•Next stop, Quartzsite, AZ. I am psyched by what I have heard about Quartzsite. If you google it, you get the idea it is a big RV show. But if you talk with people who’ve been there, it sounds like a spectacle part Burning Man, Orange Bowl half-time show, Opening Day on the Bay, and RAGBRAI. Expect a report sometime next week.
•I like the notion this blog has become a conversation. The polio vignette prompted several to share a personal experience.
•I am waiting for my new computer to arrive. The quote to replace the logic board of my five-year old Mac was more than half the price of a new computer even including the necessary software upgrades.
You back up your hard disc, right? Backing up is right up there with flossing and eating your prunes on your check list of things that keep your life working. I bought a 500-gig backup drive just a few months ago. It hummed for 90 mins when I did a full backup. And I will find out if the prayer flags I pray to will help the Restore function work properly.
•Things I always buy new: computers and bicycles.
Computers obsolesce quickly and when they need repair, they gotcha by the parts. Although every computer I ever bought had far more capability than I imagined I’d ever need, I eventually grew into them especially as I upgraded megabit-hungry software.
Second-hand medium-to high-tech bicycles tend to need so many parts replaced soon after purchase that the cost soon approaches the price of a new bike.
•Things I have never bought new: houses, cars, and motorhomes.
I have an expectation that new things should work properly. When they don’t, a crazy-making process begins. Starting with trying to figure out whether the problem is poor engineering or poor assembly, moving to the labyrinth of phone option menus to get to the point of being put on hold until coffee break is over, and ending with a relaxing spiral into apoplexy. When I bought the Jolly Swag, I expected I have to fuss and fix, scratch my head and read manuals, and get acquainted with my new, best friend, Tex Support.
•I have discovered the first-ever redeeming feature of Facebook: its ability to prompt friends, acquaintances, and web connections to reach out and touch. Thanks to them, there was a bumper crop of birthday wishes this year. Still robust and enjoying life, I have reached the stage of being grateful simply to have another birthday.