Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Why doesn't "normal" or "average" get the job done like it once did? More and more it seems that, in order to get our attention, an event or issue must be over the top, sensational, extraordinary; with social media posts being a prime example.
I think back to the utter contentment of my grandparents who raised 8 children (of 10; 2 died in infancy) on a subsistence farm in the rural south during the Depression and celebrated 73 years of marriage together before death separated them. They are my Thoreauvian idyll of contentment. On late winter afternoons/early evenings when the dark came early, we would stop to visit them at home, without notice. The way we would find them, consistently, still inspires me: their chairs were pulled close, side-by-side, by the dwindling flames of the fire. The TV and radio were off. All was silent except for the occasional whip and whistle of the wind against the woefully uninsulatetd windows or an occasional POP from the fire. The room was dark except for the flickering light of the flame and a small lamp, lit on a table in the corner. They were so deep in conversation that they often didn't know we'd come until we opened the door.
I've always wondered, "what were they talking about when we interrupted?"
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The dreaded visit to THE GEEK SQUAD...
I knew the hard drive on my SONY VAIO notebook was failing. That's why I replaced that computer with a large, inexpensive Windows 8 HP notebook before it was too late. I dutifully transferred my backed up data files then transferred my 10,000+ photos (many laboriously digitally acquired via flatbed scanner). I did it all just in time!
Or so I thought. The photos didn't transfer. The drive died at the next power up. SONY charged $50, all the while assuring me, "we can solve your problem." (Which they did if my problem was having $50 too much money!)
So, here I am with lil Honey, the Best Buy Geek, my Hail Mary pass.
I've just been informed that the files "won't populate" (a $99.99 fix for media backup), so the drive must be "sent off" for data recovery: minimum charge $500 for level 1 and over $1000 for level 3.
Level "0" for $0.00!
I shake lil Homey's hand, thank him for trying, tuck my tail between my legs and slink away.