Archive for February, 2011

Change is coming

For a while now I have been using two different blogging, sites, services, formats? I don’t really know what else to call it. I’ve been blogging here and on WordPress trying to decide which one I like better. For a while I was staying here because WordPress won’t play my slideshow from Picasa.

It does however play videos from YouTube and I just discovered how to make a ‘movie’ from my pictures in Picasa.

That was the deciding factor, now I can begin the process of moving this blog to WordPress. I have actually started blogging there, same address, just put in WordPress instead of Blogspot. I don’t think they have a follow feature there, but you can subscribe by e-mail.

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Location:My desk at work

Laundry again

My gray coat is the wrong shade of gray. I thought I was getting a color that wouldn’t show the dirt. I was wrong, it is too light of a gray. This is the third time this winter I have had to wash it, which means bringing it to the laundry to dry the coat. It takes a long time since on delicate the washer doesn’t spin the clothes at full force. Of course I also don’t want to dry it on high because I don’t want it ruined.

All this means that I have to schedule my coat washing time carefully since I can’t wear the coat till it’s dry and the dryer doesn’t get it completely dry. Today I bought a other coat. It was on sale and it’s a very pretty dark burgundy color. I wonder if it will show the dirt.

or at least that was the plan, but my head was splitting, and wouldn’t you know I would find more stuff to throw out. Then I went to get coffee, and got yelled at because “Tigger needed the car.” I was confused since I thought that the car was mine on the weekends but now I guess that has changed. If the boys need the car they get it.

It made me mad, I get mad when the rules get changed and nobody tells me. I cried the rest of the day. Which of course made my eyes red and swollen and made my head ache. I was going to quit all my games on Words with Friends, but @alisonfaye wouldn’t let me. That kind of made me realize that no matter what other people do, in the end, I decide the course of my life. I did however cut Tigger’s iTunes allowance in half. If he can use my car whenever he wants, why should I give him so much money?

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In preparation for the big move, because I don’t want to take a lot of useless junk, I am going through everything. Throwing things out like crazy. So all day Saturday that is what Gwen and I did.

We took a break to go to Sonic and then Borders, she checked her e-mail when we were at Sonic, (free wi-fi!) the Borders near us is closing, or has closed by now, and everything was on sale. I bought a couple of note books. One with a really pretty red rose on the front, two aluminum water bottles and Gwen got some DVD’s and notebooks. Two didn’t have prices on them so the clerk just said, “They’re yours.” and put them in the bag. Then we went up to Barnes and Noble, the cafe was closed and I hadn’t had any coffee yet. We also bought a couple things there.

Then it was back to cleaning, then after we were done throwing things out, I got to put the things I am keeping away. Of course now it is a lot easier.

Next weekend I will be cleaning another spot in my room.

The great hill

Friday and Saturday were busy days that I am now paying for. While I rest I am going to try to catch up on my blogging.

Friday was spent in the city with Gwen. Em had a Groupon for bike rental in Central Park so we started off early. Even with stopping for breakfast (o.k. it was just coffee and yogurt at Starbucks) and walking we were there before the place opened. So we got strawberry tarts.

There is a bike path that bicycles are supposed to stay on with arrows pointing the direction you are supposed to ride in, I almost called one bicyclist a ‘dumbass’ right in front of Gwen. Oops. After I while I determined we were on the small loop, we wanted to get the whole park experience. We had the bikes for the whole day. This nice man with a poodle (a standard poodle, not one of the annoying midget versions) helped us figure out the way to get out of the circle, then he pointed to the far north part of the map, “Take the easy path over, you don’t want to go up or down this hill.” That sounded good to me, considering I can’t remember how long it had been since I had been on bike before Friday. It is true however, that you never forget.

When we spoke to this man we were between the Sheep Meadow and the Tavern on the Green, heading south, since we couldn’t turn around we continued south, looped around past the Carousel, the Mall and the Playfield to the exit for 72nd which is where the big loop starts. I knew I had made the right turn when the Loeb Boathouse came into view. Here is some very important information, when you see the sign for Belvedere Castle on the left side of the road and turn in, the way to Belvedere Castle is to the right, if you go on the path to the left (you should walk your bikes down here, its the law) you come to this building. Why is this important? This building at the edge of the Ramble, has bathrooms! Ladies to the left, Mens to the right. If you’re looking for it on the map, its the Ramble Shed.

We get back on the road and start riding and riding, I keep looking off to the left for the ‘easy’ trail, suddenly I notice we are riding next to Central Park West and ahead of us is the Great Hill. Gulp, oh boy. We made it, we conquered the Great Hill! We are amazing. We even rode the bikes on Broadway when we left to have lunch.

After we dropped the bikes off we did some shopping and stuff, but what made the day amazing was the bike ride in Central Park.

Progress and change

Sunday morning I checked the weather and my e-mails like I do every morning. It’s easy with my iPod, just a push of the button, a couple finger taps and I am good to go.

At church that day they were talking about how we have always used the latest technology in our witnessing work and it got me to thinking about how different a little thing, like e-mail is from when I first started using it.

My first experience with e-mail was when I was working for DOCS. It was what is called a dedicated system, in that you could only e-mail other DOCS offices. At this time Juno was popular, it was an e-mail program installed on your computer. My father sent me the program and I had a modem to dial into Juno’s servers. It was sitting on my desk.

It was still sitting there, safe in it’s little box when I interviewed at DEC. One of the questions asked was if I was familiar with e-mail, ‘Oh yes.’ I replied, but as the conversation went on I realized they were talking about real e-mail. I got the job, I went home, put the modem in my computer, installed the program and learned how to use it.

Next was Earthlink, to go online and e-mail still with a dial-up modem and a modest monthly fee.

Today if I want to go online I turn on my laptop or use my iPod. No phone line needed just a router that several computers can use. And e-mail is free, I have 4 e-mail accounts.

Progress and change. In fact, I’m posting this from my iPod with the aid of an app called BlogPress.

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Account Protection

This is probably a topic you are very familiar with, but I just thought I would add a reminder for all my readers. The above was the comment line on an e-mail I got, stated it was from G-Mail it stated:

Protect yourself against identity theft, spam & more. This is a mandate update for all our users. We are doing this verification to secure your identity on our new version data software for protection and efficient network.

Confirm Password:
Date of Birth:
Country/Region :

Note: Our Account Team will delete your Account permanently if your details above are not received upon receipt of this notification.

It seemed a little fishy to me. First why would G-Mail want my Password and Username? Second, why did this come to only one of my e-mail addresses? So I sent a text to Tigger. ‘Why would G-Mail want my password and username?’ His response: Don’t do it.

When I got home, I showed him the e-mail, he clicked on address details, and it was not sent from G-Mail.

So don’t send anyone your password.

All I need

Is a Starbucks and my iPod touch. No laptop required to post a thoughtful collection of words on my blog. Unfortunately time is required and that I am out of.

Sent from my iPod

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Fri, February 11, 2011 — 11:16 AM ET

Mubarak Steps Down, Ceding Power to Military

President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt turned over all power to the military, and left the Egyptian capital for his resort home in Sharm el-Sheik, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced on state television on Friday.

The announcement, delivered during evening prayers in Cairo, set off a frenzy of celebration, with protesters shouting “Egypt is free!”

The Egyptian military issued a communique pledging to carry out a variety of constitutional reforms in a statement notable for its commanding tone. The military’s statement alluded to the delegation of power to Vice President Omar Suleiman and it suggested that the military would supervise implementation of the reforms.

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