I’m sure most of you encounter unexplainable problems with your computer from time to time. UNLESS you are a computer Geek. You know, they are those fellows who drive little bugs around town with the signs on top. I’m not sure they know all that much but I understand it beats delivering pizzas.
I’m really going out on a limb to write this blog because sometimes a computer’s memory works, and heaven knows I need to stay on the good side of this one.
I’m positive computers are of the male gender - come on – women are much more dependable and you can reason with them. That being said, I need to mention that I have named my computer Marvin. I have only struck him twice (both times in the side – you know what new monitors cost). But, wouldn’t you know, the blows upset the printer so much it coughed out 42 blank pages without stopping. Which brings us to my printer whose name I don’t care to mention. Talk about tempermental. I have unplugged and replugged this machine so many times I’ve about worn out the switch. Copies only roll out in the dead of night when I no longer need them. Come daylight, this little piece of work shuts down. I would give it a good whack but it would probably upset Marvin so much he would forget my password.
Occasionally Marvin and I have a good day. He starts when he’s supposed to and let’s me log onto my e-mail and send two or three messages. That’s about it. The next thing I know he informs me my system is overloaded, which I know darn well can’t be true. I called the paper’s tech guys once and asked for their help. Big mistake. Unless you can walk the walk and talk the talk with these guys, forget it. They don’t know terms like ”dohickey on the left,” or that “spot just below the red button.” Instead they’ll have you delete everything in your baskets , including some I never heard of, take the trash out from under your desk, empty the dishwasher, and end with “if that doesn’t work, don’t call us, we’ll call you.”
Blogging is a whole different hi tech field. Learning to blog is like learning to ride a bicycle. You have to first put one together, then learn to ride it so you can fall off and hurt your pride, then pick yourself up and do it all over again. Eventually you catch on. But it takes some of us longer than others.
Certainly I was given explicit instructions. My instructor even drew a map leading from the front door to my home office desk , then to Marvin’s “on”’ switch.
Piece of cake, I only got lost twice. But when it came to moving party pictures from my basket onto my blog, things didn’t go as smoothly. Even as we speak my screen saver is a party picture of three guys at a golf tournament awards banquet. How did they end up on my screen when I was moving them to my blog – I HAVE NO IDEA. Everytime I turn Marvin on (don’t say it) they fill the screen, stay on a few minutes and then disappear. I tried for days to move those guys onto my blog. They appeared twice in my e-mails and finally on my bathroom mirror. (I’m not about to tell my “blog master” about that, he might suggest I need a Geek keeper. Or worse, ask how they got there in the first place.)
Actually, they look kind of nice as a screen saver, and we’ve bonded. The guys are clean, have on sporty dress jackets and all three are wearing big smiles.
I’m not going to get too attached though, they could disappear any time . It wouldn’t surprise me if they traveled through cybro space and ended up on my television screen.
Wouldn’t that be the pits.
NOTES FROM MY SUNDAY COLUMN, THE SOCIAL SCENE…
Dancing for a Miracle, a fundraiser for Children’s Medical Research Institute, an affiliate of Children’s Miracle Network, raised $44,806. Looking as if they had just stepped off the popular “Dancing With The Stars,” TV show, Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz football player Andre Burns, KMGL-FM104.1 radio personality Shawn Carey, KFOR-reporter Scott Hines, Miss Oklahoma Rodeo 2008 Kristen Killion, David Stanley Chevrolet’s Rob Stanlay and Oklaoma Energy Resources Board Executive Director Mindy Stitt (defending title holder) were paired with professional dancers to compete for the title of Children’s Miracle Network Dancing For the Kids Star 2009. Guests indicated contributions to the institute as they voted for their favorite team. Hines and professional dancer April Glunt were the winners, raising $6,359. The combined dance couples raised $19,101.
Landi Thompson was event chairman and honorary chairmen were former Gov. Frank Keating and his wife, Cathy.