I’m aware that my posts have dropped off considerably in frequency and in the amount of thought put into them, but sometimes non-blog things do intrude on my little hermitage.
Like grandmotherly things. Picking up the grandkids after school every day this week and tending them until their dad can come pick them up after work. (The DIL is out of town.)
Or like an engrossing new video game, Far Cry 3. I’d been playing Assassin’s Creed 2, but got frustrated with puzzles I couldn’t solve and timed events I couldn’t finish. My greatest weakness with an Xbox controller seems to be my inability to run, drive, fly, or otherwise negotiate a path with my left thumb. If you’re a gamer, you can appreciate the problem. Funny, I do a lot of things with my left hand, even though I’m right-handed. But navigating from point to point, fast, using a left thumbstick definitely isn’t one of them.
Then, a few days ago, because my old printer was out of ink again and new ink would cost $70+ and because as you probably know, that will buy you a whole new printer (including ink) these days, I ordered a new printer. Much more fun than just new ink for an old printer. The new printer came yesterday and I got busy setting it up. Unlike its predecessor, it’s wireless, and as you may recall, I’m completely inept when it comes to my wifi set-up. And sure enough, I messed it up some way. Soon thereafter I realized that meant I’d also screwed up the wifi for my laptop. Bad enough, since that’s the computer I use all the time now while the big computer languishes in the back room. But at least the big box still had an internet connection so the granddaughter could do her homework and the grandson could play some games.
At some point I realized that wiping out the wifi meant a good part of my Xbox functionality was now dead, too. Despair! Just last weekend my son was over here and used his Netflix account to share with me the first episode of “House of Cards.” (“House of Cards” is worthy of a separate post.) A night or two later I realized that somehow, some way, I still had access to “House of Cards” and have been watching an episode every night since then. Apparently I’m able to do so via my son’s account, because I’ve never subscribed to Netflix, and whatever the glitch is, I hope it continues until I finish the show.
Anyway, when my son arrived to pick up the kids, I had this “minor” wifi glitch for him to fix. We both thought it would take him all of 10 minutes to get things squared away but it took two hours. When I mess things up, I mess them up big time. I’d have never gotten it fixed with the “help” of Comcast tech support. Something about the Xbox wouldn’t recognize the DNS …
So … yeah … that’s why I haven’t been posting much lately. (And honestly, would you really want to read any more commentary about Washington, gun control, immigration, drones, etc?)