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Our relationship was forged to the soundtrack of Yoko Ono's magic,
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quadruple whammy

Cleveland closed – foto by son Smith

1) I may disappear shortly, blog-wise (I know, you were hoping I’d disappear corporeally as well). My less-than two-year old two-hour battery now holds only 14 minutes of charge when fully charged, and every time I reboot, the computer tells me I have to buy a new one. This is the second Dell laptop battery to die in the past 3 years. What kind of company sells you a one year battery for a $1,000 computer? I’d answer that, but my profanity might get out of hand. Dell computers suck big time. I will never buy another Dell product of any kind. My wife’s Dell laptop batteries died twice too, so she trashed it and bought a Compact.

2) The Dell laptop batteries also overheat and burn your lap.

3) The power cord connection is bad as well, keeps losing contact and reverting to battery power – and if I don’t notice it, 8 minutes later the computer light starts flashing red and the machine turns itself off. I know it’s the Dell computer port that’s defective because I just bought a brand new power cord – my 4th Dell power cord in 3 years.

You can see why I’ve such a lousy opinion of Dell computers.

4) And finally, our mysterious magic internet WiFi connection has disappeared as well. Don’t know where the signal came from or where it went. We found the connection floating through the air when we first stayed in Chiplis’s little 2-room love shack out back in 2006 after we sold our studio. It was still here when we visited the states in 2007 and 2008 and for our first 11 days back this time. So we’ll have to find a library or coffee house to connect.

This doesn’t bother me too much because things are getting complicated and harder to write about, but Lady needs the net to do some web work she’s being paid for. We have to find our own place, get our own connection, live our new life in this strange, colorless, cold land.

the story’s never ending – foto by son Smith

5 Responses to “quadruple whammy”

  1. MadM says:

    That mysterious Fairy Trap Shack seriously messed with one of my blogs last year, corrupted it beyond belief.
    I had to delete it when I got home.
    (I am a total Mac type, all the way).

  2. MadM says:

    I meant to say, “that mysterious Fairy Trap Shack wireless connection”…

  3. mary says:

    they deliberately make things to not last. i heard we have the technology to make a light bulb that never burns out. i would write more but my head hurts today.

  4. GD says:

    We would really miss our daily updates of life through lady and smith’s eyes.

  5. jesus crisis says:

    How’d I miss this blog? Mom bought me a Dell desktop brandnew when I came home from prison in June 2004. By the end of the year it was fried and had to be replaced. Apparently it was because lightning hit her house (she lost her stove and refrigerator too). Still, whatever the cause, we had it less than 6 months. Now I’ve had an eMachines desktop annd an HP laptop for close to four years each with no serious problems. Only had to replace my P power cord once – and that was because our puppy ate through the old one.

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