Radiogurl a la Carte

Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004
One Step Forward Two Steps Back

It's just past midnight but I wanted to post at least briefly. I ended up spending the whole day overhauling the computers for the lady with the feed and tack place, and will have to go back tomorrow. It definitely doesn't surprise me that she had problems, considering she had more than sixteen hundred spyware programs and files on a computer with only 64MB of RAM. I am amazed that the thing operated at all.

I got the spyware cleared off both of her machines and upgraded her older machine from Win98 to Win2000. As a result of that, I've got to download all of the updates to Win2000 and will have to track down and install the drivers for her antiquated printer. Then I need to find out why, after cleaning things up, her primary machine suddenly is bogged down rather than running faster. Ugh. One step forward and two steps back.

After doing that, I picked up Youngest Daughter and we planned to go put laundry in to wash and pick up something for dinner while it we were waiting at the laundromat. Unfortunately we arrived to discover that the laundromat now closes at 6pm on Saturdays, which means I'll have to get up at 7am and go do it alone in the morning before going back to finish the computer work. Oh joy.

Since the laundry was postponed, though, we also rented two movies, Cold Mountain and The Day After Tomorrow. I rarely rent movies but tonight I was so exhausted it sounded like a good escape plan. I wasn't expecting Cold Mountain to be as intense as it was. Someone told me it was a "chick flick." I guess it might qualify by the fact that it's narrated by Nicole Kidman and it's something of a girls' buddy movie and a love story, but it is also gritty and the acting is flawless throughout. Every character, set, and costume was precision on display. The screenplay was a little overwrought (how many times could Jude Law's character escape death before the drama turned full-fledged soap??) And it was another Titanic-esque ending. Still and all, excellent piece of cinematography. The Oscar nods were well earned.

We haven't watched Day After Tomorrow yet. Hopefully I'll be home in time to watch tomorrow night sometime. If not, it won't happen before Tuesday at earliest.

If I weren't so tired I'd wax existential about now. However, I think my cold is returning with a vengeance, only this time somebody took sandpaper to the inside of my throat and left me congested. For me, considering what I do for work, THAT's scary!

Given that my eyelids are approaching the point I'll have to prop them open with toothpicks to keep them from closing on me, I'm going to call it a night and head for bed. Considering I stripped the bed to do laundry and don't have any clean bedding, I'm mighty grateful for the bathrobe and slippers now!

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )