Yep, I’ve got issues, but I am not one to bore folks reading my blog. What’s that you say, my blog has bored you many times! See, I have issues. Here are some of my latest…just for sharing.
Apple Cares – this is a support service I paid big bucks for when I purchased my extra expensive iMac with the huge fancy high-rez screen. I spent almost two hours on the phone with Apple Cares last week and talked to three different levels of “apple experts.” Each attempted to upgrade my computer. Each failed…and upgrading my computer wasn’t even the reason why I called for support in the first place. My computer remains working at the lower-level system it was when I first called. I may try again to see if they can achieve the goal, but I need time to “rest.” I did, however, resolve the original problem for which I called, no thanks to them.
Egads, I almost forgot…another big headache right now is that one of my e-mail addresses is down, the one I use on my iMac. I tried dealing with the online support system but it is computerized and keeps repeating the same responses to my questions. These responses all have failed to fix the problem. And, get this, they have no real live human being in the support department whom you can call and talk to. I may have to abandon this particular e-mail address and that would suck because I really like it.
My phone. The ultra-state-of-the-art cell phone I bought a few months ago is a piece of….. And stupid me allowed the jerk at Verizon to talk me into it saying it would heal all the issues I was having with my iPhone. This new beast is the Pixel 2. It never shows the same screen twice. What comes up is always a surprise and half the time I have to google someone to help me do the simplest things, like delete all my old messages—all at one time. Tonight I got a call from a friend who kept getting “failure” messages while she attempted to text me. The “do not disturb” function probably turned itself on again…something it does all the time. My guess is the phone, not me, doesn’t wish to be disturbed.
More computer issues. I think the video card in my PC is dying. The screen keeps going black and the only way to rev things up again is to reboot. I pulled the card out and tapped on it a couple times, had a Priest bless it and splash it with Holy Water but none of those things helped. Not to worry, nothing thing fell off. So I looked into getting a replacement card on the internet and a new one is well over a hundred bucks. I got a used one for $42 from an amazon third party seller and I will hope to get a few years out of it. Fast forward two days from when I wrote the sentence before this one and I discover this order has been canceled. I have no idea why, unless they sold the last one….now I have to track down another one. My PC is eight years old and constantly in use so I really should not complain that it is beginning to show its age.
Money. This was the most financially challenging month I’ve ever had. If you want to borrow a buck to buy a cup of coffee, don’t ask me–I’m tapped out. I got all those humungus bills many of us all have to deal with–they’re the big ones that come only once or twice a year. This time they all arrived with a due date by the end of the month. I was blessed with bills for life insurance, home owners insurance, the quarterly homeowners’ association fee, the renewal of my automobile insurance policy, renewal of our car’s registration added to all the usual bills like mortgage and medical and utilities, etc etc. Why did this happen. They all found out I got a refund from the IRS. Don’t ask me how they know if and when I get a refund, but somehow they always know….and then the bastards line up for their share. What’s left for me?….yeah that.
My Backache. Last July, Dr. God, the name I blessed him with, put me to sleep and stuck me in the spine with some needles to end the outrageous pain I was having in the left side of my back just about 24/7 for several months. Bam! It went away by the time they rolled me out of the O.R. Two other doctors had failed to even dull it. So imagine how upset I was when the same problem showed up a few months ago, this time on the right side. But, hey, I got Dr. God who can fix it. To my surprise, my optimistic bubble was broken when he once again knocked me out and stabbed me a few times. This time it didn’t work….neither did the second attempt two weeks ago. So this morning it was the third try (the charm?) but this time he did a different, more radical procedure. So far today I have been painfree and he has retained his Dr. God ranking…but I will have to wait a few days to make sure….the past 3-4 months have been tough standing so I savor even an hour of relief.
My appetite. I can’t seem to curb it and thereby lose some inches from my ever-expanding stomach. This has been an ongoing issue for a few years now. Before that I never had to worry about my weight. I was a steady 155 year after year. I am disciplined about eating throughout most of the day, but like a vampire, once the sun goes down, I begin craving anything in the house that is edible. I can’t say no! The only thing I can do to contain the problem is not to buy anything I like when I go to the supermarket. If it’s not in the house, I won’t eat it. I may, however, eventually eat the house.
Okay, I probably could come up with a few more things to gripe about, but even I have a limit. Meanwhile, if you want to escape your woes I find music is just the vehicle to drive your head into a more peaceful environment. Today I discovered a version of an old blues song I’ve never heard. The song is St. James Infirmary. If you want to escape for seven minutes, give this a shot…and wait ’til you see who performs this number. Yeah, it’s Hugh Laurie of TV’s Dr. House fame. I never knew he was a first-class musician. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzEBH6DZJVk
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