It’s a gray day in Heaven, but that’s all right with me. It makes me feel that I’m off the hook, so to speak, and I am happy to be off the hook. Snow and rain are in the forecast, Mindy is scheduled to get her first ever clip this afternoon — or shave in her case — and the house is a mess. The usual quotidian struggle.
A couple of years ago I was sure I was going to need at least one knee replaced. When I moved here I couldn’t walk very well, like hardly at all. Besides getting a stationary bike and riding it, walking the dogs and doing yoga, I went to the local hospital, found the orthopedic surgeon, and had the exam, x-rays and all. I was headed down the dark tunnel toward (my second) joint replacement. I followed through on the pre-op exams, failing the first time and having to redo the whole thing after a course of antibiotics. Meanwhile, my activities winter, spring and fall had paid off better than I knew and a trip to Colorado Springs and some walks with my friends showed me I was a whole lot better just from riding the Airdyne, doing yoga and walking the dogs. I bailed on the surgery. But, I’d paid a $1000 and change deposit on the surgery.
The hospital had my money and was NOT giving it back until my insurance paid them.
Yeah, well… There went $1000 down the drain. School of hard knocks kind of thing, lessons learned, etc.
While I was visiting in Colorado Springs this past weekend, my laptop starting acting weird. It’s 5 years old, and I’ve known for a while that it’s nearing its dark moment of planned obsolescence. The windows flickered when I was using Chrome and/or Firefox. Images weren’t loading properly. I thought my friend’s system might have been overloaded, but that was absurd. I called Apple and we shared my screen for a while and determined it was an issue with Chrome. Trash and re-install made no difference. I’m now using Safari, Apple’s browser. But I recognize the symptoms… I’m good for now and will be for who knows how long? A long time a short time, I don’t know.
Driving home I decided a new laptop was in order. I accepted the need to use my Apple Rewards Credit Card (grrrr) and was ready to order a computer. I arrived home with this in mind. Last time my laptop (my favorite one ever, the most beautiful computer I’ve owned or seen — a 2007 MacBook Pro with a 17 inch screen) reached the end of its life, it died completely taking the first draft of The Brothers Path and various other wonders with it. I wanted to avoid that and have a chance to transfer data to a new machine.
Once at home, I got my mail. There among the eBay jeans and a bill from the electrician was a check for $1000 from the hospital. My insurance had finally come through. It was very nearly enough to pay for a new laptop.
There are no Apple stores closer than 2 hours away. Not a problem! Apple is happy to deliver it to me for free. Sometime tomorrow a nice FedEx guy is going to appear and hand me a very beautifully designed white box and I’ll begin the process of customizing the keyboard of a new computer. My new laptop is basically the same as my soon-to-be old laptop. Many of the bells and whistles Apple has added to the MacBook Pro are meaningless to me. Essentially, I need a typewriter with Internet. 🙂