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Vic Biorseth, Tuesday, March
It's almost a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde kind of thing. Many years ago, when we quit smoking, we thought that was the most difficult thing we ever did. I might not have ever believed that the same sort of anxieties might arise just from not having my computer available for any period of time.
Well, it was horrible almost beyond description. I wouldn't wish it even on a Clinton.
Seriously, I have a need that I cannot explain to write the things I write, mostly in the early morning. I just wake up around 4:00 AM, turn on the coffee and start writing. It has become more and more of a compulsion, which I cannot explain, but the words are there in my head when I awake and I have to write them. Sometimes I wonder if I'm going nuts. Day after day, that's the way I wake up. I can't even sleep in on weekends like normal people.
I get up, drink coffee and write, until it's time to get Marcie up. I've been doing approximately one whole new webpage a day for quite some time now; it seems to get worse as the culture gets worse, and the world seems to be sinking into degradation. So this latest interruption in access to the computer has made me acutely aware of it.
It started on Good Friday, a day of fasting and abstinence, when our attention should most properly be on the suffering of the Lord. Some time during the day, I started the Fractured Conservatism page, and got a few paragraphs done.
But then, Marcie came in with the latest Turbo Tax version, and we decided to get our taxes done, and I put the new page work aside. Holy Week is a good time to do taxes for us, because we usually go to confession for our "Easter Duty" some time during Holy Week, and tax time used to be worth at least one extra confession.
It has gotten better over the years, as Turbo Tax has gotten more sophisticated, and so the process goes smoother and with less aggravation, and even with no cursing at all. (Once upon a time, the air turned blue at tax time, especially back in the pre-computer pencil years.) Still not a pleasant thing to do, but these days we get through it OK, usually.
So, a simple thing, right? Just load 'er up, take your time and get your return printed out. Well - not quite.
Turbo Tax software for 2015 would not load on a Windows XP Pro operating system. No versions available now for the old, unsupported OS we have been running on for we don't even remember how many years now. ???
So, I tried to upgrade, on-line, to Windows 7. Guess what, our system is too small; we only had two gig, and Windows 7 needs at least four. And another kind of chip is recommended, rather than the kind we have. Wouldn't you know it.
So, we called Computer Cowboys for advice. They do a lot of repairs and rebuilds, and they usually have various rebuilt units around a whole lot cheaper than new systems. Was it possible to put some more memory in our computer (a Dell Latitude laptop) to get enough memory for Windows 7?
No; wrong kind of chip. So, I copied my C drive documents to a flash drive and got one of their rebuilds that had Windows 7 preloaded on it. OK, we didn't want to spend that much, but problem solved, right?
At home, I attach the laptop to a docking station, that is attached to everything from the modem and router, magic-jack to phone, printer/fax/scanner to an extra screen, keyboard and mouse.
Well, the "old" docking station is now outmoded and none of the newer laptops dock to them. I had to buy a rebuilt modern docking station, in which virtually everything is USB ported, and still with Bluetooth capability for the Printer.
So, finally, we were good to go, right?
When you change computers, all your email that's on that computer may not be what's on the email server. If you want continuation, without interruption, in your email stream, you have to download all the email, in this case MS Office, from the old machine to the new machine, or it's all lost.
That's a lot to lose; I get a lot of email. So, both computers had to sit on the counter at the Computer Cowboys shop while the huge files transferred, for hours.
It was horrible. I can't even describe the symptoms; you don't want to know about them anyway, believe me. I had to avoid mirrors.
Ultimately, we got through the trauma of it. When we got the computers back, we still had a lot of little things that kept popping up, one at a time, until we resolved them. We had to find and download various drivers for various devices. Finding the HP Solution Center was a real biggee; it re-enabled our scanning to the computer, and faxing and so forth. Without that, all you could do was print.
At least I'm back to normal now. Just as ugly as before, or so the mirror says. After a most blessed Easter, with only one on-call delivery to make during the day on Easter Sunday, I was all ready to resume normal courier deliveries on Monday. Normalcy at last.
So, halfway through my courier route on Monday, the fuel pump quit in the middle of I-75, stopping me dead. After getting towed to Paul's garage, and Charley's initial analysis, it turns out that, not only the fuel pump, which is inside the gas tank, needs replacing, but so does the whole gas tank, because it has a crack up around the filler cap area.
And so here I sit, at the computer, virtually car-less.
My car is my office. It's where I work. I'm now suffering car withdrawal.
Can I hear a Poor Vic from anybody out there. ???
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Date: Wed Mar 30 00:45:21 2016
Location: clearlake oaks ca. usa
POOR VIC !
I am a short story writer & do all my writing on my trusty Compaq 286e with a IBM Secretarial keyboard and use freeware word processor cal- led Mindreader. Drive a 10+ yearold Chevy Suburban. Both work perfectly (knock on wood)because they are so uncomplicated.
best of luck & a good Cabaret helps.
Date: Wed Mar 30 2016
From: Vic Biorseth
Thank you for the Poor Vic; I feel better now. Got my car back, and I'll be back in my "office" at 9:00 AM today. It's 2004 Chevy Trailblazer, only 379,143 miles on it so far. My old Silverado had over 550,000 on it when I sold it.
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Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.
Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.
Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.
Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.
"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great). Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.
Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture. What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?
If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it? Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility. If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?
So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible. Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.
Taking a look at Illegal Immigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem.
First journal / blog entries when the thinking catolic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing.
On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006 Adding items to book store.
Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.
Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.
Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.
Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.
The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now. Well … so what?
Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace. Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.
Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.
Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine life without the USA?
More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.
Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.
Website Status Update 11/09/10 Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.
Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.
A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense. Why?
God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.
Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.
Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.
Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithuanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania.
The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.
Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.
We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?
Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper. The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.
Get behind these Tea Party Candidates. The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.
Ecce homo; Behold the man. Ecce Homo. Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.
When your system slows down or hangs, it's time for a Total System Reboot. America, the World, and even the Catholic Church may need a Total System Reboot.
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
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