Tuesday, October 12, 2004


So I was driving to the School this morning to drop off 2 of my kids, and when I turned a sharp corner, my coffee spilled. Because I was trying to drive, I shouted, "Grab that!" to my kids. That's when one of them quickly grabbed the cup (which has a lid, but was still spilling) and put it into the cup holder. Upside down.

So then I had a small pool of coffee filling each cup holder.

But that's not the "un-wired-er" part, it just set the tone for what happened next. In my last post I mentioned that most of my current technology is on it's last ragged leg. Well, now I can add my electric razor to that mix. After the coffee incident, I went back to driving...and shaving. (I know that may freak some people out, but I keep my eyes completely on the road while driving and shaving. Fortunately, I've become pretty familiar with my face over the years. Or maybe I should say, "unfortunately." But, I digress.)

Anyway, when I finished shaving, I tried to turn off the razor, but the button was stuck. It would not budge. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz was the constant noise as I tried to turn the silly thing off. Bzzzzzzzzzzzz It just wouldn't stop. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz All right, I get it! I get it! Bzz. It was like a scene from "The Return of the Pink Panther." "Turn off! Turn off! You swine razor!" Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

About 10 minutes later, by some wierd fluke, I tried to turn it off again, and it just went off. "Snap!" and no more buzz.

That's when I glanced in the mirror and noticed that I had missed a spot...

Thursday, October 07, 2004


I used to be wired. I mean, really wired. I had the latest gadgets, and was always upgraded on time. The latest version of any of my techno tools was the one I was using. I even poured over Wired(tm) magazine each month.

But not now.

Since planting North Point, the cash flow has been in a totally different hemisphere than when I was on staff at a stable, established church. As a result, I've stretched my current technology to the absolute max over the last year and half or so. And now it's starting to go out in a blaze of glory, as it were.

So here's the latest. My Toshiba Satelite 1805-S274 laptop was getting the job done just fine until the cool 15.0" diagonal TFT active-matrix display developed a short somewhere in the hinge and stopped working. This of course, is when I
developed a short somewhere in the hinge and stopped working.

But, still ever the resourceful one, I hooked it up to a different monitor while I had it at home, and "worked it back and forth like crazy" till it came on while I was on the road. Not the best scenario, but it worked.

Then it developed a short in the power cord. Just a little thing. Just a little wire... A slight adjustment, and it was fine, usually. That is, until this past Sunday. On that day the short decided to hide forever within the wire and make itself unavailable for correction. What a little electric punk. And before long, the battery power had also gone the way of the dodo bird, and "Mr. Toshiba" was now officially in a coma. No amount of resuscitation would turn the thing back on.

This is a major problem. (I've got to remember to back my files up one of these days...)

So I ordered a new cable from the company, and it should be here today. $74.00 and 4 days later, I can finally get to a ton of work related items that have been lying in the dark abyss of electrical blackout, including Sunday's message that has been in limbo on the hard drive for four days.

Oh yeah, the Cd player lid is broken, my Pocket PC bit the dust, and lightning took out my DVD player. I'm typing this on my old Desktop that I've had since 1999 that is running windows 98.

Me go back to cave, now. Work on Blog later. Ug.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

My great reason for "Affair Proofing" My Marriage...:-) Posted by Hello

At the Celebrate Roanoke Event on Saturday, 10.02.2004 Posted by Hello