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the power of suggestion

just like every day, i checked my phone for the temperature outside before taking ivan out for his morning stroll.  it said 64 degrees. the sun was pouring in my windows.  64 & sunny . . . . it’s going to be a great day!

completely under dressed for the actual 46 degree temp outside, i arrived home a bit chilly and totally confused.  i checked my phone again.  64 degrees.  at first i wondered if my phone had picked up on the industrial strength warm weather thoughts i had been having for so long and was just trying to make me happy.

64 degree phone

then i noticed that the time under the weather was displayed as 7:31 pm, rather than am,  and i chalked the whole thing up to the power of my electronic disorder.


“The use of the will as the projector of mentative currents is the real base of all mental magic.”
~ William Walker Atkinson


de-magnatize me, please

the mac computer that my friend gave me just about a year ago when my 2 year old – $1600 computer died, has just about completed it’s life in this world. although i’m not a doctor,  i would give it another 2 weeks to live.

i do have a notebook with very little memory and storage capacity for use in emergencies, and at least it gets me online – except when it doesn’t.  in this case, it’s the service, not the notebook which is the problem.  my connection speed is so unbearably slow it actually hurts my brain to check my e-mail.  i called time warner cable on monday to remedy the situation.  after all of the usual button pushing, confirming the nature of the problem (to assure i would be directed to the right department), my account number, phone number, name, address and health history, a woman got on the line and made me verbally repeat same. she then proceeded to tell me she would transfer me to the right department.

it came as no surprise that i was put on hold for 9 minutes, being that the right department had to be located somewhere in the himalayas.  when the man with a heavy indian accent answered the phone, he asked me to repeat all of the information i had already twice offered.  i was expecting this and therefore able to keep my blood pressure at bay – that is until i understood that  my  accent was too heavy for him to comprehend my words correctly.  eventually he preformed a speed test ( on my connection  to make sure it met the minimum speed of 30.  the results came in at 17.   after a total of 30 minutes on the phone with time warner cable, he informed me i had a problem.  he then offered to set an appointment for a tech to come to my place on saturday.  that was on monday.  it is now friday and my connection speed is 11.

my phone, generously given to me by another friend when my last iphone died may, or may not, be ok.   i think it’s the service, not actually the phone, that makes it unbearable to have a conversation.  the  crackling and “underwater” sound effects almost always cause the conversation to be cut short, as it’s just too painful.

although i do not have cable tv, i used to get channels 2 – 12.  recently, they mysteriously vanished – along with my camera battery charger.  this was within days of the death of my ipod.

i am sure that i am somehow magnetized and electromagnetic frequencies are unable to perform in my presence.  today i will use the computer at the public library to investigate if there is some kind of exorcism for  this condition.

(more on this condition here)


“Dear, eyelashes, wishbones, dandelions, pennies, shooting stars, 11:11, and birthday candles,  DO YOUR JOB.”
 ~  unknown

very cool

i just found a very cool site and want to share :

The 101 Most Useful Websites of 2012 

and . . .

a collection of evergreen how-guides and detailed tutorials to help you do more with software tools that you use daily.

many thanks to  for this great info!

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“Just as there is a trend toward high tech today, there is another trend toward high touch – homemade and wholesome.”
 ~ Meryl Gardner


when i was little we had 2 phones in the house.  one in the kitchen, attached to the wall with a really long cord and another in the family room with a not so long cord.  you could walk around the whole kitchen while talking on the phone but mostly people just sat in the chair closest to the phone wall.  in the family room we sat in the chair which was right next to the phone.  my parents eventually put a phone in their bedroom and an additional one in the basement in dad’s office.  by the time we were teenagers we had phones all over the house as phones were added to each of the 5 bedrooms.  there were no ‘answering machines’ so you never knew when you missed a call.  it also meant as a kid, you could get in a lot of trouble for staying on the phone too long because someone else may be expecting a call. You could get in even more trouble for forgetting to relay a message.   there was no call waiting so the phrase “beeping in” did not exist.

i remember in college we had one phone in our dorm room that we rented from the phone company and shared with 3 people.  getting together the money for a deposit was a big deal and if you wanted a specific color or sleek style, it cost extra.  we would have to return the phone to the phone company at the end of each semester.  3 people shared the phone in our dorm room and of course we would have to talk in front of whoever was in the room at the time because the phone was attached to a short cord. long cords may have cost extra too – i don’t recall – but given our dorm room dimensions,  it would hardly be worth the investment.

last night i called my brother  thomas.  he was perusing the smith & hawkin liquidation sale but was able to answer the phone while he was shopping.  about 20 minutes later he asked me to hold on for a moment while he placed his take-out order in a chinese restaurant.  he then drove home, and at some point during our conversation he ate his dinner.  he walked the dog through his neighborhood in westfield, checked something i wanted him to see on the computer in the den and the ended up sitting comfortably in his favorite chair in his living room all set to watch some reader’s digest special on tv.   he probably could have just watched the program on his iphone . . . .