When we got home from Texas, we made the decision to drop our landline phone and get by with our cellphone and its 900 anytime minutes. We may have to revisit that decision in the future because we used almost a thousand minutes last month.
Because we have the rollover plan, we had built up a pretty hefty bank of minutes because we didn’t talk so much while we were in Texas and I figured we would behave in the same manner once we got home. Nope.
Anyway, since we had no landline, I had no way to use my dial-up service and the web log suffered the consequences. Some people might say “How is that?” but to those people, I say ‘Pffffffhhhhhht’.
We decided to buy an air card, a device which, when plugged into a USB port, allows us access to the internet. My old laptop had only one USB port and I hated to tie it up with the Air card so I was flummoxed to say the least.
What to do? What to do? Then, out of the blue, a solution. Buy a new laptop. That’s not totally true. This solution wasn’t really out of the blue. I had been considering it for some time but the money angle kept the new laptop on the back burner. That same money angle also kept us from buying Susie a new camera, something she needed while we were in Texas. So many birds and all we had was a camera too heavy and too complicated for her. Ah, well. such is life. We got bird pictures, its just that some of them were fuzzy.
Then, George Bush came to the rescue with his economic stimulus package. According to all the publicity, 1200 bucks was on its way to our mailbox. If we played our cards right, we could get a new laptop and a new camera.
Some detailed perusing of Consumer Reports combined with a modicum of shrewd shopping and we came in just under the 1200 with a fancy refurbished Dell Laptop and a Fujifilm 10 megapixel camera with a 12x optical zoom. Unfortunately, Our economic stimulus dollars ended up in India and Japan, probably not exactly what George had in mind.
Oh well, we were paid back in spades for our exercise in gloabal economics. We got a letter from Uncle Sam informing us that we were to be the lucky recipients of a 600 dollar check, the amount arrived at by employing a complicated formula.
Whoa, all of a sudden, we were 600 dollars short in paying for our new purchases. Now what?
My initial impulse was to go back to work. I even sent out some resumes but no one was very interested. I had a nibble on a I.T. contract but they didn’t want to accede to my time off requests. All I wanted off was the month of August and maybe a week or two in June, July and September. Then, of course, I would have had to quit in October so we could head south for the winter.
We next considered a garage sale, perhaps. This is still an open option. Its just that the stress of getting ready for a sale puts some internal pressures on our marital bliss.
There’s also the possibility of collecting aluminum cans; 76 cents a pound and it only takes 35 cans to make up that amount. Let me see;; 600 divided by 76 times 35. That’s a helluva bunch of cans. Does anyone out there know someone who drinks a lot of beer?
I guess we could also dip into the money set aside for our old age. On second thought, Make that, our old, old age, I think we’re already old.
Long story short, I’m ready to revive the web log as I sit here at our dining room table working on my shiny new 17 inch laptop. I noticed this morning that there are now over 3 million bloggers on WordPress alone. There was less than a million when I stated this maybe a year and a half ago. That’s a lot of stuff to look at and I have looked at a lot of them. Everything under the sun is covered by these guys and it doesn’t leave me much to talk about
Because of this, I am rethinking my blog a little bit. When we’re traveling, there’s usually something interesting to add but while we’re in Indiana, I can’t just always talk about my garden. Well, I guess I could sometimes but not always.
Instead I am going to add a category or two and I’ll get started on that shortly. Right now, I’m going to stop and save this before I lose the whole damn thing.