Light blogging tonight, thanks to some not-so-fun computer problems — Office XP crashed on me. Hard.

Not one of my Office applications will boot, not even in Safe Mode. Complicating things, the “detect and repair” feature crashes, too. Further complicating matters, I still don’t have an Office XP disc.

(If you’re wondering how I reinstalled Office after losing the disc last winter, it was easy. Since Gateway wasn’t willing to replace my lost media for anything less than full retail price, I borrowed a friend’s Enterprise Edition. Pirating? Moi? I don’t think so. I paid for the product, and I can hardly be blamed for Gateway’s “vindictive disinterest” in helping out a customer in trouble.)

So I’ve ordered a gray-area OEM edition of Office 2003, and it will be here early tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve got no spellchecker, no spreadsheets, and not even any way to finish up the GX magazine food column I have due tomorrow.

This bites.