My father needs my help and my work laptop is dying.
Help me keep my work and school on track and get cool stuff in return!
Due to recent family developments, it is imperative that I'm able to work long-distance. I've set up my fall so I can spend the maximum amount of time focusing on my father and his needs.
My 5 classes during the fall semester are all online, and I have one part-time position and a set of clients that can both be maintained from a long distance. Both my night job and my internship are flexible. Everything is in its place for me to be with my father when he needs me IF I can work from his home.
My father is 80 years old, fighting with recovery and living alone. His health is becoming increasingly delicate and is struggling with basic needs, making it impossible for my father to maintain the 3-bedroom home he currently lives in.
Therefore: For the next three months, it is my main priority to move him to an elderly community where our family will know he is safe. I'm working with contractors and a relator to repair, clean and list his home by the end of September.
I can only do this if I can continue to work while I'm away.
The fact that you've even read this campaign means so much to me. Thank you. Here's the nitty-gritty details:
Hello friends! Most all of you know the nature of my work. Constantly evolving contract-based design and services that are completely dependent on my flexibility and mobility. I got my loyal work-horse of a laptop in 2013 as an open-box older model and it has served me diligently. I've always taken great care to make sure it stays in it's best condition and it still, to this day, can run three Adobe programs without a wince. I love it.
Here lies the issue: About 8 months ago, my computer's keyboard stopped working completely, making it impossible to turn my Mac on to diagnose the issue or back up my data. I was left without access to every file and program I need to work in the middle of a very busy time for Vulpis. Since Apple won't touch the computer for less than $700, I was in a full-on panic about how I was going to afford to fix the one piece of equipment that allows me to retain my clients while attending school full-time. Thankfully, a computer repair shop was able to back-up my hard drive for $70 and Colin was able to spend only $250 on parts and tools to open the computer and fix it himself! Boy's a life-saver. Macs are notoriously difficult to take apart, and even though he fixed the issue, the process took a physical toll on the hardware of the computer...
Since then, I've slowly noticed issues. A fan has failed, causing the computer to become incredibly hot while running hefty processes like Photoshop or InDesign. The screen will occasionally flicker, and the battery's life displays a warning and is slowly waning. All minor issues; nothing that can't be avoided with careful consideration, right?
Wrong. Two days ago, my computer's keyboard died. Again. Colin's confident that it won't survive another home repair.
Apple's estimate starts at $700 for anything that requires the computer to be opened and states that it is their company policy to fix everything that is broken no matter what... putting my repair costs at over $1,000. A new MacBook that suits my needs costs $1,299. It is more cost effective for me to purchase a whole new MacBook. Thanks Apple?
This is a cost that I was slowly preparing for. I knew that I'd eventually need a new computer. But I didn't know I would need to work away from Jacksonville so soon. Time waits for no man, and the bottom line is I need to get home.
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