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Mystery Cords

February 24, 2011 - Jennifer Brookens
Today there is a fun game being played at the Sentinel. It's called "Mystery Cords." It's that fun game when you have lots of electronics and need to hook up just one more thing, but you gotta dive into the burr's nest of cords, extensions and outlets and figure out which one is viable, and which one is equivalent to the "END GAME" button.

So far, my little cubicle area has fared OK. Thought I had a few extra cords to spare from the last upgrade, but alas, it wasn't the type they were looking for. But I admit I feel my heart rate jump a little bit as they pull plugs on cords marked, "DO NOT UNPLUG!" And... we're all still here. One of the ladies moved a monitor that was brand new in 2004 that had a big sign taped on it that said "DO NOT TOUCH UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE!" And... no explosions, the building did not collapse, and I hear no riots forming outside. Yet.

I chuckle about this because on a smaller scale, this is the same game we play at home whenever we have to rearrange furniture or add/subtract an electronic piece. I'm still trying to figure out how unplugging the mystery cable that seems to go to nowhere manages to knock out cable access to the entire block. The cats in their attempts to hide from the kids manage to knock out our entertainment center on a weekly basis, and I feel like I'm doing the Commando crawl through the jungle as I try to nudge that master extension outlet an extra half inch into the wall that's just out of my reach. (The yardstick or broom I rely on to help on this extra nudge always manages to disappear too. How convenient.)

I suppose this is why there are tech guys that earn 6-digit salaries who keep all these cords perfectly organized, color-coordinated, plastic-tied into neat ropes and know that the gray cord is the Internet access, and the black one powers the Network, while the yellow one powers everything - DUH!

But the rest of us make do with the "follow the cord" process we learned in the Jumbles activity books we had as kids, and occasionally stumble and bumble along the way. On the bright side, it exercises our brains a little more and usually there's no permanent damag----*CLICK!*


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