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By education and experience - Accountant with a specialty in taxation. Formerly a CPA (license has lapsed). Masters degree in law of taxation from University of Denver. Now retired. Part time work during baseball season as receptionist & switchboard operator for the Colorado Rockies. This gig feeds my soul in ways I have trouble articulating. One daughter, and four grandchildren. I share the house with two cats; a big goof of a cat called Grinch (named as a joke for his easy going "whatever" disposition); and Lady, a shelter adoptee with a regal bearing and sweet little soprano voice. I would be very bereft if it ever becomes necessary to keep house without a cat.
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Well, drat!

My regular readers know that I like to update you on what I've been reading. And it's been quite a while since I've published a list. Bothersome events in real life interfered for the most part, but now on top of all that - my reading log is gone.

I kept the log on a dinosaur of a database program called Lotus Approach. My computer was operating on Windows XP, in response to a lot of advice from people I trusted, I had it upgraded to Windows 7. I kept the data file in on a portable hard drive, so the problem is not the data. I can't load Lotus on the new system, so I can't read the data.

What I SHOULD have done, I can see very clearly now, is saved the file twice, the second version in what is called "comma delimited" version. Quite a few programs will read a file saved that way, and I could retrieve my precious log - which goes back to 1998.

My public library keeps a reading list for patrons who request it, so I can rebuild the more recent entries from there, and do my best to bring my postings here up to date. But not all my reading comes from the library. And the state of my brain in recent weeks means I may not remember a book worthy of mention.

I wonder if somewhere there is an entity which I might describe as a "software bank" which has all these old programs waiting around on dusty servers for someone to need them. I would be willing to pay to get a comma delimited version of my precious log. Beeg? Ruth - anyone at your office? Anyone?

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