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Peace and Quiet

Published July 27, 2012 - 8 Comments

Got up this morning and walked into the bathroom, where I heard a bit of a commotion from outside.  I can’t really say that it was an argument, because that would imply that it was two-sided.  It wasn’t.  All I could hear was a woman yelling at someone, and she was not very happy.  She never seemed to pause to take a breath… she just kept yelling… it wasn’t so much the volume, as her creative imagination…   I can’t make this stuff up…


Whoah… she was starting to get personal there!

It was quite the rant… I gave her an A+ for creativity, especially the “you bring evil into my life” comment… I never once heard any rebuttal, but really… what can you say to someone telling you that the devil is inside you?

Here Kitty Kitty… Installed OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

Published July 26, 2012 - 0 Comments

When I bought my iMac almost 2 years ago, it came with OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard installed.  It was my first taste of Apple’s operating system, and I was lost pretty well from the start.  Eventually I started to figure things out… just in time for them to come out with OSX 10.7 Lion.  Well it’s the time of year again… another big cat release from Apple, this time OSX 10.8 otherwise known as Mountain Lion.

I have to say that I’m a huge fan of Apple’s release structure… $20 for an incremental release, unlike Microsoft’s $400 Windows releases every few years?  And you simply download it through the App Store?  Sweet!  (The App Store, btw, is brilliant… once you have an app purchased, it’s yours forever and you can re-download it from the cloud if anything ever happens to your copy)

I can’t tell you how long it took to download and install Mountain Lion.  I started the download on my lunch break, and it was completed by the time I got home.  The installation portion says that it takes 30 mins.  I didn’t time it, but it seemed longer than that.  Maybe it was just the anticipation that made it feel longer than it was.

I was a little worried when my iMac rebooted and showed the old Lion background.  I actually had to go find the system properties to see whether I was running the new OS.  I was, but I guess that I had expected it to change my background… which sitting here thinking about it now, doesn’t make much sense… but it was still an irrational fear at the time.

So how does it work?

It’s fast.  Noticeably faster than Lion.  My iMac only has 4 GB of RAM, and things seemed a little pokey under Lion.  Not anymore!  I’m still looking to upgrade the memory, but right now I’m enjoying the boost of speed courtesy of the new OS.

Mountain Lion syncs with iOS devices, so now my messages and notifications appear on my iPhone / iPad as well as my iMac… and soon to be Mac Air…  I love being able to pick up any device and get the same experience, no matter which one I’m using.  It would be nice if I could play my iOS games on the iMac, but I’m sure that’s coming in another release someday.

I’m still finding little things as I play with it, and it will take some time before I can really say that it’s awesome… but even considering the speed increase and integrated messaging, I’d say those 2 features alone make it worth the $20.

The Blog Hasn’t Died… Honest!

Published July 24, 2012 - 3 Comments

You’ve probably noticed a lack of activity on WaS lately.  I’m not neglecting the blog on purpose.  I’ve noticed since changing jobs that I have far less time for internet things now.  My new position doesn’t have nearly as much downtime as my old one (which is my cryptic way of saying that I actually have to work now, dammit) and when I get home I find that I spend much less time at my computer than I used to.  Not necessarily a bad thing, mind you… but I do kinda miss sitting down and writing out my thoughts from time to time… not to mention my Write-Click dream has been sitting idle for far too long.  So there’s a balance to be found… and I’m still working on it!


Published July 14, 2012 - 4 Comments

See those numbers?!?  Know what they mean?!?  Yeah… me neither…  but apparently they are pretty darned good.  So good, in fact, that I even got a smiley face!  Confused yet?  OK…

I went to see Dr Lisa for my quarterly checkup yesterday.  When she walked into the room and asked me how I was doing, she was taken back by my response… “Awesome!”  That is never a word that creeps into our conversations… especially when discussing my state of mind.

I went on to explain…  I’m 40 now (not that this is a great thing, but it’s a significant event since I last saw her)… I have a new job… Working Mon-Fri 8-5… sleeping at night… no more 3am Quarter Pounders… I have a new car, but I’m walking back and forth to work every day… getting an hour worth of walking every day… have a new place uptown… Things with J are going great… Haven’t heard from K2 since May… My stress hasn’t disappeared, but it’s taken a different form… and apparently change IS good!

As I’m telling her all this she reaches for the blood pressure monitor and asks if I’ve checked it on my own lately.  I haven’t.  I have a machine, but it’s packed away somewhere.

“Wow… I don’t believe it… 118/78!”

Is that good?

“That’s exactly where I want it!  I’d say that getting off shift work has really made a difference.”

She’s been telling me that for years, and it was hard to deny that… but there just wasn’t much of an opportunity to actually do it.  Now it’s happened, and apparently she was right.  Who knew?

I made an appointment for 4 months, and if it’s still good then we’ll look at cutting back some of the medication that I take to keep it from exploding again.


You Have a Trusting Face

Published July 6, 2012 - 1 Comment

Walking through the store this morning, looking at greeting cards for some reason, and a woman turns to me and says “Can I ask you for a favour?”.


“Can you open up my purse and reach in and take out a $20 bill?”

Ummm… excuse me?

“I just had my nails done, and I don’t want to ruin them.”

Ok… never been asked this before! Haha…

“You have a trusting face.”

Well that made my day!

World’s Longest Covered Bridge Celebrates its 111th Birthday… With a Place on Google’s Doodle!

Published July 4, 2012 - 0 Comments

Did you Google anything today from their homepage?  If so then you may have noticed that today’s Google Doodle is of a bridge… a very special bridge.

The Hartland bridge is the World’s Longest Covered Bridge, and today marks its 111th birthday!  That’s pretty impressive!

Impressive enough for Google to take notice, and beam their tribute around the world.  When most people are probably expecting there to be 4th of July fireworks… instead they find a bridge.  Nice!  🙂