Sunday, October 11, 2009

Chega da chuva!

If you look closely at the middle of this photo, you can see a horizontal line of light between the clouds which is blurred out in the middle. The blurry part, was where the rain was just breaking through, earlier today.

I have the utmost respect for good snaps of Nature's wonders because my photography equipment matches my talent. It was much more interesting to watch the storm arrive in real time, even though I've had more than my fill of heavenly deluges in the past month. Still, today's storm felt a bit cathartic, or maybe just appropriate, because I was feeling stormy on the inside too. Good day to lounge indoors, and in solitude.

While I haven't used the day to complete my lengthy list of must-do and should-do items, at least I am managing to get a post up.

That is, I will if my computer cooperates. I have a one-and-a-half-year-old Acer Aspire laptop that has been giving me fits. The trouble started months ago with little symptoms and has evolved into near-disaster as far as my senses of convenience and connectedness are concerned. My reluctant overuse of the hard reset feature has grown alarming, but when I saw this clever new screen a few weeks ago:

...I knew it was time to call in the Reserves. Incidentally, I have tried contacting Acer Support for this and another glitch some months ago, never to any satisfaction. The first time, they responded to my [English] email in Spanish. Most recently, I received this beauty:

Umm, so you're telling me that you can't help me with my notebook because you're the notebook department?

Hmph! I wanted to smash things. Namely, my poorly-supported Acer Aspire 5520 Notebook thing. (I'm hoping that if I name the
Acer Aspire 5520 Notebook many times in my post it will get lots of Google action.) Since I don't keep a stash of Xanax, I guess I should be thankful they didn't bother to respond to my other two emails.

Anyway, the aforementioned Reserves appeared in the form of Ivan, my tech-savvy friend who, thankfully, accepts beer and good karma as payment. He spent many hours trying to diagnose and repair my sickly BFF. The outcome of his efforts: the good news was it's not the hard drive, the bad news was that it appears to be the (expletive) Microsoft Vista--systematically corrupting, well, everything. (Oh yeah, Microsoft should get some of that Google-dissatisfaction-action too.) I gave up on using my DVD drive long ago, since Windows Explorer (the apex of the problem) denies its existence most of the time. I back up to my external hard drive regularly and perform System Restores almost daily. Basically, there's not much I can do (except maybe try scrapping everything and replacing the OS--the backup for which, by the way, Acer does not include when you purchase from them). For now I just cross my fingers and hope that my Vista doesn't eat my Acer before I get back to Chicago.

There, I can make the long-debated and positive life step that is Buy A Mac.

(Psst, all I want for Christmas is my two----dollar gift certificate to the Apple store.)

Speaking of Apples, yesterday I experimented with the Brazilian Candy Apple for the first time.

And last. Gross. It was like a hyper-sweet Jolly Rancher on an old, mealy apple.
(Aren't I a ray of sunshine today?)

Well, there is a little silver on my clouds.

I found a real lemon (the kind with real lemony taste) and grapefruit! The latter was tiny, as you can see, but full of citrus goodness. I wonder when I made the Captain Crunch to Fiber Flakes and grapefruit crossover? It was probably about the same time that my posting started revealing me as a cranky old bat. Actually, I still adore (and miss) the Captain (without his Berry buddies), so maybe there's still hope for me.

Happy Sunday.
The sun is supposed to come back on Tuesday so maybe, too, will my personality.