I headed out to run an errand at lunch time. As I got out of my car and headed to the store, I spotted a gentleman getting out of his white sprinter van. He had jeans and jean jacket on, a black knit hat, and a long fluffy white beard.
I chuckled to myself, who knew Santa drove a Sprinter Van?
We hit the door to the store at about the same time. I smiled and gave him a cheery hello. Then I asked "do you get a lot of second looks from little kids this time of year?"
I swear I used my best, cheerful, friendly, making small talk with strangers voice.
He never stopped moving, never made eye contact.
And as he walked he said (and I quote, so please don't be offended) "yea that happens about as often as fat black women get mistaken for Aunt Jemima."
That's what he said.
I was so stunned I mumbled something like....."I like your beard, I didn't mean to offend."
And I am only slightlyembarrassed to admit. I instantly got a lump in my throat, and had to fight back the tears.........I don't know why it hurt my feelings so bad, but it did..........
So there you go. Anyone looking for the Grinch............he's wandering around south Broadway in Denver...........in a white Sprinter Van.
My reasons for doing so.................. are lame and not worthwhile.
I could easily say that I have been busy with holiday preparations and shopping.
The truth is less noble, and a true indication of my obsessiveness.
The truth is, I have been neglecting my blog while I hang out with my new IPod.
An early Christmas present, my Shiny new Silver 120GB IPod Classic has been obsessing me and keeping me up late at night.I resisted the IPod craze for as long as possible. But as a music lover, obsessed with having the right music for the right moment............well I got tired of dragging out my enormous CD binder and flipping through it to find "just the right CD".
After a YEAR or so of online and other research, I decided on the the IPod Classic, 120GB so I could upload ALL my CD's with room to grow..........
However, no one warned me (thanks, guys at work) about the "IPod Download Syndrome" where One becomes obsessed with downloading (uploading?) all One's current CD's. Oh.... and that process is not good enough.....One must download the album artwork. And if ITunes doesn't have it, then One must roam around on Amazon or elsewhere, to find the album artwork, copy the picture, and then drag it over to the little box ITunes provides for such things.
One becomes obsessed with creating playlists, apparently, my new hobby. This is the new version of the old process of loading 6 CD's into your six-pack CD player and hitting "random play".
THEN, creating playlists is not good enough for my obsessive self. I must mull and wax eloquent when naming my playlists. My current listing, in random order: Class of 77, Crooners, Harry, Like Butter, Relax, and Tequila.
Why can't I be normal?
Just to add final insult to injury, ITunes and IPods now have the "Genius" program, whereby you let Apple in on what is on your list, tell them a favorite song, and then THEY create a playlistfor you based on that song.
This function will no doubt lead to hours of critiquing Apple's prowess.
So there you go.................all you regular readers, who wonder where I've been.
But so far the stats are............1709 songs, 161 albums, 4.9 days, and 39.94GB of music.
Last week, during my days off, I experienced my first Windows Vista "issue". Woke up to find my laptop wouldn't boot.
Spent an hour or so talking to "Ronald" from Manila. We set a restore point and all was well.
Next day, same thing...........no booting to be found. Long story short..............learned a good lesson about backing up my photos............and had to do a factory restart. Finally by Friday night we were back in business...........
Then the Internet went down. Out all weekend. Comcast restarted us over and over to no available. They told me the modem was toast. We set up an appointment to have them show up and replace the modem tomorrow. But when I got home tonight we are up and running.
It's like magic.
We will not be holding our breath. MAYBE we are back in business. We shall see.