Making Headway

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 152018

I spent most of yesterday dealing with computer issues. I started out deleting any personal files from my old Asus old laptop, which is going to a good home, and getting it boxed up and ready to ship out.

As I said a couple of days ago in a blog titled Frustration City, when I set up my new Dell laptop computer I couldn’t get the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software to work. It would load fine, but once the installation was completed, it wouldn’t open. I did some research online and couldn’t figure out what the problem was, so I called their tech support number. That’s always fun.

The gentleman I spoke to told me in very broken English that since I’m using version 13 of the software and it’s three or four years old, it won’t allow me to load it onto another computer. Instead he wanted to sell me a package with the latest version of the Dragon Professional software that I could load up onto as many as five computers, for just $499. I told him that wasn’t going to happen and immediately the price dropped down to $399. Thanks, but no thanks.

Version 13 works just fine on my desktop computer, and I found that I can order another Version 13 on Amazon for just $29.99. I don’t care if it’s not the latest and greatest, I just care that it works. Otherwise, I’ve made good headway and I think I’ve finally got the new computer set up and working fine.

I had planned to use it on a short out-of-town trip we were going to take this week, but my back had other plans and decided to waylay me and start kicking my portly posterior again. So things are on hold at the moment.

In dealing with my back, I have tried opioid pain pills, I’ve tried chiropractic, I’ve tried trigger point injections, massage therapy, and medical marijuana. Some things work a little better than others, but nothing really solves the problem. Since two doctors have told me I’m not a candidate for surgery, I looked into a spinal block shot, which I know has done wonders for many people. I had an appointment for a consultation about that today, but the doctor’s office called last week and rescheduled it for the 29th of this month. That’s frustrating.

Since nothing else has worked, I wonder if this is an option. No, a new Mustang won’t make my back better. But wouldn’t I look good driving to the chiropractor in it? Miss Terry keeps telling me I should buy it if I want it, and I really do, but I just can’t bring myself to pull the trigger on it. At least I haven’t been able to yet. Feel free to encourage me if you must.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Burning, the sixth book in my Big Lake Mystery series. 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 (first and last) 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.

How about I finish today’s blog with another from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us?

Thought For The Day – I’m not sure where you learned to whisper, but I’m guessing it was inside a helicopter surrounded by chainsaws.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  15 Responses to “Making Headway”

  1. You Wrote – Miss Terry keeps telling me I should buy it if I want it

    Remember Uncle Nick when you wife says do whatever you want never ever under any circumstances should you do what you want!!!!!!!!!

  2. You’ve been a good boy. Maybe Santa will bring that car for Christmas?

  3. Hmmm…I may be a spoiler but if memory serves me correctly you already have two vehicles and a garage that is completely full. Why would you even entertain the possibility of a new vehicle? I guess that figuring out some people is just beyond me. Fall back to your RVing days…one in, one out.

  4. Try accupuncture?

  5. If you’re in a position to get the car & you really want to you should do it. You only live once!!
    The big question is which car are you going to get rid of so you have a place to put it….

  6. I’ve got room for a whole fleet of cars! Besides our huge garage we have a paved parking area in front of the house that will hold eight cars easily, and another driveway and carport on the side, too.

  7. Someone (you) told me at a seminar on RVing that when our time comes to an end, the things we regret most in our lives are the things we didn’t do. That same person (you) said to ask ourselves “If not now, when?” It doesn’t just apply to RVing Nick.

  8. Here’s the way I see it Nick. You ain’t no spring chicken anymore and we all have an expiration date. You could work hard, make a lot of money, live frugally and leave it to your kids and they can drive new Mustangs or you can enjoy live and the things that make you happy yourself.

  9. My dad always wanted a Corvette. He made a very good income and could well afford it. But my mom would not allow it. She said that was a car for playboys not married men with families. He died last year at 86 years old and said the one wish he still had was that he never got that car.

  10. Its real simple Nick. If Miss Terry was the one who wanted the Mustang how long would you wait to buy it for her? I think we both know the answer to that.

  11. Well if you wait till 2020 you can buy the new coming out Shelby four-door Mustang
    Maybe by that time you’ll be ready to get rid of that Chrysler grocery getter .

  12. You have 3 options
    the first one,,, you can buy your Mustang
    Your second one,,, have you thought about renting one for a week.
    It’s called having your cake and eating it too ?
    Your third one,,, you can stand outside the show room and Lick the frosting off the cake
    But here’s the bottom line .
    The problem is,,the nostalgia of a 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 fastback with the 289
    Can’t be translated to 2018

  13. That Mustang is lovely & shiny & I don’t want to discourage you from buying it, but with your back if you ever got into it would you be able to get back out again? Just a random thought on my part.

  14. spinal blocks first time great…second so so third time nil, zero, finally surgery 10 /87 great until a fall this spring L4 L5 L6 starting over.


  15. No problem getting in and out. Actually easier than Terry’s Pacifica. We need to put running boards on it.

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