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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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Stymied at every turn

It's been one thing after another with my computer and my internet connections. Back in early May, I investigated upgrading my computer (which I had used since early 2007) to Windows7 - after Microsoft discontinued support for XP.

This involved taking the machine itself to the shop, to have more RAM installed. When I got it back, the computer didn't recognize the speakers. Another trip to the shop, to learn that the sound card was bad, and not only that the hard drive was on its last legs. I was mildly exasperated that I hadn't been informed about the hard drive on the first trip to the shop - not much I could do about it then.

So, a new computer. While I was at it, a new wireless keyboard and a bigger monitor.

So far, so good, except that now internet connectivity began to stop and start for what seemed like no good reason. A VERY convoluted and frustrating conversation with support at the phone company, and a wait of over a week for the repair folks to show up, and to learn that the bottom line was that the DSL modem had died. So I replaced that.

THEN, the landline itself went dead. The technician is coming in the morning. So, off and on, I take my laptop over to Starbucks and check email there.

In the meantime, my reading log is expanding and my efforts to update that will involve at least three or four blog posts. I am relying on my trusty cell phone for voice connections.

In the months of uncertainty about my health, I didn't have any of the classic "why me?" emotions. I really didn't. But going into the fourth month of inconvenience and expense to keep my computer up and running AND connected - that IS how I feel. Please, God, why me?

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