Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thankfully There is Always Something to Whine About

It's back.  On the surface, it seems the same.  But flip the "on" switch and watch out Mr. Man.  The somewhat dimwitted and slow electrical friend who left for a few days of complete rest which included some much needed high colonics, low colonics, mud baths, and back rubs, has returned re-invigorated, reinvented, and re-adjusted to the point I do not recognize my friend anymore.

I had gotten used to slow.  I had gotten used to it's idiosyncrasies, foibles, and tendency to break wind at the drop of a hat.  Like a comfortable pair of old shoes finally being re-fitted with new soles and heels, it looks the same but once again I find myself breaking those old shoes in again.   Stiff and awkward, the shoes and I will need to become re-acquainted.

Nothing got wiped out.  It is all still there, just slightly out of order.  My friend came back from the Computer Heaven Spa and Retreat with new procedures and routines that insist no matter how old a dog I am, I must learn some new tricks if I want to play with my old friend like we used to.  The relationship has changed.  My friend has changed and is adamant that I change also.

Okay, well, I don't wanna change.  A man gets used to things a certain way, things in certain places, order and chaos set up to his liking and when someone comes along, whether it be a mechanical someone or a flesh and blood someone and changes everything, it is a natural response of a real man to resist, even when it makes no sense to resist.  Real men know exercising futilely is some of the best exercise there is.  Just look at our political system if you are in need of evidence.

 So here I sit in front of my new/old computer and am happy to report that I sit grumpy once again. My machine is fixed, but now it is "too fixed".  Any concerns I may have had at a possible drop in whine factor evaporated as soon as I opened up my "bookmarks".  Nothing was as I left it.  This, which was up here next to that is now down there next to something else.  The seldom visited links I had moved to the bottom out of the way were now gumming up the works at the top, middle, bottom, and everything in between.

Life is beautiful again.  I can still complain about these damn computers with conviction and a false sense of victim hood that comes with the notion that all machines are inherently evil and are just waiting for the chance to ruin my day at any opportunity.

I'll visit everyone soon.  It's back to the bike shop for now...................................
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Image has nothing to do with the post.  Just one of my valve caps on my current favorite ride.  Posted for BBC's enjoyment and to let everyone know, this monkey is at play again.

And just because I just today re-discovered this tune I offer up this:

**** Seems my new safety features will not allow U Tube to load onto my blog.  There are also some other issues with things being blocked and refused.  Let me know if this video worked for those of you who might try it.

9 comments:

The Blog Fodder said...

What did they do? Install Windows 7? I am staying windows XP until they force m out of it. At least it runs fast again. I missed you while you were "gone".

MRMacrum said...

Blog Fodder - No, still on XP. Just had it injected with steroids I guess. The problem I have now is one of too much protection. Kinda like the Patriot Act. Gonna protect me with a shotgun keep em all out if their handle even hints of a fishy smell. And while they are at it, keep out the guy on the right and the left just to be sure they hit their target.

squatlo said...

You can always move things around in your "faves" list, just left-click and hold while you drag it where you want it...

The JT clip was cool. That was a hell of a band working with him in those days (circa late 70's, early 80's) Waddy Wachell on lead guitar, Russ Kunkle on drums, leland Sklar (sp?) on bass... killer sound! Thanks.

Randal Graves said...

Video works fine, but does this mean that you're now on the frontlines of the Global War On Terror (is that what we're still calling it?) and if so, are we required to salute and kill a Mexcan before we comment?

Mr. Charleston said...

Good grief! What a whimp. No hot-shit carbon-fiber bikes with slick as snot Shimano shifters in your shop. Nosirree. Git yur ass out there on that old Huffy and git with it boy!

Tom Harper said...

Glad to see you back and whining again :)

John Myste said...

Good needs bad to exist.

Without bad, good is a meaningless term, like sljdsljkds. When you notice things scrambled and removed from their correct location, know that you are witnessing testimony of the goodness God has visited upon you.

Someone prayed for your machine. I am certain of it. That person’s prayers were answered. God changed His mind and allowed your machine to spring back to life; but not back to its life, no, because that would have been perfection and would cause you to entirely miss that it was good. We do not see perfection as perfect. Real perfection leaves nothing worse for comparison. There are probably perfect things all around us, their quality completely invisible. The word “the,” for example, may be perfect. It has no competition. How would we know? Your machine came back to a life, as sure as Jesus did, if that’s what He did. The life of your computer closely resembles the one it had before. With each flaw, you say, ah, my machine is almost back. Life is good.

Todd Krohn said...

Get Windows 7. It took about a week to figure it out, but now XP seems as antiquated as '95.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

I like my old..just want it to work like new without being new..I feel your pain.