Okay, I'll stop numbering my posts, I'm just a little giddy that I'm still blogging. (Intelligibly or not is another topic.)
I wanted to thank everyone for the computer advice. I'm actually pretty good at backing up info, though I did buy another drive and backed up just frelling everything.
What had happened, though, was that the screen of my laptop - well, smashed. Not really; the plastic is still intact, but the lit display looks like the end of a kaleidoscope, or of the smashed-streaked-car-window they'd examine on CSI (Vegas, 'cause that's the only one that counts, with due respect to David Caruso) to determine what fluids are blood and which are cappuccino.
So I can see the little apple icon up in the left corner, to know that a menu drops when I click on it. What I can't see is....anything else.
I have a big deadline coming up at work, so I couldn't afford to lose access to the contents of my laptop to have it serviced. I'd been planning on buying a 20" screen anyway, so I got myself an early Christmas present, hooked it up to the laptop, and - ta da! Accessibility!
Now I'm hoping the laptop repair won't cost more than $500....*sigh*.....