Sunday, February 5, 2012

Back from the dead!

First, let me apologize to the masses who checked this blog for the past couple of weeks, waiting with breathless anticipation for the wisdom provided within, only to be disappointed to find nothing new.  As my last post stated, I was on a business trip from Hawaii to Kansas(yes, Hawaii to January), and both my work computer and personal laptop shit themselves.  Then, as I was looking forward to coming home and using my brand new computer to pontificate with again, that one went tits up too.

My new baby had been infected with malware, despite Macafee anti-virus being on and updated(extraneous note - MACAFEE SUCKS!).  So Sherry took it to Best Buy to get fixed.  They promised 3-5 days.  At the six day mark, she called and they told her, "Sorry, it's not done yet."  Five days after that, as I'm about to drive down to Best Buy and begin formulating excuses for why PTSD caused me to snap and take out half the Geek Squad for being completely incompetent, we called again, and the lying sack of shit on the other end said, "Oh yeah, it just came off the bench and should be ready by the time you get down here."  Problem solved, right?

While I checked out of this bothersome situation, the clerk at the register let it slip that the computer had actually been ready for five days, but since some underwhelmed minimum wage employee forgot to close it out in the system, they never called us.  I was mad for two reasons:
1.  They finished and probably would never have let us know if we hadn't called again.
2.  The schmuck I spoke with earlier lied to me about it being finished because he was covering his ass and hoping I wouldn't go psychopathic on the phone with him.
OK, rant done.  I feel better.

Anyway, I noticed several things during my "down time."  First, it came to me that I spend a lot of time on the computer, maybe more than I should.  While I had no computer, I rediscovered several books I love, played with my daughter, took walks with my wife, and did a great deal of stuff that doesn't require a modem connection.  Second, I felt really off rhythm.  A guy on the blogroll on the right, Joe Peacock, put it well when he said that blogging is like going to the gym - you're conditioned to go when you're consistent, and the more you skip, the easier it gets to skip.  I might take a few days to get back on track, but I'll push through and get back to blogging about writing.

On another note, I've added a new website to my blogroll -  Kevin Hanrahan is a good friend of mine and is writing about the dogs he's worked with during his time in the Army.  I expect his novel, Paws on the Ground, to be a great success, and I hope you'll check out his website.


  1. I had the same problem with my new computer over Christmas Russ. By buddy is a signal officer for the Army and says McAfee isn’t very good. After we walked me through how to fix it over the phone I downloaded Symantec. I haven’t had an issue since.

    Completely agree with your Russ. I’m on leave this week but was up at 0530 to get to my editing, check my twitter, FB and email. When I was younger and healthy I used to be this way about the gym! OK, enough procrastinating for me….time to get back to editing!

    Glad to see you are back up and running!
    Thanks very much for the mention.

    I’ve got a new post coming out this morning.

  2. Glad to see you back....MacAfee and Norton BOTH suck. I've used ESET's NOD32 for quite a few years and (knock on wood) have never gotten infected. Hope your computer woes are time to check on my Facebook, Twitter, various forums, blogs and email...I just came back from a no-online cruise. LOL!

  3. I went on a cruise for my honeymoon several years back. I felt lost without being able to go online, but I survived. Thanks for checking out the blog!