Jun 302012

A nasty thunderstorm hit Elkhart yesterday afternoon, an hour or so before we were supposed to leave for our appointment at the Apple Store in Mishawaka. I was about to call and cancel the appointment, but Miss Terry checked the live weather radar map and it looked like it was a fast moving storm and would be past us by the time we had to leave.

And sure enough, we left in a light rain, and by the time we were a couple of miles from Elkhart Campground the sky had cleared up. But there was a lot of evidence of just how much power the storm packed in all of the downed tree branches and debris we saw all the way to Mishawaka.

We had a 3:30 p.m. appointment at the Apple Store and were there five minutes early, but still had to wait over 20 minutes before a tech could look at my iMac. He quickly diagnosed the problem as a bad optical drive that would not read CDs or DVDs, and said that it was covered under our warranty. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that he said it would normally be two to three weeks to get the machine repaired, but since we are a business he was going to put a rush on it, and that with any luck it might be ready in three to five days. We got to talking as he was writing the order up, and he mentioned that his sister had recently self-published a children’s book. That led to a conversation about my self-publishing work, and my Publishing4Profit website and self-publishing  blog. By the time the conversation was over, he told us he was going to be working late and that he’d see what he could do for us to expedite the repair, since they had the necessary drive in stock. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for good news. And yes, before I took the computer in, I did a total backup to an external hard drive.

So I’m back to the Stone Age, using my ancient Dell desktop computer, which is just a little slower than molasses on a cold December day. When we bought our iMacs, we purposely bought two identical machines and set them up with the same programs so that if something like this happened when we were on deadline to get the Gypsy Journal printed, I could commandeer Terry’s computer to get the job done. But for writing my daily blog, I’ll just labor along with the old unit for now.

About 9 PM, our friend Al Hesselbart from the RV Museum came by to tell us that the storm earlier in the day had taken down his neighbor’s tree, which took down some power lines with it, including the ones to Al’s house. So he was moving into his vintage Newell motorhome for the weekend and was parking a couple of sites down from us. We chatted with our new neighbor for a while, and when he mentioned that he didn’t have any provisions in his coach since he had not planned on using it, Miss Terry sprang to the rescue. She gave Al some bottled water, Pepsi, and Propel, my last packet of Pop Tarts, some yogurt, and made him some strawberries, blueberries and raspberries in cream so he’d have a good breakfast. Darn, I don’t think the old coot eats that well at home!

About 1 AM, just as I was writing this blog post, it started raining again and I heard a rumble of thunder off in the distance. The weather report says we may have isolated thunderstorms the next day or two. Hopefully nothing as severe as yesterday’s storm.

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  4 Responses to “Back To The Stone Age”

  1. See, I told you I stay up late to get my Nick’s Blog Fix. Looks like I’m the first responder. Things are wet here in Bremerton, WA tool
    What is “Live weather radar map”? and can you give us neophytes a connection?.

  2. Dona, we use Weather Bug http://www.weatherbug.com for live up to date weather reports, maps, etc.

  3. Wish we could get some of that rain here in SD. We are burning up. Hottest year I remember for a while……..Just hope they keep all the fires under control. It is very smokey……….. enjoy the rain!

  4. yes Terry takes very good care of me. The fruit and cream with Greek yogurt was special and your last Pop-tart really hit the spot. My son checked on my neighborhood this AM and nothing has been done to get me out of your hair. guess Ill just stick around a while ant then go dump all the food I’m losing in my fridge.

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