Thursday, March 6, 2014

Quick! Get a New One Before It Dies!

I’m not sure when it happened.  There must have been a turning point, but I don’t know when it was.  Certainly in the last year, since I retired, since many of the projects around here were completed, but there wasn’t a specific date or event that stands out. 

I have become one-with-my-laptop.  Or one-with-the-Internet.  No matter what you call it, I now spend a significant amount of time with my face in a computer screen, mostly reading and sometimes writing.  Oh, and sometimes shopping.  And of course “socializing”……..

Now I still hang out with Bill every evening and nearly all day on weekends, and a lot of that time we are both on our laptops.  Facebook for both of us, but while I’m usually reading blogs or window-shopping for motorhomes, he is working on his music library.  So he actually has something to show for his hours at the keyboard – me, not so much.  The family and the house and the yard are well taken care of.  The dog does get walked every day.  No one goes hungry.  I don’t know what I used to do with the time I now spend on the Internet and it’s interesting that I don’t know.  But alas, there it is.

This is only relevant at this time because my laptop has been dying for a couple months with increased signs that its time is very near.  When the realization came last night that it wouldn’t be long before I would be facing a blank, black screen I panicked!  Whatever will I do?? 

I still have an e-reader with access to thousands of books; I have book-books on the shelf; and I love to read.  Netflix always has a movie or old tv series to get caught up on.  Although nearly all the projects around here are complete, there are certainly a fair amount of things to be done.  The weather is improving daily and there are numerous walking and biking trails to enjoy in the area.  I can still have a car every day if I want to drive somewhere.  We have that very large tax debt to payoff. But…..OMG! I can’t possibly be without a computer – not for a week, or a day, or likely a couple hours! 

So sad.  Really.  I don’t know when this happened.  I do know when the new laptop was purchased though.  That would be tonight.


  1. My laptoop died and I immediately swiped Johns'. Not very nice, was it. Oh well, Four months later, I am still using john's or my smart phone. Congrats on your new 'puter.

  2. What a good guy that John - you should keep him! Prices on laptops have come waaaaay down so I'm pretty happy with this new one. And I actually like Windows 8.1 so far :-).

  3. Too funny Jodee. How do we get so addicted to these things. Mine is beginning to feel like worth though. What did you buy as your new one?? Windows 8?? I just upgraded to Windows 7 from XP and hate it. XP was so good!! I usually like change but not when it makes things more difficult.

  4. Yep, Windows 8.1. I was dreading learning the new program, especially because it was designed to be touch-screen-friendly and I didn't want a touch screen. I have to say it has been the easiest transition I've had (IBM Selectric to Doss being the first of many). The Home page is awesome and intuitive to learn - I like that I can always bail out to the Home page if I get myself lost :-).

    Bummed about your paddle :-(.

  5. Your dog Tessa looks so much like my boy Teddy!

    1. Teddy is a real cutey! They do look a lot alike with the darker points and that flag tail. I bet he's as spoiled as she is too - that face gets you every time!!!