Friday, April 08, 2011

Sea of Cars

I scheduled an Apple class this morning to learn how to protect and manage data on my Mac. In the past, I struggle with my Windows PC. I bought software that never seemed to work as advertised and I always fretted that I'd lose data if my computer crashed.
The new Mac has a program that constantly backs up the data to an external drive. The trainer, after checking my backup scheme, intentionally deleted a file off my desktop. He then deleted the trash basket and the file was gone.
He walked me through a total of three mouse clicks and the file was back on my desktop. Simply amazing.
I know all you Mac folks are shaking your heads about now wondering why it took so long for a reasonably smart guy to realize he should have been using a Mac -- but what can I say?
Anyhow after the class, I went to the newspaper office and worked on stories that have approaching deadlines.
I was waiting for Jilda to complete her yoga certification training (the next to the last class before she receives her 200 hours certification...big drumroll). When she called to say that class was over, I headed south for a few miles to pick her up. It was 4 p.m. When I stopped at a traffic light, the sky was clear and I could see for a mile or more ahead of me. What I saw was a sea of cars waiting for the light to change.
Before I became un-jobbed, this kind of traffic was common, and I rarely took notice. But these days, congestion for me is when Jilda and I both need ice from the fridge at the same time.
Even though the sky was clear, the exhaust from the idling cars made the scene look almost like a desert mirage because of how the cars seemed to shimmer in the distance.
Tomorrow the weatherman says the temps will reach 79 degrees. We may go straight from winter to summer this year, but I guess time will tell.
Y'all have a great weekend.

P.S. I mentioned a few posts back that I'd post the story I wrote about the children with Franconi Anemia. Here is the link to the story in the Homewood Star.


  1. I have heard nothing but good things about the Mac. I'm glad you like using it.

  2. Very poetic :) Enjoy the weekend!

  3. Haha...I'm laughing at what "congestion is for you now days":))
    I feel that way....too many people in my kitchen has me come unglued. I love that I live in the country and do not know traffic:))

  4. Here's to nice weather!

    Thanks for the link to your article - I feel I've learned a little bit more about this awful horrible condition. My thoughts and prayers to the beautiful Suthers family.

    Take care

  5. Ha! now that we live in the county outside a small town, rush hour is three or four cars waiting at the same light.

  6. We can so relate to what you're saying about congestion. We leave our wooded lot and drive a couple miles on backroads and then we hit 17 and it's just congested. I make Bruce drive anymore. I don't have the patience.

  7. Yep, me laughing too about congestion...cute!

  8. PS...Congrats to Jilda!!

  9. Anonymous8:53 PM

    The next laptop I purchase will probably be a Mac...I've heard more pros than cons! I don't think about congestion...I just try to schedule my day between traffic jams...LOL
    I'd never heard of Franconi anemia...what a devastating disease!


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