My MacBook is on the fritz and has been hospitalized. Thank god my old G4 Powerbook--now four years old--is still functioning.
It turns out that the whining, motorized complaint that began several months back--and had lately become nearly continuous--was my optical drive calling it a day. And when everything froze last week in KY it was the hard drive was found to be responsible. Cue the repair shop, who will take 1/3 the cost of a new computer to resuscitate it.
So I'm laying low for a few days. I'm told that it's back up and walking around now down at the Louisville Apple Store, so we'll reacquaint in a day or two.
Just in case anyone (other than Jeffy, who was the first call when trouble arose) was wondering.