Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Blogging Vacation

I will be out of town and away from blogging until the Tuesday after Memorial Day. I had thought I might post some concise yet flashy words of wisdom before heading out, but I spent much of the day dealing with my new computer. Some people might find this a joyful activity, but I am not one of those people.

My current computer—yes, the one that contains the whole manuscript of my BOOK—was purchased in, oh, 2000 or so, so basically it’s an antique. Seriously, I can’t even write on CDs. DVDs—fuggaboutit. Luckily, I discovered that yes, even in 2000 there were slots for zip drives, so that’s how I’ve been nervously transferring data. (Please don’t now tell me about the much easier way to achieve this transfer.)

I did have a magical moment of achievement when I plugged in my cable modem to the new computer and was cheerfully informed by some "wizard" that I needed some software…huh? “Cable guys” installed the modem in the first place. And yet…what’s in this untouched pile of crud they left behind? A CD that seemed to be the software that got me hooked up!

Yes, my old computer has a monitor the size of a mini-fridge.

Yes, I managed to buy a new computer with good old reliable XP instead of switching over to scary Vista.

No, I didn’t know that somehow Word has changed into some unrecognizable format that I’m sure is called “easier”...I just bet.

No, I will not miss the increasingly scary groaning and grinding my old computer has been making.

I’m still on the old computer for the moment…but next week I should make the full switch. Expect cursing.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.