Followers of my blog will have recognized, that "Schnuckie" is my computer.
"Schnuckie" failed to start last Friday and as I had to send him back to the manufacturers, he will take some time to find his way back to me. You could very well say he abandoned me for a while.
Now you might ask: what does that have to do with Richard Armitage?
His absence made some points of my fandom for Richard Armitage clear to me. This is the reason why I tell you about my "Schnuckie" and his companion "Mausie", who would otherwise have remained anonymous.
The absence of my Schnuckie hit me hard, not only, because all my professional software and software licenses are on this computer.
I still had access, at least for a while, to the internet via another computer, "Mausie".
But on Schnuckie were all the mail accounts and RSS feeds of my fan-obsession. I somehow felt bereft without them, cut off from all the wonderful information. And when Mausie abandoned his monitor, I also lost the ability to watch the film DVD's.
Another aspect of my fandom also occurred to me:
For fandom I use and try to expand my computer skills. Picture editing, website creation, video editing, nice blog sphere behaviour, all of these elements are computer related for me.
Richard Armitage is in some way the motivation for me to better myself.
How can my computers (and here I do not speak in the singular!!!) desert me in all of this?
Computers, my way to Richard Armitage!
The funny thing is, I have not the slightest idea if Richard Armitage even vaguely likes computers.
But I love them, and as you see with "Schnuckie" and "Mausie" even give them names. By the way, my computers are all male ;o)
Their logic and sometimes tricky behaviour just is not female ;o)
But why do I love my computers?
- perhaps because they have to do what I say (sometimes)?
- because in some way they do allow me to do what I want (sometimes)?
Regarding fandom it appeared to me, that these are perhaps also aspects of my fandom.
Nobody is there to disagree or set limitations - at least not the object of adoration.
But my computer "Schnuckie" has 'his' limits as the defect now shows.
Does my fandom have its limits as well?
Oh yes, Richard Armitage does currently not give input as to provide us fans with new material, because he is currently working on "The Hobbit". But as this will take some further time to progress, we are cut off, like I am from my computer.
Perhaps computer and fandom is not such a bad comparison after all, though I started it as a kind of sad joke?
[I must excuse myself for using Richard Armitage for comparison reasons here. It is purely circumstantial and any kind of disregard is completely involuntary. But as I am no other person's fan I had nobody else to compare the computers with.
Not that I think Richard Armitage has anything in common with a computer. He is much too fetching and expressive for that.
You see, I have quite a lot of differences as well. Perhaps I should do - oh no - enough of reminding me of my still not working computer!
You see I miss 'him' badly when I do not have 'him' for some days - and that again is something 'he' has in common with Richard Armitage ;o) ]