Way to go Syd, last month’s Mistake Maker, whose real just-a-joke made her look like a real just-a-jerk. You win a manicure from Sparks Nail Salon! Thanks for sharing your story! Now here’s mine:

As the end of the March came to a close I wracked my brains for a real Mistake of the Month. Sure, I had gone through a major break up, lostmy monthly bus pass for the second time in three months, succumbed to peer pressure and danced around a well populated bar wearing an old beige bra, and also spent four hundred dollars on something I’m defensively calling “my fashion glasses,” but all in all, it seemed that March went off without hitch.

And then, last week, oh so ironically, I decided to listen to “American Music” by the Violent Femmes on Youtube. Great choice. Lots of fun.Yay! But, hey!, I have a lot of their music on my external hard drive. Why not listen to more? Cue plugging in hard drive. Cue searching for music files. Cue bewilderment. Cue weird desperate file search. Cue the deadening of my soul. Cue mental suffering and anguish. Cue Q just laughing his terrible laugh in my face. Cue you being like “Oh, that reference seems out-of-place.” Cue me agreeing but leaving it in there anyway. Cue me moving on to the next paragraph in which I vaguely explain why this was so upsetting.

Yeaaaaaars worth of music gone. GONE. GONE. GONE. Somehow while I used my external hard drive as a Time Machine backup, I also used it as a Memory Eraser, BECAUSE THOSE THOUSANDS OF SONGS ARE MY MEMORIES. THEY REMIND ME OF ME. AND NOW I AM NOTHING. I’m not going to get into how much I loved my music collection and how I used to be a gross snob jerk about collecting and organizing my music files or making mixed CDs and blah blah blah because IT’S ALL OVER NOW. Years worth of music just CRRRKK gone down that tiny garbage can of life. Blah. I am cringing.

So that was my mistake of the month. Maybe it seems inconsequential to you, maybe the music isn’t in your soul… baby. What if I took all yourmusic away and the sun and the air and all the things you love in the world? It wouldn’t be exactly the same, in any way, but it would make you feel bad for thinking my mistake was insignificant. I won’t do that. I’m not a mean person. Just a computer dummy. SIGH.

So what’d you do wrong this month? Something tiny? Something huge? Tiny or huge or medium or weird, we’re all mistake makers here. Leave your story as a comment below and you’ll be entered in a draw to win a manicure from SPARKS SALON