Archive for the ‘Eek!’ Category


March 7, 2008

How, I axe you, does somebody get to be our age, did not grow up in Outer Mongolia (or on another planet, for that matter) and NOT know, offhand, any of the music of the Moody Blues??

Had coffee today with old, old friend and frequent commenter Jeff–and it came up in conversation that he would not know a Moody Blues song if it slapped him upside the head.

Needless to say… the indoctrination has begun. I e-mailed him MP3s of a few of the best (and best-known) songs. I also told him if he does not recognize “Nights in White Satin” I will clean out his ears with a toilet plunger.

Speaking of “Nights…” the friend I dragged to the concert and I were discussing on the way back how many bazillion times Justin Hayward has sung that song in the last 40 years, and he still sings it with just as much “oomph” as he did on the original recording. Just amazing.

I just love it when John meanders over to Justin’s side of the stage and the two of them get down and start rockin’ out. Rock on, guys!

And keep on making those funny faces, Justin. You crack me up.


A Little More Notice Would Have Been Nice.

February 6, 2008

Way back around Halloween they measured my apartment for new windows.

I thought they’d forgotten all about it.

This afternoon the landlord called to say they will be here TOMORROW MORNING, and oh by the way I have to clear out everything that’s in front of the three windows to be replaced.

If you have ever seen my computer desk, you will know why I am laughing hysterically and the little men in the white coats are knocking at my door. They’re coming to take me away, ha ha, ho ho, hee hee.


Two Kinds Of News

September 22, 2007

The good news: This morning the landlord came by and told me next week they’re measuring for new thermal paned windows. That should mean (a) less outside neighbor noise (alas, won’t do a thing for the through-the-walls kind) and (b) much smaller utility bills in the winter.

The bad news: You would not believe the rearranging and shoveling I will have to do to make all windows accessible to the window installers. Does “dismantling my entire office” bring up any images?? See, I have this sort of cobbled-together wraparound arrangement that covers three of the walls, including of course the window wall, and to move the part that’s in front of the window, I have to dismantle the whole thing. Bye bye desk. The not-so-bad news is that it should take a few weeks at least to order the windows, so I’ll have some time. I hope. I doubt these are stock sizes; but you never know. The other four windows are a lot easier to get to, thank heaven.

She Thought I Was Kidding…

December 25, 2006

… until she saw it for herself.

No, my mother had no idea her bushes contained a very dead mountain lion.

My grand-nieces told me there was a monster in the bushes.

When we went to look closer…


As If I Needed Further Proof…

November 12, 2006

… that this is just not my week. . . .

It was kind of one of those “P.S. Your cat is dead” moments.

Late last night, as I fiddled endlessly with tweaking my Myspace page, the computer was slowing down to the point that I felt the need to reboot it.

Silly me.

Apparently I have no Windows registry.

Only thing I can figure is Jayne Cobb sneaked in and stole it when I wasn’t looking.

So, when I am supposed to be crunching numbers for the boss, I am doing a complete OS reinstall on the desktop computer.

Not at all how I wanted to spend my Sunday.

And If I’d Had Any Sense…

November 9, 2006

I’d have just gone back to bed and given up for the day.

The zorched coffeemaker was only the first insult. I sat in a doctor’s waiting room for far too long and had forgotten to bring my AlphaSmart so I couldn’t do any writing. Then as soon as I got to my office, (a) my boss was frantic about something (and he had reason to be), and (b) a co-worker’s computer was not talking to the network at all so she couldn’t do any work. I never did figure out what was wrong with her machine, because bigger and badder things were coming my way.

I can’t go into detail (and it would be very boring if I did) but something had happened that bollixed up how we get paid by one of our largest payors. The problem was at their end, but that didn’t help matters any, and for a moment there we were afraid it was much worse even than it was. I do not EVER want to see that look on my boss’s face again as long as I live. I swear, I thought he was going to cry.

I spent the afternoon working with our programmer and doing various procedures to try and address the problem. We have now done everything we can–and now we have to wait to see if it all worked.

Then I had to run off to Target to buy a coffeemaker. One where I can indeed figure out where to pour in the water, thank you very much.

The only good thing was that I am situated in a way that my route takes me the opposite direction of rush hour, so it was smooth sailing all the way home, but gridlocked headlights as far as the eye could see on the opposite lanes of the freeway.

And now I need to write only about 2000 words tonight to get caught up on my novel.

Not How I Wanted To Spend My Day

July 22, 2006

Trying to get ready to leave town at oh-dark-hundred Monday morning, headed for the annual writers’ conference. This year it’s in Atlanta. In the process of copying all the images on my camera cards to CD, to free them up for re-use, my CD burner started acting funny. And I couldn’t find the diagnostic software… so I found the CD and reinstalled it.

And then the ‘pooter would not boot up.

Booted up in “safe” mode and ran every diagnostic I own. No good. Uninstalled the CD burner software. Still no good. So I stuck in the Windows CD and tried to reinstall the OS on top of the old copy.

Bad idea. Halfway through the reinstall, it threw me the blue screen of death, and then refused to boot.

So now I am blowing away the entire OS*, and reinstalling. I did not reformat the HD because I did not get an opportunity, with Windows malfunctioning, to run a full backup first.

We shall see if this works. Stay tuned.**

* The command, from a DOS prompt, is deltree c:\windows. Do NOT try this at home!

** Blogging from the laptop ‘pooter, of course!

Yep, That Would Ruin My Day.

July 1, 2006

Last night, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West was scheduled to play a concert in our town.

When we arrived at the venue, the stage was set up with only five chairs and music stands.

It was then announced that the band’s equipment truck had caught fire enroute and burned.

Fortunately, the five band members who play in the woodwind quintet had not put either their instruments or their uniforms aboard the doomed truck. So, with only a few hours’ notice, they threw together a magnificent program, and entertained us for two hours.

The band had three more tour dates scheduled for the holiday weekend. The jazz band will fill in for those ones–including a performance at the Reagan Library.

I wonder if we’ll ever find out why that truck caught fire.

Uh Oh…

June 7, 2006

… the secondary hard drive on my desktop ‘pooter is playing possum. Without it, I am out of business. Not funny. So I am backing up the primaries, and then it’s off to the computer hospital.

Everybody cross your fingers… please.

We Are Not Amused.

June 30, 2005

So I’m using my co-worker’s ‘pooter because mine is dead. (She’s taking the afternoon off.) And the keyboard quits responding….

Fortunately, a quick reboot cured that… but I’m thinking this must be payback for all of the times I’ve boasted that I have only to enter the same room as a recalcitrant machine and it straightens up and behaves itself.

Not today, alas.