It’s been a while since I’ve posted an entry, though it’s not because I haven’t tried. In the last five days, I’ve had… wait for it… 5 different computers refuse to work for me. This now includes a loaner that was provided to me just two days ago that has decided that it does not want to turn on anymore. It also includes the laptop that is provided by work. Needless to say that in the process I’ve lost most of the images that I’ve already taken as well as some other files that were much more relevant than I first thought.
It has made me realize just how dependent on the computer I’ve become. It’s funny to say that since the first time I really started using one, I thought it was only going to be for typing papers and sending e-mails. While in most cases, that’s what I do, I also noticed that it is a window onto the world, one that I’ve become so dependent on that it’s very difficult to operate without one. This leads to Betsy and I going computer shopping early tomorrow morning. Some would say it’s a sign… I’m saying it’s bad timing.
Needless to say it was one of the more interesting times to have a computer die, especially with the recent first meeting of the civic organization roundtable. The good news is that the loft should be back online before lunch tomorrow, though I will not be enjoying the benefits until after the Notre Dame v. Navy game is over 🙂 Any suggestions for a new (affordable) system are greatly appreciated.
I’ll eventually catch up on all of the entries that have been floating around in my head, including some more thoughts on “the parks”. In the meantime, a couple of things to keep in yours as we approach the end of another work week:
Today’s the last day that you can register to vote in the upcoming election. I’d find a way to as soon as possible and then exercise the right; otherwise you really have no reason to criticize the results. We’ve made it a little easier for you; here’s a link to the form you need to fill out (page 3 of the form includes the addresses for delivery here in Jefferson County).
There is a parade tomorrow morning downtown if you don’t already know. The Magic City Classic Parade takes its annual spin through downtown before the kickoff of the game between Alabama State and Alabama A&M (at 2:30 p.m.) The link will take you to the official site.
The forecasters are predicting that the rains will have subsided by this evening, giving you NO excuse to not come out and enjoy the artists and merchants participating in the open house in Avondale this evening. Please click here to view a previous post that includes information about just what’s going on at the park this weekend.
Keep Officer Mary Smith, her daughter and her family in your thoughts today as the former Birmingham police officer is laid to rest today. The service begins at noon with at least two networks that I know of carrying it both on television and streaming on their websites. For those not in Birmingham, Smith (a 21 year veteran of the Birmingham Police Department) had recently retired from BPD and was working for the Fairfield Police Dept. for less than a month when she was fatally shot on October 23 while responding to a call.