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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Car 54, Where Are You?

When I was finally able to access my email, the message in the title, sent by one of my newer online friends, was awaiting me. For those of you who don't know, "Car 54", was an American situation comedy (in black and white). Lucy and I are truly dating ourselves (although maybe she caught up with it in reruns somewhere). She sent it and I knew exactly what she was referring to.

Anyhow, "Car 54" (aka granny) was bemoaning the loss of my hard drive which crashed (long story) early yesterday morning. John, a friend of mine who I met through Free Cycle here, came over, replaced it with a spare that he had, and while he was at it presented me with a new monitor along with installing a good firewall and anti-spyware program.

That's the short version of my absence lately. The whole computer thing was a little more complicated but bottom line - no hard drive until a couple of hours ago.

What would we do without our friends?

I'm almost afraid to check Bloglines to see how many posts are stacked up. Maybe tomorrow I can get to some of them. There are a few I'll check tonight though.

I was supposed to see the girls today but arrived to find the visit had been postponed until next week. Darn it but I'll have something to look forward to until next Thursday.

For those of you interested in what I've been serving for dinner, yesterday was lasagna (invited son Tim in exchange for his putting together two bookcases) and today was leftovers from yesterday. (I did actually cook breakfast today but much of yesterday and part of today was spent trying to figure out what was wrong with this infernal machine. My friend finally took my tower home with him and that was when he discovered the hard drive was fried.) Tomorrow, who knows but I'm thinking about some kind of easy chicken and noodle thing. Maybe teriyaki with the special noodles?

Oh yes, and I have all our books, videos, etc. now neatly arranged on the shelves and my tiny computer/music/reading/tv room is in much better order. It was beginning to resemble a closet.

Anyhow, this is brief. It's late, I was up very early, and I'm "tard" as friend Diane would say.

Please keep the folks in Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama in your thoughts and prayers. I've experienced tornado devastation firsthand and it's terrifying. Other parts of the country are having a rough go with their weather as well - excessive snow, flooding, etc.

Thanks to everyone for the comments. Take care and have a good weekend.


clairesgarden said...

computer problems are so frustrating, glad you had a good soul to help you with that one.
its a shema you didn't get to see the girls this week, that must be hard seeing them just for a little while when you were their main carer for so long.

The Future Was Yesterday said...

Hi Ann:
No Hard Drive is like having a car, but no seats..(: I suffered that fate myself more than once. There are only two kinds of Hard Drives: those that have failed, and those that are waiting to fail!! Thank goodness for your friend!!

The Future Was Yesterday said...

I remember car 54 as well. Will you stop that?:) It makes me feel so......Gadfly! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Glad you got your computer up and running. I'd have been in a near panic!

We are all OK here. The tornadoes were close (too close for comfort, but not as close as last time, thank goodness) and did not affect us except for an extended power loss. I had co-workers that were not so lucky.

Carin said...

Ug hard drive failures. I remember when Steve's hard drive failed. It wouldn't boot. It would boot half way and then crash. I called someone in with functioning eyes to tell me what the screen said, because no boot = no screen-reader. She looked at the screen, and in her dreamiest voice said, " is corrupt. Please Reinstall windows." Steve began to collapse. Not happy with her news, she dreamily said, "Let me try again." And read the same thing. Oh god hard drive failures are the worst.

Steve said...

Dreamy voice is about right. It was like all of my data could be gone and my online life left in ruins, but it had all gone to a nice puffy cloud to sing and play with the angels for the rest of time.

JunieRose2005 said...

Hi Ann,

I'm glad to see you back and know everything is ok with you!
I've been coming here almost every day to check your site.


Arwen said...

Nice to see a post from you. I have been very bad about posting recently so I will not have clogged up the blog lines. I am not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

Jo said...

Yay! You are back. I was a bit worried. Nice to have good friends.