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Old 03-13-2020, 12:05 PM   #11
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Took out garbage, recycling. Had groceries delivered. Emailed doc about med refills re covid.
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I'm feeling like a newbe here.. I guess because I am a newbe. I'm off to do some editing.
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Hi steppers,

Facing a medium hard step currently as my 9 year old MacBook Air is beginning to show signs of imminent failure. My 'e' and 'o' keys have taken to only working when they feel like it. If it were the Q key or even the Z key I mightn't mind as much.

So today, I'm trying out using my Mac keyboard. So far, I'm loving it. Don't have to distract with worrying about typing e or o.

Here's the deal, sandwiched between 2015 and 2019-2020, Apple changed their laptop keyboards. They tried a 'butterfly' design after long use of a 'scissor' design. The newer idea needed less space so they could make the machines thinner. Customer response, not so great, and beginning last fall Apple switched back to the scissor design.

So for maybe $1500 or $1600 I can wait to get the latest, greatest 2020. OR, for less that $1000 I can get a 2015 model both with the classic keyboard. As I see I wear out keys, the keyboard is important. Crucial now is the ability to keep up with OS changes, and 2015 models have that capacity.

So, writing this out has helped. I'll look for vintage refurbished 2015 models for under $1000 with a warranty. Make a little tracking/comparison table, and see what shakes free.

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Worked up a sweat on the Cubie last night. Its not actually a cubie, its a wonder core, which is more like a mini tiny um maybe stepper. It doesnt go around, it just goes down and up at an angle. Anyway, if you are out of shape, you can gain some fitness from it. Its a (re)start, again. This thread is helping.
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unaluna, very thrilled our corner of psychcentral seems to be helping. Keep cubing. [Is that something Picasso would say?]

Whoosh! Time gone. Have some serious writing to do the next 14 days on a grant due 3/30.

And I'm working away on mulitfamily earthquake property insurance. To compete with our current policy which is draining our budget dry.

Plus, the daily anxieties about the c-virus. I dared a look at my IRA share price. Down 25%.

Had a meal out tonight, to support the local eateries. Now the Gov'nor closes them all after 12:01 AM Tuesday.

Paradoxcially, I know I need to get to bed earlier and set clear brackets for my "office hours" to get through this stretch.

Done it before, will do again.
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"Office hours" today roughly 8:40 am to 5 pm.
  1. Zoom call
  2. Property insurance
  3. grant research and writing
  4. connect with assistant to see if she has time
  5. random acts of research
  6. moments to breathe
  7. monitor updates of c-virus
  8. stay positive enough
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i wish I had something really exciting to post here. I keep wanting to make up a good story (Yes, I'd admit it was fiction). You'd think, as a writer, I'd be able to come up with something good.. Alas . . Maybe with the net post.

One thing about fiction - in the good stories, the exciting stories, bad things happen to good people. A story about people being happy just isn't very interesting. Maybe I'll try to write a happy intersting story as a challenge. maybe. Maybe. Big talk. but I could do it. I have the time.
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Hi steppers,

Back here after a few days with my focus on getting a good enough draft of this grant thing done. Well, did it and shipped it to our consulting coach for her looksee. Even then, spent nearly 2 hours over about 50 words this morning. Getting them right. As Mark Twain said, the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

Or like that quote attributed to lots of people: worked hard all day—spent the morning putting in a comma, and the afternoon taking it out again. Mark Twain? Flaubert? Oscar Wilde? The winner is: Oscar Wilde!

One of my distractions is reading books about writing. Right now it's The Way of the Writer by Charles Johnson. In one essay he speaks to the important of creating good exits from scenes in novels. This idea proved very handy as it helped me sharpen the close of the answer I worked up this morning.

Also, in the depth of this amazing turn of society due to the c-virus, I stepped up and bought my next computer so I can get it set up before the one I'm working on decided to give up the ghost with a logic (mother) board failure.

Going with a Macofalltrades early 2015 MacBook Pro 13 inch, with 16 GB RAM, 420 GB storage, 3.1 Ghz Intel Core i7, and 1 year warranty. $1100. I barely understand what difference the i7 makes over the i5, or 3.1 Ghz makes to 2.9 Ghz, still higher is better and to step up just added $100. The other model had just 8 GB RAM, so getting 16 is great on its own.

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Have an annoying pattern. Style myself relaxing, yet when I get home I had to face a couple of bills, then I learn someone didn't consult their calendar when agreeing to a meeting on Tuesday that will take precious time to reorganize. Then the real trajectory of this c-virus thing getting more surreal by the hour ... and I developed a serious case of the cranks.

This relax to cranky pattern is very frequent. Not sure how to kick it. Would rather come back from relax with "whatever" as my attitude. Instead I feel like all these things are hornets disturbing my peace.

Whew. A Rant. A shake.

It's always darkest before the dawn.

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