“A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.”

My PC is ailing. This morning has been a struggle. I think I’ll have to stop at my computer place and discuss the symptoms. I got so frustrated earlier that the air got blue a few times, but I did feel better afterwards.

We have had two days of rain, and I couldn’t be happier. Everything was just so dry, and there have been brush fires across the state. The red alert for fire possibilities has been in effect for several weeks so I hope the rain has helped lower the dangers.

Today is an out and about day. I have a few errands and some fun shopping which makes those errands more palatable. It is cool enough that Miss Gracie can come. Right now she is napping after her exhausting morning of barking and barking at the rabbit which decided to sit within her view and mock her.

My exertions at the computer have wiped out any original thought. I really hate it when machines out of my control begin to malfunction. With the small appliances, made for obsolescence, I just toss them and buy another. I always figure they were meant for a short life on this earth. But with larger machines like computers or even washing machines, my daily life is totally interrupted. I can’t wear dirty clothes and washing machines aren’t cheap. My MAC can replace my PC but I haven’t transferred all the files so that might be next. I’m groaning at the thought.

My mother always went over her budget when she bought us shoes. She figured the more expensive ones would save her money in the long run. She was right. Ihave the same philosophy with most things, not just shoes. I do a lot of research as sometimes small ticket items are just as good as large but without the fanfare, but I don’t mind spending the money if what I’m getting is worth the price.

Okay, this one is a doozie. The other day I got a free download from Noel Paul Stookey. It was an e-mail sent widespread, “In thanks for your past support of Noel Paul Stookey and Neworld Multimedia Music.” It also came with a video. I laughed and deleted it.

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20 Comments on ““A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The last line of your post made me laugh out loud. πŸ™‚

    My computer has been like sludge lately. I think it’s a combination of Norton antivirus and kids home from school hogging the internets all day. At 2 in the morning this thing is like greased lightening.

    I have an errand today that cannot be postponed so I will venture out into the drizzle. Maybe I will then do groceries and laundry. Or maybe I won’t.

    Enjoy the lovely rain.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I just loved I was being thanked for my pasr support.

      My computer turns itself off but freezes first. It is time for a check-up at the computer doctor.

      I decided it was raining too hard, and I wanted a nap instead so I postponed my errands. Gracie hates the rain so I’m sure she didn’t mind.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Nothing like a good Stookenator story to get Monday going. Might want to contact him and let him know that you are being spammed.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Sunny all day here until we stopped working, then the rain came and it isn’t welcome any longer πŸ™‚ We have enough water to share with the world as it is now.

    I hate computer problems! I just want to throw it on the wall but that is one way to be sure it just will get worse πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I have the same philosophy! Buy cheap by buying expensive. The nasty expensive shoes I bought last summer still looks as new and I think they’ll last at least two more summers without any problems. But that philosophy sort of hurts when it comes to expensive washing machines even if I know its most likely true when it comes to those as well.

    I couldn’t but laugh when I read that last sentence πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    • Hedley Says:

      I would be very interested to hear your thoughs on Le Pen getting 20% of the votes yesterday in France. Do you think that it is a fundamental shift in French society or a knee jerk reaction to econonic hardships ?
      Any which way the NF getting 20% of the vote should make everyone think.

      • olof1 Says:

        I think it’s a bit of both actually. It happens all over Europe I’m afraid and those values has always been around here but the hard times brings them up to the surface so to speak. Europe learned nothing from WW2 I’m afraid.

        I thought it was bad enough when we got a party like that in our parliament but still they didn’t get more than 6-7%


    • katry Says:

      The world would love some of your water. We are thrilled for these storms.

      I feel the same way right now about this computer-it keeps stopping and freezing but gets all weird first.

      I too hate to spend money on machines but can’t imagine what I’d do without them. I love the refrigerator I bought a couple of years ago with the cold water and ice maker.It wasn’t cheap but I love the extras.

      The delete button made me glad!

  4. Hedley Says:

    So Christer, Does Sarkozy push further to the right to try to pull NF voters and does this vote establish a political base that has to be recognised and the associated influence to the Father and Daughter ?

    • olof1 Says:

      Sarkozy already has pushed further ton the right I’m afraid. But both the father and daughter have said the hate him so I don’t think they’ll recommend their supporters to vote for him. My guess is that those to the furthest right just won’t vote instead.

      The feeling is that Sarkozy will loose this election and that it has to do with him flirting to the extreme right, no one cares about scandals in that way that people in the Us does πŸ™‚ A lover here or a mistress there is nothing anyone cares about in France πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. Zoey & Me Says:

    I figure you buy a new PC every five years whether you need a new one of not. I’m running Win 7 and it took a long time for me to get used to it. But the newness of the box at least gives me a feeling I won’t be down when business is at hand. That’s my worst fear. I’m still in the work force.

    • katry Says:

      I think it is just ailing so I’ll bring it in before it expires. Eveything is backed up but I still worry.

  6. john Says:

    Just got back from a trip up to MadCity (Madison WI) to get a repair done on my computer.
    The current cost of stupidity is $67.50.
    That’s what the fee was to remove my SD card from the optical drive. And yes, it’s a fair price.

    From now on, I’m gonna go back to using the usb card reader. I just got a new iMac in February and the SD & Optical Drive slots are within ΒΌ” of each other. OK,,,, a feeble excuse. But, the only one I’ve got.

    But, my son Andy and I got to spend a few hours shopping in the University area around the Capitol.

    Returned with:

    Leonard Cohen – Live In London 2008 – DVD
    Cashbox Kings – Holler and Stomp
    Loudon Wainwright III – Older Than My Old Man Now
    Gid Tanner & The Skillet Lickers – 4 CD Boxed Set.

    Whatever would I do without B-Side and The Exclusive? Real record stores!

    • katry Says:

      I figure that’s pretty cheap. I don’t think I’ve ever paid less than $100 to repair a computer.

      I figure even a feeble excuse is better than none!

      I don’t even know where there are record stores any more. I used to go to one in Boston near my doctor but when my doctor retired I didn’t make the trip just for the store. I loved flipping through the store’s stacks just as I had done in the old days.

      I still have several albums and even a turntable.

  7. Bob Says:

    Dump your PC and just transfer all your data files to your Mac. If you haven’t looked at file in over a year, it’s probably nothing you will ever look at again and just delete it. Take the PC to a recycler and don’t just throw it in the dump.

    I bought an iPad last week and I really love it. I may be able to do most of what I can do on my iMac and carry it around under my arm.

    The reason they formed the European Union was so that they wouldn’t go to war again if they were economically tied each other. How could the French fight the Germans if they need the Germans to build the wings and they need the British to build the engines of the Airbus airplanes? Of course they still don’t like each other.

    The northern Europeans are going to have to bail out the southern ones. And the Brits don’t like anyone on the continent. They think that because they are separated by 26 miles of water that they are different. They are just like the rest except they speak English. They should remember that people have swum from Britton to France. They all act like the main characters in the play, “Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolf” by Edward Albee.

    • katry Says:

      I like the larger keyboard and screen of my PC. I have deleted all but the files I use all the time which are on backup so I may just upload them to my MAC anyway.

      I have an iPad but am hoping to have the money for an iPad3.

      The EU is loking more and more like a financial failure given the troubles of Greece, Portugal and on and on. The EU can’t keep these countries fiscally afloat-it would sink all of them.

  8. splendidone Says:

    loved the chicken soup for the soul song and stookey story….sometimes real life is just too funny to be true xoxoxoxoxox

    • katry Says:

      I so agree about real life-sometimes the experiences are too funny or weird to seem real!

  9. Birgit Says:

    PC-problems: some suggestions on the fly:
    – Hardware-problem? First Aid:
    screw open, press on everything (cards, cables,..) you can reach,
    carefully remove dust with vacuum cleaner and paintbrush.
    Sometimes it’s just that easy.
    – Problem Operating system: Windows ?
    Isn’t there a possibility to reset the system to a date before the problems?
    (There was something like that on Vista, but I now I use Linux,
    so don’t ask me where…) Somewhere on Win you can check
    other relevant data (temperature, internal memory, …)
    – Virus-scanner up-to-date?
    – If the problem only occured once, do your back-ups regularly
    and forget about it. (All operating systems sometimes behave
    strange when they boot in a wrong sequence.)
    There may be more easy suggestions, but I don’t have enough
    time right now, even not for the english-dictionary.. πŸ˜‰

    PS: I love the “chicken soup”!

    • katry Says:

      I think you’re right about the dust. That was one of my thoughts as I know it’s been a while. I virus check often and I had checked all the main drives. I think it may be a problem with the computer itself-parts I can’t check. I removed a backup drive from a USB port but that didn’t solve the problem.

      I appreciate the ideas as I bet one of them will solve the issue or at least I hope something so easy could be the problem.

      Chicken Soup is a favorite of mine-I love Christine Lavin’s humor!

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