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Well I finally resolved my computer problem yesterday after long phone consultations with Toshiba (who made my laptop) and Linksys (who made my wireless router). Both were very helpful, but neither could solve the ultimate issue, which was that the two computers couldn't see each other on the network. I searched MSDN and found a knowledge-base article that talked about my problem. All I can think is that the automatic updates that get downloaded from Microsoft broke something (since it had been working just fine before).

The dishwasher is another story. It turns out that my dishwasher thinks it's still in the middle of a cycle, so I can't use it at all except maybe to rinse dishes (as long as I'm there to shut it off). I don't think there'll be time to deal with it before vacation.

Vacation! I leave in three days. My team had a trial run last night in a team game at SBC, and we came in fourth out of five teams, which is bad, but only because we got blitzed in one round. We won two rounds in very close matches and lost one in a close match.

But the bridge tournament is just a small part of the deal. What I'm really looking forward to is my travels in Nova Scotia. I've been trying to figure out how to do everything I want to do. There's just not enough time to do it all; I know I'm going to have to make some tough decisions and maybe cut out some things I really want to do. But I have to concentrate on enjoying what I do get to see and not worry about what I miss.

It feels like I have a lot to do between now and the time I leave, but here I am relaxing at the Monkeygrind, as usual on Sunday morning. Tonight I'm going out with my friends Cathy and Scott. I must get my house cleaned up, because I do not want to come home from vacation to a messy house. I have one more load of laundry to do, too. But yesterday I bought Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and I started reading it, and now I just want to read it and finish it before I leave, because it's too big to bring with me. I don't think there's any way to read it all in two days (unless I take two days off from work, and that's not going to happen!) so I should just put it down and save it til I get back from my trip.

I bought two other books to read in airports and airplanes and during the lulls in my whirlwind tour of Maine and the Maritimes: Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, and The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith. Combined, they will take up less room in my luggage than the Harry Potter book.

I'm hoping I can figure out how to pack for this trip without checking any luggage. It's a tall order, since I'm taking my laptop with me, plus my CPAP machine, my camera, binoculars, books, clothes....

The other thing I want to do before I go is call/email to confirm all my reservations. I would hate to get somewhere only to find out my reservation got cancelled. Especially the car rental and the ferry from Yarmouth to Bar Harbor.

I doubt I'll blog while I'm gone, but I will be posting photos and e-postcards at, so the one reader of this blog can look there for updates on my trip.

Bon voyage to me!


  1. let me begin by saying that I cannot believe you actually bought a harry Potter book before it came out in paperback! I'm on page 350. It's hard to find time to read a camp, but I am hoping to finish before one of the 150 or so people reading it a camp spills the beans about the ending.

    I hope you like #1 Ladies detective Agency! Those are some of my favorites, not for the actual mysteries, but for the beautiful portrait they paint of Botswana.

    Should I take your computer trouble to meant that you don't recommend Toshiba? So far everyone I've talked to who has a Toshiba laptop does not recommend them. I'm looking at HPs. Any thoughts?

  2. p.s. Can I post a link to your blog on my blog?


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