I never thought I'd cave and own anything Apple-related. But Sean, bless his heart, bought me my very own iPad, complete with 3-G and everything. So, here I am, in the land of MAC, browsing the Store and giggling delightedly as we view the stars and constellations.
Oh, and now I'll be able to read Anathem in bed at night. That book weighs seven or eight pounds! 900-some-odd pages! It was killing me. It's been purchased from the Store and downloaded. All that remains is not to fall asleep while reading my iPad and break my nose when it falls out of my hands. Does that happen?
Must sign up with the dreaded "Monopolistic Telephone Company" so the 3-G will work in the car...
Yeah, I'm hooked. Who'da thought it? (Sean's in the office putzing around with it. Every so often I hear a muffled "Mwahahahaha... Oh, you Apple people.)
Sean brought home my very own copy of WALL-E, today. No special reason. Just.. a surprise. The DVD includes that wonderful cartoon called Presto, about the magician and his rabbit, remember the one? We sat there and laughed all over again until the tears practically rolled. It's hysterical!
I was just watching WALL-E, and marveling yet again. I mean, seriously. An animated cockroach. Who's actually cute and sympathetic. I ask you. But it works! I can't watch the whole thing, right now. It's already 4 a.m., for cripe's sake. But WALL-E continues to be enchanting and tug at my heartstrings. Many hours of enjoyment await.
All because my sweetie brought me a surprise. Wow. Just... wow.
It's not really all that wimpy. It has dual Pentium 4 3.0Ghz processors and a gig of RAM. But there were sites I couldn't load at all. What to do...
I got to looking on the bottom side for stats about the hard drive, when I noticed that all the air vents were blocked with dust and crud. Might as well clean them out, while I'm down here.
And guess what! Laptop now has lightning speed again! I sit and watch Firefox load and just giggle. Apparently, the processors have been over-heating all this time, and slowing down to compensate. Or something.
Anyway, lesson one was don't look for zebras. Lesson two was housekeeping really does matter. And lesson three had something to do with the wonders of modern technology. I remain in awe.
I'm a happy camper. Better go dust my living room......
Sean and I were at my mom's in Indiantown, FL. We'd seen a smoke plume earlier in the day and had gone to investigate. We found a brush fire south of town, being tended to by firefighters, and it appeared to be more or less under control.
Later in the afternoon the smoke seemed thicker and more to the west. Still far away, though.
That evening we were playing Scrabble when we noticed the sound of a helicopter hovering in the area. Uh oh. I went outside to investigate. The sky east of Mom's manufactured-home community was glowing bright red and the smoke was fairly thick.
Yeah, I was frightened. Okay, I was acting like a panicky little kid, driving around trying to see where the fire was and what they were doing about it, but I'm terrified of brush fires. Look at California! I'm much more scared of fires than of hurricanes. At least with hurricanes you have advanced warning of potential trajectory and time frames. You have the opportunity to prepare and/or leave the area. Fires can come out of nowhere.
Well, this fire was on our side of the highway, a circumstance I'd been dreading all afternoon. Some of the homes on the east border of the development were being evacuated, just in case. So we had a dilemma. Should we begin piling things into cars and preparing to leave? Should we sit tight and wait? I was a wreck. Online pictures and news reports were unsettling, at least to me. However, cooler heads prevailed and eventually persuaded me to simmer down and be sensible. We even finished our Scrabble game.
Sure enough, by 11:30 local authorities reported that the fire was over 50% contained and posed no further threat to "adjacent structures."
As it turns out, there were actually four separate fires, at least one of which was deliberately set by some kids who are in custody. Burned over 500 acres in this tinderbox. I hesitate to wish for rain, because around here it often comes accompanied with... um... very high winds? But we sure could use some. (And yeah, Tom, I DID fix the sprinklers!)
Update - Monday, 5:30 p.m.:
Apparently, one of the fires, yeah, the one I was worried about, has re-ignited and is threatening some homes north of Indiantown. The smoke is horrendous. Residents in my mom's community are wondering what to do. I hate this.
We fixed the clothes dryer!
After figuring out that the belt had given up the ghost, I called around for some estimates to have said belt replaced. Best price I could find was... get this... $265.00! For an $18 part! So. I ordered a new belt, plus an idler assembly, just in case, and also a do-it-yourself manual, from Sears.com. (Kenmore dryer) Total, with shipping, was $63. (Turns out the idler pulley was totally gone, and I was right to have ordered a new one.)
The repair took about 30 minutes, and some aspects of it did sorta resemble a Chinese fire drill, but we got it done! Dryer works beautifully. And I'm ahead $200.00. Not bad for half an hour's work, I'd say.
Am I proud, you ask? Oh, hell, yeah!
Rickrolled in the Macy's Parade!!!!!!
Marlins ------ 17 runs 22 hits 2 errors
Rockies ------ 18 runs 21 hits 0 errors
A real pitchers' duel, that. Game took four hours. Marlins led until bottom of the ninth.