Yikes. My Powerbook screen went blue today and now it won't boot up properly. Not good. As a veteran of previous catastrophic hard drive crashes, I've learned the hard way to back up my files every couple of days. So the good news is most of my data is safe on a key drive, and the even better news is I've just spent the past few hours successfully rewriting the pages that might have been irrevocably lost.
The rational part of my brain is certain that I've got everything of importance. Of course, there's this horrible, irrational part that fears I've forgotten something really good and if the fine folks at the Apple Store aren't able to save the hard drive it'll be gone forever, but I'm 99% sure that thought isn't based in reality.
In any case, the moral of the story (which I'm sure you've heard before) is to back up your data constantly. At least once a day. Friends have recommended an automatic back up and/or backing up to an online server, and while I've been reluctant to do either, the idea is sounding better and better.
Now by rule I'm not a big drinker, but my exceptions are science fiction conventions and computer crashes. I'm off to track down a
glass bottle of vodka.