be replaced.  It is, however, under warranty… (Imagine the voice of the announcer for Superman).
What can you say?  Machines fail.  I gave the OK to ship the laptop out and get the hard drive replaced (they didn’t have one in stock, since it was an ‘older’ model).  I had no complaints.  It was under warranty and it would be fixed. I had backed everything up, so I had lost no graphics or manuscripts.  And my friend, who found me the laptop in the first place, has one she isn’t using.
Life isn’t always convenient, of course, but I think I was lucky.