Reading Comprehension

Both of our laptops suffered unfortunate deaths over the last few months. Well, mine died way back in the spring, and Jess' was suffering from a degenerative condition resulting in it being mostly inoperable. I held on to my laptop because most of the pieces were still good, so it seemed a shame to just get rid of them. Now that both the computers were dead, I decided it was time to get rid of the pieces. So I dismantled all the usable stuff (memory, batteries, optical drives, whatever). I looked on eBay and decided it wasn't worth trying to sell any of it so I listed it for free on Craigslist. The posting starts out like this:

My laptop died a couple of months ago, and my wife's died last month. So I have a couple handfuls of parts to get rid of. They don't seem to be worth trying to sell on ebay, so I'm offering them up for free here.

Apparently, some of the people missed the possessive on "wife". I received these replies:

From Keith:

So sorry to hear about your wife....but life must go on....

From Lorimer (in the form of an eCard with a picture of flowers!):

I'm so sorry to hear that your wife is in a better place now. I hope she had a good life. My sincere condolence.

As for the laptop parts that you're giving away on Craigslist, if it's okay with you, I would like to take them all off your hand in light of relieving some of the burdens off your shoulder

FYI: I Did

We were watching some West Wing last night while eating dinner. Jess got up and walked to the kitchen. I was still sitting on the couch when it felt like someone had walked into the end of the couch—a definitive bump, and small, but noticeable, jostling. I thought it was weird and mentioned it to Jess. She said something along the lines of me being crazy. Well, this morning I happened to overhear something about an earthquake. Turns out that at 8:30 p.m. last night (which would have been right around when the couch event occurred) there was a magnitude 3.7 earthquake right next door in Pleasanton. According to the Contra Costa Times people reported feeling the earthquake up to 60 miles away. Since we are less than 10 miles from the epicenter, I don't think it is unreasonable to assume that what occurred last night was the earthquake.

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