A FROSTY MORNING AWHILE BACK
The morning dawned cloudy but at least we remained above freezing through the night & anything above freezing is a bonus. The day later turned into one of the finest days we've had here in the Sulphur Springs Valley for quite awhile. Sunny & warm:))
ON THE CHARLESTON ROAD FROM TOMBSTONE TO SIERRA VISTA WITH THE SNOWY TOPPED HUACHUCA MOUNTAINS ON THE HORIZON
This morning our laptop computer presented us with a blue screen. Not good!!!! We bought our current Toshiba laptop back in September of 2006 from a Future Shop store in London, Ontario. Despite me dropping the computer on the kitchen floor less than 48 hours after we brought it home our Toshiba has performed flawlessly for most of the past three & a half years. In the past 3 months it has occasionally seized up, etc. Lately it has refused to shut down a few times, seized more often & this morning it presented us with a blue screen saying, 'Checking file systems.' We managed to work through that but other problems occurred. Kelly read up on the start up blue screen malfunction & it said the problem could be the beginning of a deteriorating hard drive. For awhile now we felt our computer was becoming a bit unstable & last fall we had talked about some of the computer problems & done a bit of research on new laptops just in case. After the blue screen this morning we decided it was time to make a decision. Could we afford another laptop.......'of course not!!' Could we afford to take a chance on losing our stuff......an even bigger 'of course not!!' Do we have things backed up......yes & no. We do have an external hard drive with a lot of stuff backed up but we felt this was as good a time as any to move into Microsoft's new operating system.....Windows 7. I have a huge load of high resolution photographs so felt it was time we had a more stable platform with greater power & much bigger memory capabilities.
A FEW QUICK PICS WHILE ROLLING THROUGH TOMBSTONE ON THE WAY TO SIERRA VISTA THIS MORNING
Kelly had previously done a lot of research on many brands of laptops & read all the reviews. Because of our trouble free Toshiba plus the fact that they are reportedly better built laptops than many of their competitors we decided to stay with Toshiba. After comparing our needs to what the various models were offering we decided on a Toshiba Satellite A 505 S6005 We also paid a bit extra to have it optimized which means the Geek Squad at Best Buy had already removed all the junk stuff that comes with new computers. The recovery discs are already done & all that has probably saved us about 4 hours of trying to un-install all the junk ourselves. The computer comes out of the box 'clean' & that was well worth the extra $60 to have that mess taken care of!! Laurie from SEMI TRUE TALES recently purchased basically the same computer. Laurie is a pretty smart gal & we knew she had done her research as well so felt comfortable knowing she also felt the Toshiba Satellite was a good buy.
IN SIERRA VISTA’S BEST BUY LOOKING OVER THE COMPUTERS
We have the computer home but not out of the box yet so am looking forward to having a look at this new Windows 7 everybody is talking about. We will copy & transfer all our important stuff from this computer to the new one & that will give us a complete back up operating system. Probably will continue using this one as long as it remains stable & so far today it has been running fine again.
WHAT A COUPLE OF BUMS
From Best Buy in Sierra Vista this afternoon it was over to 'Jack-in-the-Box' for a production line burger. Ho-hum!! Next was Lowes for a few things, Wal-Mart for some motor oil, & Fry's for groceries. By the time we got to Frys my patience was totally fried so I stayed in the car to guard our new laptop:)) Sierra Vista is a nice city & if I was forced (and I would have to be forced) to live in a city I think this one would be as good as any. Located right at the foot of the scenic Huachuca mountain range this place has all the amenities plus it's picturesque location is only minutes away from mountain or desert wilderness. It's a small city with an even smaller local town feel. As I sat in the parking lot outside Frys I could look up at the looming mountains only a few miles away & see the warming sun glinting off the snowy slopes. Reminded me of years ago when I did some downhill skiing & how beautiful the snow looked on the tree lined hills. Today reminded me of the last time I swooshed my way down a long & fast hill on a fine sunny & warm spring day west of Toronto Ontario. Yep, I think this Sierra Vista town is just about as good a place to be as any.
Motty & Patti are heading for El Paso in the morning so I hope we’ll see them again out here somewhere on the highways & bi-ways of the wild & wooly west. Ok, see ya later guys:))
We made some more progress on our new Delorme GPS unit today, or I guess I should say Kelly has. We took it along to Sierra Vista this morning & Kelly was able to do some reading in the GPS manual & figure a few more things out. We're slowly getting there. I tried making a phone call with it this morning & was having a great conversation with something until Kelly told me it wasn't a cell phone & could not be used as one!! Oh well, like I said.......I'm not the brightest crayon in the package:))
“HELLO HELLO”…… CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW??
Well, I'm gonna wind this up, go get a crowbar & see if I can pry that new computer out of it's box & see if I can find the 'Start' button. Maybe I can even tune in an old frumpy Star Trek episode or something. Or was that on television years ago. Oh well, here I go, wish me luck........................:))
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Old age is when former classmates are so gray, wrinkled, and bald, they don't recognize you anymore.
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