April 10th, 2009

pirate ship

Good Friday

Crossing the Bar

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound or foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell;
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

-- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
humped zebra

The Nightmare Before Easter

I'm trying to get my taxes done today. The hardest part is the slow, steady handling of every receipt for the last year. Next hardest is finding all the right forms (the IRS kindly sends me everything I need except one stinking form -- every year).

But soon, it will all be over. The sun will shine again, bunnies will frolic on the grass with colored eggs, I may even have some money left over if Barry O'bama hasn't sucked it all out of circulation.
too old to cry

Got dem ol computer blues

I've been without a reliable printer for ten months now. When I need to print something, I e-mail to the church next door and print it out over there.

Well, I bought a new printer a week or ten days ago. I finally got around to installing it this evening. It wouldn't install without I upgraded my Windows 2000 with a new Service Pack. I downloaded that (which took forever), then hit "Finish" so that it would reboot my computer. Except it didn't. Reboot, that is. It hung up like an old tire in a tree after a flood.

collinsmom and I disconnected the computer from the barrel of snakes behind the desk and rushed it to Best Buy. The Geek Squad plugged it in, snapped it on, and -- it booted right up. Well, color me stupid.

Except when I tried that at home, it still hung up on me. Well, I figured that Easter Weekend is not the time to try to figure this out, so I fired up ol' Dadmachine (my older, wonky computer). It can read webpages okay, so I got on LJ, logged in, and tried to post. And promptly crashed the program. It'll read 'em, but it won't post to 'em.

Right now, I just want to take a sledgehammer to all of them -- computers, that is. (I'm over in the church office, posting this.)

EDIT: S'okay, I finally got the old boy to boot up. The internet connection is wonky, the new printer scares me, and everything is jury-rigged to the max, but it works. I think I'll take my income tax refund and buy me a new 'puter, though. I just can't make this thing work indefinitely.