Why can’t surprises be pleasant?…

Why can’t surprises be like, “Congratulations, you’ve just won a million bucks’?

I suppose they are for some people, but not for me.

I returned to the room after breakfast yesterday morning, ready to start my day on the computer, but when I tried to turn it on … NOTHING. It had worked perfectly the night before, but now it wouldn’t even turn on let alone boot up.

To add to my woes, this was my main computer with all the updated programs on it – one, I had bought just four days before. I have backups of some of them, but the difficulty is that they are in Canada.

Fortunately, most of my files are in cloud storage, including – thank goodness – my bookkeeping files for 2016 income tax purposes.

Unfortunately, I am going to have to replace some of them – the ones I need now (like my Adobe Photoshop) for Christmas ads. It retails for $119 USD, which is about $140 CAD.

Meanwhile, my Surface Pro (the one that I had given up on a year ago) is filling the gap.

More next time.

December 4th, already!

It is amazing how fast the time is flying by, and soon it will be Christmas.

As cynical as I may be at times, I still have a soft spot in my heart for Christmas. It is that bright spot in an otherwise dark, winter season, that is brightened by candles and touches of colour to gladden the senses.

Mind you, I like the idea of going to Christmas dinner in my shirtsleeves, and white Christmases are best viewed on greeting cards.

After a couple of days of cool (60s) weather, we have bounced back up to 74 in brilliant sunshine. I’m wearing a light jacket, not because it’s cool, but because everyone has the AC cranked to ‘refrigerator’ levels.

The Waffle House has a regular gale blowing most of the time. Of course, for guys and gals working on the grill and serving it’s quite comfortable. For the rest of us, however, we are practically cleaning the frost off our glasses!

So there is always one fly in the ointment no matter where you go. The hotel restaurant is comfortable enough, but the young staff have the music cranked to ear-splitting levels. Fortunately, they all know enough to turn it down when I arrive.

I have assembled a few facts about the Area of Georgia I am in. For example, John F. Kennedy Jr. stayed in the immediate vicinity on his way to marry on Cumberland Island.

Hope you enjoy them.

Georgia Facts and Trivia

  1. Okefenokee Swamp encompasses over 400,000 acres of canals; moss draped cypress trees, and lily pad prairies providing sanctuaries for hundreds of species of birds and wildlife including several endangered species.
  2. Cumberland Island National Seashore contains the ruins of Dungeness, the once magnificent Carnegie estate. In addition, wild horses graze among wind swept dunes.
  3. The late John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his future wife stopped in Kingsland on the way to their marriage on Cumberland Island.
  4. Historic Saint Marys Georgia is the second oldest city in the nation.
  5. The City of Savanna was the first steamship to cross the Atlantic.It sailed from Georgia.
  6. Ways Station was renamed Richmond Hill on May 1, 1941, taking the name of automaker Henry Ford’s winter estate.
  7. The pirate Edward “Blackbeard” Teach made a home on Blackbeard Island. The United States Congress designated the Blackbeard Island Wilderness Area in 1975 and it now has a total of 3,000 acres.
  8. On January 19, 1861, Georgia joined the Confederacy.
  9. The official state fish is the largemouth bass.
  10. In Gainesville, the Chicken Capital of the World it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork.

 

 

My, how time flies…

As of today, I have been in the south four weeks. It doesn’t seem that long, but I’m sure if I had to cope with ice and snow it would seem longer.

It is cooler today (63/43), but beautiful sunshine. Sunshine is definitely the captive of the south, for a day hardly passes without some. I have a sheltered spot on the south side of the hotel where I go to sit. It is warm and peaceful, and very good for working out plot lines.

My room faces more-or-less east, so I only get the the direct rays in the late afternoon.

Not far away is the King’s Bay Naval Submarine Base. It is a strategic base servicing the Atlantic Fleet, so there is quite a bit of activity. I haven’t seen it, personally, but I may find a reason to go in that direction before I leave.

Submarine hangars, for Ohio class submarines.
Submarine hangars, for Ohio class submarines.

 

 Sailors assigned to the guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) practice skills controlling the boat.
Sailors assigned to the guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) practice skills controlling the boat.