I never thought I’d be digging through Official The Grinch is this jolly enough shirt, sweater by T-shirtat my trash at the end of my driveway, late at night, wearing my pajamas and tear-stained cheeks. But that is where I found myself the other night. If I could find the rough draft of the keynote presentation I was giving the following morning, I would not have to stay up all night re-writing it from scratch. I don’t know how many times I’d saved the document on my computer throughout the two-week period that I’d worked on at least 50 but when I went to print it out, it was not there. At first, I thought nothing of it. I could search my documents by title or keyword—that always worked. But this time, it didn’t, and my heart began to race.
I then remembered my family always Official The Grinch is this jolly enough shirt, sweater by T-shirtat telling me everything was backed up in the cloud. I quickly found a Youtube video that showed me how to access documents on the cloud. For nearly two hours, I went through every document. My custom-made presentation, timed to be exactly 28 minutes to meet the perimeters of the event hosts, was not in the cloud. I felt sick to my stomach. In desperation, I went to the end of my driveway where the trashcan awaited early morning disposal. I removed several bags. If I could find the draft of the presentation I’d printed out a few days ago, I would not have to stay up all night re-writing it. Using a flashlight, I got down on my knees and began combing through a week’s worth of foul-smelling discards.