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Guffaw, Now PLEASE!

I sometimes get frustrated with the ‘stuff of life’.  I’m disabled, on a small disability income, my 15-year old Oldsmobile is more or less parked for lack of funds for needed repairs, and with my disabilities regarding walking, standing or even sitting it is sometimes difficult or painful.  And a little less than two years ago I lost my home of 18 years.

Yes, sometimes I whine about other stuff, too.

BUT, I try to keep a stiff upper lip.  And keep chipping away at those things that I can do something about.

My stand-alone desktop computer has been waylayed for a little over a month.  For most folks having their home computer not functioning correctly is an annoyance, but in the grand scheme of things it’s not that big a deal.

BUT, not being very ambulatory, and now even less mobile, it became readily apparent my computer is a window to the outside world.  My email, and 3-year-old blog being it’s primary functions.  I can talk back to the TV, but it rarely responds.

FORTUNATELY, my roommate J loaned me an old laptop she wasn’t using for me to keep up with the day’s events and continue to publish my blog (such as it is) daily, as I’ve done since March 6, 2011.

For this I am forever grateful.

Being less-than-competent with regard to computer/Internet stuff, I’ve not been able to diagnose the problem with my computer, determine if it was even repairable, or what the cost might be.

J left town to visit her daughter and become a tourist for the holiday weekend, and I’m left as the dog wrangler again.  This is okay, because I love the dogs (and the cat – more or less) and it gives me more time to try to move files to the laptop and play at fixing my old computer.


Somehow, something inadvertently changed a couple of settings (not me!) – I changed them back (with about 100 missteps in the interim) and now the computer connects to the Internet, again!!


I’m using my original machine to write this!

This may not be watching a rose bloom, or being in love, or a new car, but DAMN I’m pleased!

pleased frogAND, I’ve been able to get my meds down, and an anxiously awaiting approval from the Leukemia, Lymphomia Society for Tuesdays go-ahead.

Time will tell. 


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


14 thoughts on “Guffaw, Now PLEASE!

  1. Woo Hoo! Now write it down, quick… 🙂

    Posted by oldnfo | May 25, 2014, 3:29 pm
  2. Woot! Being a Luddite myself with an inclination to to a hammer to electronic things that fail to serve me properly I fully understand how satisfying it is to fix something without having to hand it to my SIL or nephew.

    And gremlins change the settings.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | November 6, 2017, 2:56 pm
  3. Don’t touch it again!!! 🙂 Congrats! You did better than I did, I’m still rebuilding my lost address book… sigh

    Posted by Old NFO | November 6, 2017, 3:52 pm
  4. My wife and I got started with computers in the late 70s and had our first PCs in the mid80s. In the DOS days – windows didn’t exist. There was no widely available internet, just dial up BBSes.

    We routinely reminisce about when we used to know what our computers were doing. They’ve made them so complicated and made the software configure things itself to achieve that complexity that we never see those settings you found. Some piece of software messed it up and another made it work.

    We’ll be running some pieces of identical software between our machines and they’ll behave completely differently. We have no idea why.

    I’m convinced that unless you work with some piece of software all day every day, you won’t know what it’s doing.

    Posted by SiGraybeard | November 7, 2017, 1:26 pm
  5. I’m not sure that even working with software every day is enough to know what all those neutrons, electrons, zitrons, Citroens, and neutrinos are doing behind the screen & in the box’s innards. (/sarc) Congrats on getting the beast back in service! Do you make house calls?

    Posted by Rev. Paul | November 8, 2017, 10:27 am
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    Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2018, 11:28 pm
  7. Really Awesome Look.

    Posted by Tom Williams | December 22, 2018, 2:39 am

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