Saturday, March 5, 2011

Got it!

New phonebookAfter an initial kerfuffle about a backorder on my new computer...the new notebook’s here! The new notebook’s here! Just in time, too, because my previous laptop’s screen gave up the ghost yesterday. I spent much of the afternoon and evening yesterday getting the new one all set up, and getting some essential programs installed. I still need to get a new wireless keyboard, because the one I had doesn’t work with Windows 7. It’s a shopping day tomorrow!

Before you laugh with derision at my using a wireless keyboard with a laptop, let me head you off at the pass. When on vacation, I don’t take the keyboard with me. I use the laptop keyboard. But for everyday use, I find that the edge of the computer really cuts into my wrists, so I prefer a separate, larger keyboard. I also like a wireless mouse (I’m not a big fan of touchpads), and that I WILL take on vacation!

Anyway, I’m very happy with it. It’s so much faster! If I had to restart the old one, it took a good 15 minutes to get everything up and running, even after I weeded out the startup programs. This one takes a couple of minutes. Fun! Now let’s see what all I can fill it up with!

A quick note of thanks to everyone who sent good wishes about some family health problems. It seems like there is a lot going on right now, but things are looking up for most of those involved. I guess all you can do is just take these things as they come and do your best to make the right decisions and do the right things. That doesn’t always happen, but I think most people understand that it’s a difficult thing to be under such duress, and will have the needed compassion and understanding.

Not everyone will, of course. It’s coming up on one year since my Dad’s death, and I recall quite vividly the reaction of one particular person. I’m to the point where I can laugh about it now, because it showed so well the true nature of this person. Just ugly...ugly to the core. Such a person is surely rotting from the inside out. Well, the time is inching ever closer when they will experience such loss for themselves. You know what I’ll do? I’ll keep my goddamn mouth shut, because I know how it feels. I won’t gloat, because I know how it feels. I also find it a horrid thing to take any sort of glee in anyone’s death, no matter how much I dislike the person, or a person to whom they are connected. Especially when the person lost is such a kind and decent man as my Dad. How ghoulish and awful. A subsequent “apology” was laughable. Their initial reaction showed exactly how they felt, and their true character.

Ah well. I try to put such things in perspective, as well as in the past. I don’t forget about them, though.

On a happier note, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish men’s basketball team ended the regular season today on a high note, with a win at UConn! They’ve never won there before, and it was a good, hard-earned win. Next up is the Big East tournament, followed by the NCAA tourney. I keep thinking about how much Dad would have enjoyed watching this team! We always talked about how we love a true “team,” not one in which one guy is the superstar. The Irish definitely have that this year, although Ben Hansbrough is a standout player, and could possibly win Big East player of the year. I guess during the tourney this year, I’ll be cheering for two. That’s okay. I’m a mouthy broad!

3 comments:

  1. Go Irish, Go Illini. As a side note, rot in your despair you know who ugly person.

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  2. Glad that you have your new notebook.

    I am letting you know in advance that I will be cribbing material from your entry to help me with a post of my own.

    Mookie Dee could not stand Ben's big brother, who I thought was a fantastic college player and I cheered for (as long as he wasn't playing State!)

    Ben and his big brother's relationship seems to have the kind of connectedness that gets mythologized but is more the exception than the rule. I think there is a lot more children and sibs that enjoy the kind of malfunction in their lives that I did. Does it make them better parents as they strive to eliminate in them and in their children's lives the kind of thing that they grew up with? If paedophilia, women abuse, rape, et al can be handed down, so could the dysfunction of screwed up siblings and socially damaged children.

    These 'non-Hansborough' children grow up to be the kind of adults who choose to desparage the memories of an honorable person after their passing, either to a loved one or in such a fashion that their hurtful comment gets back to the decedent's loved ones. What a f*cked up person that is.

    Anywho... glad to see you are up and at 'em! Don't know that the Spartans are going to be doing any dancin', so I will be cheering for the Irish and the SFC's youngest to go far in the tourney!!

    btw... 'rot in your despair' is a little too polite, but I get it... I like to say up-close and with the spectre of doing some 'home correctin' that people like that should 'eat sh*t and die (without the asterisk of course!)

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  3. Don't apologize about wanting a keyboard. I use a keyboard with my laptop as well as a big monitor.

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