Jan 052017

Yesterday was one of those days when I should have stayed in bed. It seemed like from the time I sat down at my desk to make the final corrections to the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, things started going wrong, and they never stopped all day long.

It started out with the batteries in my wireless mouse going dead. No big deal, I’ll just replace them and get to work. Even I can replace a couple of batteries, right? Well, apparently not. I was too lazy to walk back to Terry’s office, where she keeps the batteries in her desk drawer, so I rummaged around in the drawers of my roll top and found a couple that I knew were in there somewhere.

I popped them into the mouse and the darned thing still wouldn’t work. Shoot, they must be dead. Then I got to thinking, and remembered that they were new batteries that Terry had given me a while back for something, and it turned out I didn’t need them. I guess they could go dead just sitting there. I was about to go get two more from Terry when I decided to check, and sure enough, I had put them in the mouse backward. Well duh! I inserted them the correct way and the mouse worked fine.

But then my computer didn’t want to cooperate, running at the speed of sludge. This sometimes happens when I’m working on a new issue. There are so many photos that it seems to eat up a lot of RAM memory, and I usually have to reboot the computer about halfway through, and apparently I had not done that. I seldom turn my computer off, I just turn off the monitor at night when I’m done for the day. So when I did reboot it, it decided it needed to do some kind of an update that took about half an hour. Then it restarted again automatically, and I’ll be darned if it didn’t start doing another update. At least that one only took about ten minutes.

Finally up and running, I made the changes to the new issue, and with that done, I tried to upload it to Go Daddy. Then I ran into another problem. I use a program called InDesign to lay out each issue, then convert it to a PDF file for reading. I always choose the smallest file size, which is usually somewhere around 3.6 MB. That makes it easy for our subscribers to download and it doesn’t eat up a lot of their data. But for some reason, instead it kept coming out full-size, which was over 14 MB.

While I was fiddling with that, Go Daddy decided to lock me out of the account because I had been in and out too many times in less than an hour and they suspected hacking. So I had to call and give them my mother’s maiden name, the name of my first pet, the name of my high school, and I think my blood type, too, before they decided I was really me.

Finally I resolved the issue with the PDF size, but then I couldn’t get it to upload and create a link properly. Fortunately, about then Greg White called to tell me that his wife Jan was over 80% of the way through my new book, Big Lake Celebration, and really enjoying it. That’s always nice to hear. Greg is my go to guy when technical things don’t work, and he managed to figure out what I was doing wrong with the link and I got that done.

About then Miss Terry called me to dinner, and she had made one of my favorites, BBQ wings. There’s not a wing place in a country that can make them better than she does.

It’s only been a week since her new Samsung gas range was installed, and the second time she used the oven, the light would not work. We have a five year extended warranty on it, and again, it’s only a week old. So she called Lowe’s warranty number, and the person she talked to said that they would send somebody out, but if it was determined that it was only a light bulb, and that Terry could have changed it, we would have to pay for the service call. I don’t think so!

Terry explained to the lady on the telephone that she could not figure out how to get the bulb out, and again, the thing is a week old! So they’re sending somebody out Friday to take a look at it, with the caveat that if the repair man thinks it’s something we could have fixed, he will leave and let us do it, supposedly without a service call payment.

That did not sit right with me, so I called the Lowes in Titusville, where we purchased the range. The nice man there said that that wasn’t their policy and that we shouldn’t have gotten that kind of run around. He took my number and said he would call me back in just a few minutes, once he had contacted the warranty people and told them to get their act together. That was about 5:30 PM and it’s now midnight, and I’m still waiting for that telephone call. Nice work, Lowe’s.

With the new issue uploaded and the link problem resolved, my next step was to go to Mail Chimp and send out an email to all of our subscribers with the link. And, of course, that didn’t want to work either. For some reason when I typed in the message with the new link, it knocked me out of the program and I had to log back in. And then it did it a second time. And a third time! I growled a few words that would make a sailor blush, but finally got the darn thing to work and sent out the link to our subscribers. I’m glad that day is over!

Apparently the gremlins were at work Tuesday night, too. I wrote in yesterday’s blog about the nice wooden bowl that our friends Charles and Chris Yust from C&C Insurance sent us as a housewarming gift. When I did a preview of the blog before posting it, there was a photo of the bowl. But once the blog went live, the photo had disappeared. It was after 1 AM and I was dog tired from working on the paper for over 15 hours so I decided to deal with it in the morning. And then in the morning, all the fun things I wrote about above were happening and I forgot all about it. So, here is the bowl. Beautiful, isn’t it?

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is the newly released Forever Series boxed set by my dear friend Mona Ingram. It includes a total of eight stand-alone romance novellas. Each book tells the story of a woman at a crossroads in her life. They contain no graphic sex, but instead focus on the woman’s journey and how it leads to love. The set retails for $9.99, but you could win one free! To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

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  6 Responses to “There Really Was A Bowl”

  1. I also purchased a Samsung Fridge from Lowe’s a little over 2 years ago. In that time we have had a service guy out twice. Fixed the first problem when the condenser fan quit. Second time he couldn’t find what was making the rattling noise so he ordered another condenser fan AND a fan in the fridge to replace. All covered under warranty. The rattling noise still making noise. Shrugged his shoulders and said it can’t be fixed, we would have to live with it. We left for our Winter home in Florida and when I get back will look at it myself as I was a Heating/Cooling guy in my working life. Moral to the story: Stay away from anything made from Samsung! Possibly Lowe’s also for appliances. I know Lowe’s will never sell me another appliance even with my Vet. discount. Ok, I’ll get off my soap box now. Sorry Nick for you bad experiences and hope life treats you better starting tomorrow. 😉

  2. With all of snafus that you’ve had yesterday and part of today does that mean we’re still not going to get invited over to try the famous Miss Terry’s BBQ wings
    May the gremlins be with you

  3. Some days you are the fly and some days you are the windshield. 😉

  4. Nick, many times certain updates need to be made to the operating system first and then it can get the other updates to be added after the first batch. Have you checked to see if your memory is maxed out on your computer. I have four machines (Windows 10) in the office and my people were complaining that they were going a bit slower than they would like. The computers were only one year old but they had quite a few programs open at one time. I ran a memory test using crucial.com and found out I could add 4 gigs of memory for $25 each. Bought two 8 gig memory sticks put them in two machines and moved those 4 gig memory sticks in the other two machines. 4 happy campers for about $96. Some times solutions aren’t that expensive.
    On a different vein. I hate updating computers because it takes so long, nothing ever goes right and it ranks up there with the most frustrating things in life. Whoo, it feels good to get that off my chest. Now back to fixing the rest of my computers. Hope Thursday turns out less frustrating for you.

  5. And whatever you do, DO NOT contract with Lowe’s for storm doors. I almost lost my mind over purchasing and installing two heavyweight doors. From salesman screwing up the order to the man installing. Store manager and I became bosom buddies before that was all resolved. Pay extra for your own contractor, saves you wrangling with the big box stores.

  6. Well, if Lowes and Samsung are terrible about warranties and repairs, don’t even go there with Viking. We purchased a new Viking two years ago in November. It lasted until turkey day when it didn’t cook that bird. We ate microwave turkey. Bleah. Long story short, Viking’s new stoves aren’t what they used to be. It took until June to get a new replacement stove. Even then, it wasn’t a perfect working appliance. So I’m adding to your recommendation on never getting Samsung: Don’t get Viking anything either!

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