I am crushed...
I spent literally all afternoon downloading iTunes 10.5, and then iOS 5. I took a nap through most of this and it only finished right as I woke up. Then it backed up my iPad, and proceeded to the step labeled "extracting software"... and then everything got FUBAR, and fast...
First it popped up with an error "3004", the three thousand and fourth error of them all... What this means, I know not
It said it was unable to restore the iPad because of some sort of trouble talking to Apple
Then I tried quitting iTunes and unplugging my iPad. When I plugged it back in, it said that it had detected an iPad in RESTORE MODE, and needed to restore the iPad before it could connect to iTunes. I clicked "restore" (making peace with losing all my stuff), only to have the restore process fail three times in a row. The most recent time it went back to saying it couldn't connect to Apple servers, but the other two times it said it "couldn't find an iPad" or something
I was initially planning on calling up APPLECARE when I get home and have them try to save me, but I just don't have the energy tonight. My apartment move is now in it's final stages, and I'm beat. I need to eat food or else there could be disastrous consequences, and so that's what I am going to set my mind to when I get off work
Instead my mom will pick me up at 8 45 AM tomorrow to spend hours on the phone trying to save my iPad. I am worried that it won't be fixable, and will require me to get to the APPLE STORE in Albany NY and swap out my iPad... which would be terrible, since my iPad was specially engraved in honor of Enyalios, a minor deity of the ancient world. If I get a replacement iPad, it won't be engraved, and the gods may not look kindly on being slighted