If you are wondering, no I am not upset in the visual representation to the left. Far from it. Actually I am rather pleased with what happened this past weekend on two accounts, although to be honest one part of this really through me out of my routine.
On Saturday evening, I got a request from one of the neighbors to fix a laptop. Right up my alley, so why not? Besides how difficult can fixing a Dell Inspiron 1000 be? Oddly enough, my thinking along those lines did jinx things. What would be under ‘normal’ circumstances would be a job which would take about an hour, 90 minutes at the worst ended up taking close to 7 hours. Yes …you read that right….7. Why??? Well a lot of this had to do with the fact that the drivers for the system were misslabled. Not by the former user, mind you…but by Dell. I know a few of you may be saying ‘Perish the thought, the deuce you say’…something like that could never happen’. Well yes it did. On top of which, Dell does not really provide the drivers for a download on their site anymore, let alone dealing with the site for the manufacturer of the parts in question did not help the situation in the least either. [And to think, I was missing ‘DaVinci’s Inquest’ for this, but that is being a little mean…and I am digressing].
Somewhere about 1 or 2am Sunday morning….I was able to find the correct drivers [if it were not for a bunch of CDRw’s this would have been even stranger], install them and boom boom…on went the lights. Two thirds of the issues were completed….the last one needing work was a wireless connection. Odd…a lot of people fail to understand that just because there is a mention that this can go wireless, does not mean that the card is built in. Yes, it means that it is an add on, which these days can either be found through a local co-op [here in Portland it would be FreeGeek, but every major city has something similar to this] or through a place like Best Buy, Target or online through Ebay for about 10 bucks, less shipping. In any event, it was fixed…and just in time, considering that both of the cats were giving me the look. Not the one about ‘get the letter out to **** NOW’ look but the one about ‘mom you need to get some rest because it is that time and the birds are awake’ [the birds by the way are lucky TheRoyalBadnesses are indoor cats].
When I did wake up later on…and the sun was warm but hidden by clouds….I decided to do another little photo update of the diet. Here is the good news…the muffin top is gone. Yes, out of here, done, finito. It is not a perfect diet, far from it and yes I am using a supplement which has green tea, as well as acai berries….the main catalysts are a change in the eating times and what is eaten. Fruit, veggies, poultry, fish…meat on occassion. With the exception of what I did the day after the Super Bowl….very very little splurging if any. Heck, I have not used the speed dial number for Pizza Hut in AGES so they are nowhere even in the plan. So I am on target for dropping a significant amount by the time of the next visit with my cardio and others.
By the by something else has been pondered here during all of this and it is something I do mention to my crush more often than not. Which is to follow one’s own path and not to fall into what could either be considered a sterotypical path for those who are going through what we do. As ugly as the next sentence may be for some to read, if we were to follow along with what some folks out there see as, well let’s say being female…many folks would be playing down their skills, be considered subservient or at its worst….disposable toys for the amusement of others. If one thinks that is a little bit on the side of hyperbole, drop in on some chat sites or online groups and you will see what is meant. [Besides, I do not know of many folks who want to grow up to be the human embodiment of the initials of the ‘South Lake Union Trolley’]. By the by if the community ‘rules’, such as they are…were applied to females in full then for example…the women who ran Ebay or currently are in manangement positions with the Los Angeles Dodgers or Cincinnatti Bengals would not be where they are. Or be the governors of Michigan, South Carolina, New Mexico or the prime minister of Germany…among others. [I was not going to mention one particular entertainment mogul in this due to the fact that down through the years, even she has helped to contribute to a rather vanilla view of how the community works, as though those who are of color as she is does not exist. But that would be rather jaundiced to say here].
Anyhow, that is the news and weather for now. So as has been said before…..from the land of the colortini….enjoy the words as the pics fly through the air.