Mailing a letter

I pull the chair up to my desk and prepare to write another letter. She likes to receive letters and I like to send them.

I choose an appropriate stationery and just the right pen; this time a nice Pelikan fountain pen with dark green ink. I write, slowly and deliberately. I want to say the right things. Also, my penmanship is terrible. But it’s mine. I’m careful to finish before reaching the bottom of the page, so there’s still room to sign it.

“Love, Jack” it says.

I fold the page carefully and insert it into a matching envelope. I write her address on the envelope, even more carefully, as I want the post office to get it right. I affix the perfect stamp; something cute, but not too cute. Satisfied, I seal the envelope and walk it to the end of the driveway. I put the letter into the mailbox, leaning it against the side, just so. And finally, I flip up the little flag so the mailman knows there’s something waiting.

I walk contentedly back to the house and smile. It’s on its way.

Katie, the One-Eyed Wonder Dog

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Katie turned 16 not that long ago. Recently her left eye came out of its socket and after 2 failed attempts to repair things she ended up having the eye removed (enucleation). It was pretty gruesome but she came through like a trooper and is now pretty much back to normal. She’s really hoping that annoying cone can come off after her checkup next week.

When the injury first happened I said that I would not be spending that much money on surgery for a 16-year old dog. That’s easy to say in theory. In real life it turns out I wasn’t about to put her down because her eye hurt. She’s tough and happy and I hope to have her around for just a while longer.


Now Playing: 38 Special – Wild-Eyed Southern Boys

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Inspired by the Tumblr blog My Husband’s Stupid Record Collection I thought I’d go through my albums one by one as well, but without writing nearly as much about each of them. My records are organized (loosely) alphabetically. So, starting from the top left, we have 38 Special.

I only had a brief infatuation with 38 Special, but this was the album that started it. I spent too much time trying to draw that cover (and never succeeded).

Favorite song: Wild-Eyed Southern Boys


Technology Failures this Weekend

People wonder why I like old, simple, manual, mostly analog devices and tools. This weekend served as a pretty good reminder of why I sometimes hate technology.

Bluetooth Headphones

I have a rather expensive pair of Bluetooth earbuds so I can listen to audio books while I ride my bike. I bought them so I could ride without worrying about tangled cables or the buds falling out. I charged them up (which is required before every ride because battery life is pretty bad) and drove to the bike trail. The headphones wouldn’t pair. They were paired yesterday, but suddenly nothing. I tried for 20 minutes and gave up.


After failing to pair my headphones, I noticed that the battery meter on the iPhone said 29% even though I’d charged it overnight and it was only 10:00am. I shrugged, fired up Runkeeper, killed all other apps, and took off for my ride. 20 minutes later the battery was dead. This happens pretty regularly and is maddening.


I wanted to try using the Remote app on the iPhone instead of Apple’s horrible aluminum remote. Somehow I ended up unable to control the AppleTV with either the phone or the remote. Required a reset and some time on Google to find a fix.


I’ve been using DEVONthink for years. One thing they still don’t have nailed is sync. There are all sorts of configurable sync options but I’ve not found one that works consistently. If I didn’t hate using Evernote I’d switch back to it just for its flawless sync. After an hour of fidgeting I’ve gotten things working again, but sheesh.


My iMac has been getting worse and worse. Very slow, very flakey. I’m almost positive it’s a hardware problem but Apple had it overnight and found nothing. A reboot takes up to 20 minutes before things are usable. Half the time only some of the startup items actually start. Time for something new I think.


Sonos on my phone wouldn’t connect to any of the speakers so I couldn’t control my music. I tried updating to the latest 5.1 version via the desktop app but after it downloads I get a message saying that there was a problem with the update and to “please try downloading the update again”. Maybe later.

I think may just put on a record and read a book.