First of all, Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there, especially my dad, my husband, and my father-in-law, all the Enoch dads, all the Mercer dads, and all the Daw dads! (It would be impossible to list them all!)
I want to talk about something my father taught me from a very young age. He had a list of problem-solving steps that I use to this day. He used them when he was fixing the cars or the refrigerator or washing machine or whatever. I use them for computer problems – hardware or software – or any other “fixing” necessity. Here they are for your benefit.
Rule No. 1: There’s nothing wrong.
This rule has you examine your perspective and assumptions. Whatever it is, it’s doing exactly what it’s supposed to… you’re just looking at it wrong.
Rule No. 2: It’s the very simplest thing possible.
It’s not plugged in. It’s not turned on. Move your mouse, or replace the battery in your mouse. The light bulb is burned out. It’s out of gas. Blow the dust off of it. You didn’t push it all the way in.
Rule No. 3: Try it backwards.
Turn it around. Screw it the other direction. Flip it over. Then go back to Rules 1 and 2.
Rule No. 4: What was the last thing you did?
Undo it. Then go back to Rules 1 through 3.
I think there is a Rule No. 5, but honestly, I don’t remember it. I’ve never needed it. I have found, in my 51 years, that most problems are figured out and fixed by the time you get to No. 3, and usually by the time you get to No. 2.
I sent a card to my dad this Fathers Day that said, “I remember what you taught me… [inside]… the crissy-crossy screwdriver goes with the crissy-crossy screws.” I admit to being a very girly girl, but I DO know how to use a Phillips screwdriver. I also know how to add brake fluid to the master cylinder in a 1972 Dodge Dart. I can use the term “master cylinder” and sound really car-savvy. I know how to check the air pressure in tires and fill them up with a compressor. And, one other extremely useful skill: watching and anticipating what someone needs when I am helping them; thinking ahead and being ready with the next tool.
All of these things I learned from my dad, and they have served me very well. Thanks, Daddy, and Happy Fathers Day! I love you!