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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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2014-10-29 2:47 PM
My inner geek ponders the restorative properties of coffee
I have a little netbook computer. I don't use it for very much any more, but I can read documents on it. When I meet my writing group every couple of weeks, I usually take the computer along with me with an electronic copy of what I've submitted for the others to read. That way I save the effort and cost of printing my copy. A few weeks ago, the internet connection at the Starbucks where we meet was in a bad mood or something and I kept getting rather repetitive and annoying messages popping up on the screen and interfering with reading my essay. So I told the wi-fi connection to disable itself temporarily, and the discussion and critique of my essay continued.
I use that little computer to print greeting cards (I have a large, far flung family and buying cards for every birthday and other greeting runs into real money). I turned it on in my kitchen a day or two later, and the virus protection program went nuts, with all kinds of notices and complaints that it couldn't connect to anything. Well, I was printing a greeting card, at that moment I didn't really care about the internet, but I did attempt to load my home page. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
Wi-fi was working, I was able to send a couple of greeting cards to the wireless printer, but nothing via the internet would load. Not really a problem, just sort of curious.
I can hear you wondering by now - what did you say about coffee?
Yesterday I was back at the Starbucks to meet my writing group. I turned the computer on to load my essay, and my virus program popped up "Do you want to continue to load the update?" I clicked on yes, with the suspicion that the lack of connection issues would prevent anything from happening. But - the whole process ran smoothly, I got a confirmation that I had installed the update (this took about 45 seconds) my home page with the cat photographs appeared, and since then both at Starbucks and at home, everything is back to the way it used to be.
I guess the internet wireless modem just wanted another cup of coffee. Or, more realistically, wanted to rest on the table near me while I drank some coffee.
My inner geek is mystified, but pleased.
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