Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Ho Ho

Well, it’s Christmas morning and millions are awakening to see what Santa brought them.

I’m likely, at this moment, frying up sausages and eggs and trying to restrain my daughter from digging in to her presents before we have breakfast.

Yeah, this is a blog written the day before.

Not much to say except,

Happy Holidays!

Now, go enjoy your family and friends!

Oh, and get out the board games!

Until next Sunday . . . which, incidentally, will be in 2012.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

tree up output down

As promised to our little one, not so little anymore, we put up the tree yesterday.

And despite my grumping the whole time (I am the "Grumpy-Daddy" after all - I have an image to uphold) it looks pretty darn good.

There is even some snow on the ground . . . Okay, more like a dusting with rain on the way tomorrow.

Sigh.

I kinda miss the Christmas Winter Wonderland I grew up in. It was usually about 20 or 30 degrees below Fahrenheit this time of year and there was at least a foot, if not more, of snow on the ground.

And I’m using Imperial measurements . . . yeah, I’m so old that when I went to school (uphill barefoot both ways) we learned the Imperial system. Metric crept in sometime during the later stages of my stay, but I mostly ignored it.

Anyhow, it looks like another green Christmas around here. Not as bad as the year I got the lawn mower out and mulched leaves Christmas day, but still. Cold and snow would be a nice touch.

And a weird thing is going on between Windows 7 and Wordperfect 11. Some kind of power struggle I think. Win 7 makes changes to my system, then Wordperfect 11 wants to change stuff back. Has to do with keyboard defaults or something.

Kind of annoying since Wordperfect is my word processor of choice. Why can’t these two programs just get along already . . . sheesh.

Or maybe a virus?

But I scanned the hell out of my computer - twice - and nothing was found. Of course the word processor is “old” and a 32 bit program while Win 7 is running 64 bit . . . and I know just enough to spew things like that without knowing why the two don’t play nice.

No cool videos to share this week either.

Or music . . . or short stories . . .

Yeah, the last half of this year has left me in a desert creation wise. I don’t think my music creation program even works with Win 7 64 bit. Not sure what I’m going to do on that front. Maybe I’ll have to invest in another more modern music creation program.

And as for the writing I’ve started two short stories . . . and, well, that’s about where I’ve left off.

Tennis though is screaming ahead. I play three or four times a week. Ooh, and my ribs are almost healed now. Just another week or two of pain killers when I hit the courts and then maybe I can play without them.

Well, not much more to relate this week. It’s been pretty quiet. And yes, I do have all my presents bought and wrapped. Go ahead, hate me.

Until next Sunday . . .

Sunday, December 11, 2011

so damn cool

Yes, I am easily amused as you will see later on when I post a couple of links.

Ooh! ooh! - this week I got an upgrade to my computer system which included an upgrade from XP to 7.

I was apprehensive at first, but now that I’ve had the system installed for a few days - I’m quite liking it - a lot. So many more cool things to play with that XP just never had. And I swear my computer is acting way more civil than it ever did before.

And, to put the icing on my computer cake I also scooped a 2 dollar 15 inch LCD monitor which is now the second monitor I have hooked into my new system. Yah, I got it at a yard sale, and it works perfectly.

How, I mean how, did I ever get along with only one computer monitor in the past?

Now, as hinted at in the opening, here are two little videos I found to be quite amusing.

The first here is Cello Star Wars.

Since both girls in our household play this instrument it was particularly amusing to me - and them. And yes, both of them WANT an electronic cello - and for only just over 3 grand they can each get one . . . or not!

I absolutely love what can be done with the electronic cello and if I had the means I would get each of them one. They sound just so damn cool!

The second bit of amusement is this little Sabrina and Salem video.

If you liked Sabrina the Teenage Witch at all you will like this little video.

So here it is. The Reunion of Salem and Sabrina.

Did I also mention that with high speed now I’m listening to internet radio . . . 80s music of course.

Um, yeah. I have this problem when it comes to music. I love all types of music, but for some reason I just LOVE the stuff produced in the 80s. I’m a product of my age I guess.

What I find really amusing is people born in the 80s can legally drink now . . .

Where the H did the time go?

And lastly I have to mention tennis, because what would a blog post from me be without that vital bit fo sharing?

I’m mostly recovered from my mishap, and will be playing today. I did a tennis aerobics yesterday and felt only slight twinges of pain. Nothing a few pain killers shouldn’t cure during today's doubles match.

Well, the clock on my second monitor (so cool!) is showing me that it’s time for me to bail.

Until next Sunday . . .

Sunday, December 04, 2011

this hurting unit

Yup, I’m not in great shape today for one very good reason.

It was not from drinking.

It was not from a virus.

It was from slipping on a taped line on the clay courts Friday night while going for a shot. I slid out of control and ending up tumbling ungracefully first onto my elbow and hip and them flopping like a landed fish hard onto my back.

It looks fun when you watch a professional tennis player lunge for a ball and tumble across the court only to bounce right back up and finish the match with aplomb . . .

Well I did get back up and finish off the match, but I knew that my body was going to pay for that little maneuver - and boy was I right.

I can’t help but spend several sentences griping about the stupid taped lines on the clay courts. This is not the first time I’ve slipped on them. They suck, have no grip whatsoever, and literally drive me nuts.

Yes, I was raised on hard courts where the lines were painted on just like the rest of the surface. Clay courts are my least favourite court surface, but I don’t really have much choice unless I want to drive another half an hour farther to get to them.

That would be 45 minutes one way - in the winter . . . no thanks.

Besides, I really like the club I’m in. Great people, great coaches, but slippery, dangerous lines . . .

I wish something could be done about the traction of the tape. I just can’t believe the professionals would put up with the type of taped lines we have.

So, I’m sitting here in pain today as a case in point.

Anyhow, griping session over.

The fact is I had to cancel playing doubles today because my hurting body is just not up to it. Maybe after a week of rest I will be healed enough to get back out and play my hard hitting aggressive game.

Old age, my friend, is a very sad state to be in physically. Still, mentally all is roses.

Oh, I did do well last Sunday coming in second on court one just in case you were following my progress.

Well, I’m off to pop some pain killers.

Until next Sunday . . .