05. Bits and Pieces

•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.

14 Responses to 05. Bits and Pieces

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  2. Colleen Rae says:

    You’ll love Quartsite – I was there many years ago. I’ve always loved Arizona, too. Spring is the best – Ocotillo with their brilliant red-oranage blossoms spilling over like cascades of bouquets, Blue Chia splashed across the floor of the plains, gracing the landscape with its indigo hues and pungent aroma. Enjoy the beauty as you drive the road to Quartsite.
    I too feel that quality control is this country needs some efficient restructuring. When new things don’t work well, it tries my patience. I’m not as analytical as you are, I think. I never have the patience to try to figure out WHY something doesn’t work; I”d rather throw it against the wall…just kidding.
    And trying to talk to someone from ‘India’ about tech support has become impossible for me. I always get a guy named ‘Peggy’ and the conversation deterioates after that!

  3. karen wittgraf says:

    Happiest of Birthdays! I hope you’ll enjoy Arizona and don’t get stopped by the paper police. I’m picturing many at the rally to be wearing cowboy hats and toting guns…be careful. Sorry to stereotype but just can’t help myself.
    As for the technological mysteries..that’s what they are. I still believe there is a little spirit in the TV, computer, radio, DVD player, washing machine, dryer, hot water heater, coffee maker, alarm clock, etc. etc. that likes to tease and test and play with us. It’s the only practical answer.
    Enjoy your adventure- I’m expecting a full report! Karen

  4. Dave L: says:

    It’s quite refreshing to find someone, a friend, who has found even one “redeeming feature of Facebook.” It’s entire theme of friendship seems convoluted to me. In my experience, equally as limited as yours, friends entered and developed based on the value offered to each other – different or reinforcing experience, common pursuits, shared activities, but hardly the routine blather found on the Facebook. “My kitty is so cute, I’ve named her Butterscotch; Darn, no dental floss this morning: the weather in Ohio sucks, Oh, did you see her on the GG, I just love her hairdo,” and that might be the better of it.

    I find it incredible that agents and publicists recommend that space as a part of one’s platform and can’t imagine the value they see. As to rediscovering friends, it seems that those I’ve let go or have released me, did so for good reason and the vague recognition of that “familiar” name doesn’t change it. Moreover, I never go looking for something I’ve intentionally dropped.

    Well, that’s my rant for today. It’s the way I truly feel about Facebook this morning. It’s also possible I’ve tumbled into a rabbit hole – a very cute rabbit with a lovely set of ears.

  5. AL PEDERSEN says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! DON’T KNOW YOUR B’DAY OR, MY GOD, YOUR AGE I”M 81, SO I JUDGE FROM OUR 30-SOME YEAR FRIENDSHIP THAT YOUR MUST BE AT LEAST 43. NAH, THAT WOULD BE TOO AGED TO SPEND ONE’S ENTIRE TIME ON THE ROAD. WHEN YOU ARE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD (SOMETIME IN 2012?) ANN PASSED AWAY 10/09/11 AND LEFT ME TO UNRAVEL THIS COMPLEX EXISTENCE. I COULDN’T HAVE HAD A MATE TO EQUAL HER. JUST CONSIDER ME VERY FORTUNATE…BREAK A LEG..BIG AL

  6. cavenoid says:

    I always try to buy appliances and office equipment refurbished from the manufacturer. That way you know it’s been pre-disastered and double-tested to be sure it’s perfect. Besides, you save a lot of money!

    Santa brought not one but TWO TiVos this Christmas. One of them new, one refurbished. Guess which one works like a dream? Not the new one. We have given it a very rude name while waiting for tech support to solve its major problems from afar, and are sure it will be returned by the end of the week.

  7. Dave L: says:

    Al friend,

    I posted a pithy reply to your FB comment and it didn’t take – is there a limit to the number of words you will accept or is it that only “nice” pith is publsihed.

    Disappointed Dave

  8. mal patterson says:

    AL. You just had a birthday, I had no idea you still had birthdays.The good book says you have birthdays uptill three score years and ten, thats why I stopped having them at two score years and nine. But HAPPY BIRTHDAY anyway…

  9. Michael and Marsha Joyce says:

    Quartsite, the happy hunting grounds of old hippies, collectors, and characters wrinkled and sunburned.

    We’d both fit right in.

    Michael

  10. Quartzsite goes on my list of places to visit after I have passed on. My Mac is 11 years old and still going strong (extended forefinger and pinky to ward off bad luck). That must be because I don’t noodle much on new apps. I would like one new thing — and that is a widescreen because everybody who writes me does so on 50″-wide spaces.
    And Happy Birthday, Al.

  11. David Bauer says:

    Happy Birthday, Al. We just returned home from Zihuatanejo and Cabo San Lucas where the whales were frolicking in the ocean and a few cruisers were hanging on an anchor. What a place!

    Be sure to wear your sunglasses and hat with a wide brim. I been told that excess sun contributes to aging. So, stay young. If you are a rock hound, Quartzite may just be the place for you to hang out. I know nothing of the other interesting events that you describe.

  12. Carol & Dick Volckmann says:

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY AL!
    It is already 3 days late – I must be getting younger or something?
    Love and hugs.

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