Dec 132019

Well, if you tried to log onto the blog yesterday and got the same darned Adobe flash pop-up or another from Google Play Protect if you were on a smart phone or tablet, you know that all of the hours I spent on the phone with Go Daddy’s tech support on Wednesday accomplished absolutely nothing.

So, I was back on the phone with them again yesterday morning, speaking to a new problem solver who couldn’t solve my problems either. He wanted to start at square one and go through all the steps again that I had been through the day before. I kept telling him we had done all that, but he ignored me and went on reading from his cue card. I finally had to get loud, and maybe I used a couple of words my mother wouldn’t have approved of, but at least it got him to shut up long enough to listen to me. Then I told them I was not going to spend another day on the telephone repeating the things that had already been done that had been unsuccessful. I asked to be transferred to David, the tech I had worked with the previous day, who was actually trying to help and not just reciting everything from rote. He said David was on another call and would get back to me. That never happened. Guess what I’ll be doing this morning? It’s Friday the 13th, how bad could it get?

I have to be honest, there are times I just want to chuck the whole blog thing and walk away from it. I love sharing our lives with you, I love answering questions from readers and hopefully helping them, and I appreciate the fact that so many of you support what I’m doing here, buy my books, and tell your friends about them. On the other hand, I hate dealing with techno-nerds who have no clue what they’re doing and end up wasting my time and accomplishing nothing.

After getting off the phone with Go Daddy, I needed to just step away from the problem for a while. So I did, and cranked out about 3,500 words in my new Big Lake book. Now those folks in that little Arizona mountain town are the kind of people I can relate to. Oh, sure, they’re kind of quirky, and I suspect a couple are downright insane, and yeah, they murder somebody once in a while. But I still like them. Hey, I just had an idea! Maybe I’ll bring a techno-nerd to Big Lake and let somebody there bump him off. Maybe that would make me feel better. What do you think?

And finally, since the stress of dealing with all of this website nonsense has made me a real Debbie Downer lately, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

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Nick Russell

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

  10 Responses to “Some Things Never Change”

  1. Just FYI, I got the adobe pop-up 3 times this morning before it finally let me read your blog. I had only had it once before. Seems like it’s getting worse. But PLEASE don’t let it stop your blog???? I really enjoy reading it every morning!

  2. I use an iPad and have not seen any pop ups at all! I can understand your frustrations though!. But I follow you by email, if that makes a difference. Please don’t let this stop your blogging!! Enjoy it everyday

  3. Got in first time no problem. FEEL FOR YOU WHEN DEALING WITH THE CALL CENTER NERDS.

  4. Well Nick, maybe someone finally fixed it. I refreshed the site 3 or 4 times and it cleared up.
    Just thought you would like to know.
    Dave Davis

  5. Got pop up yesterday, however today the blog opened right up with no problems.

  6. well , well , no flash player today its a miracle Thanks

  7. Today I refreshed the webpage four times, and the Flash popup finally stopped.

  8. Nope, no Adobe this evening.

  9. I had problems earlier this week and last week. I got the comment- could not open page because of too many redirects! Last few days – no issue

  10. For me, the fourth time was the charm. 🙂 Hang in there…we would all miss you.

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