Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Cookie

When I was young, one Sunday a month, we’d spend the evening with my Mom’s side of the family.  We’d play games and eat dinner and celebrate the birthday of anyone who was having one in that month.  We always looked forward to this when it was our birthday month, obviously because it’s always nice to get presents. One present in particular was the favorite.  My aunt Connie would make a giant heart shaped frosted sugar cookie with a  dollar bill lovingly tucked under the corner.  Not only was this awesome because it was something that you got for yourself, but because it was something your siblings did not.

When I was 18, I got back from a camping trip with my friends, and the first thing anyone in my family says to me, it was my brother Lance, he walks up to me and says, “Just so you’re aware, aunt Connie died this morning.” Whoosh, and holy crap.  Her death hit me harder than any I’d experienced up ‘till that time and since. It was one of the few times in my life that I’ve just wanted to seriously bury my head in the sand and cry.

Since then, much time has passed and you start to forget all the great things about the people in this life that you’ve lost. But one memory that always stands strong in all my immediate family and cousins, is that cookie.

Tomorrow is my Son’s 4th birthday.  This afternoon, my sister brought my son a present. It was a large heart shaped frosted sugar cookie with a dollar bill lovingly tucked under the corner. I almost cried.  My son, not much a fan of any food other than sugar, was so excited.  When he sat to eat some he said, “I need a fork.” We gave him his fork, and he proceeded to eat all of the frosting off the top, on cloud nine with this super cookie all his own.

I don’t know if my sister will continue with this, frankly I don’t really care, but I know that cookie meant more to me then  my son and my sister will ever know.  Just to bring back the memories, right now brings tears to my eyes.  Love you Aunt Connie.  Miss you, can’t wait to see you again someday, but not too soon.


This is my son’s cookie after he scraped the frosting.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Free iPads for everybody. Ok just me

We had a contest at work and the winner received a free iPad. Guess who won. That's right, it was me. I just downloaded an app for updating my blog from the iPad so this post is really just an excuse to try it out. So far, here are my thoughts on the iPad. It's a very expensive toy. Don't get me wrong, it's super cool, I just don't think it's $500 cool. To quote Apple "A magical and revolutionary product at an unbelievable price." They are correct, I have a really hard time believing that it costs as much as it does. Here are the things I like about it:
1. it's size. For me, it's the perfect blend of big and small. It's large enough to not be annoying to watch movies on, yet thin enough and light enough to fit in the most crowded bag.
2. The touch screen. The screen on this is super sensitive and it supports multitouch for up to 10 fingers, which may not be good enough for this kid but for most individuals, it should be just fine.

To be continued...

Friday, January 22, 2010

Dell Finally Resolved

Well apparently there is at least one person in this world who reads my blog and wants to know how the Dell experience ended, so here’s the end of the story.

When we last left the story, I was installing Vista so I could prove to the morons over at Dell that this was a hardware issue and not a driver problem.

So I reinstall Vista and low and behold and holy crap, the problem is still there.  Was I surprised, no, annoyed, yes!  Back to Support I go.  Once again I have to sit through the “technician’s” diagnostic checklist that I already know will yield no results other than waste more of my precious time.  He does everything, even update my bios, and once again, it doesn’t help.  So he gets his supervisor who tells me, “Well, we can do one of two things…either you can send it back again, or we can build you a completely new system, and when you receive it, you send the faulty one back.”  Bet you can’t figure out which I chose to do.  The latter of freaking course.

This actually worked out ok for me, since I had originally bought the laptop from their refurbish site, and now I was going to get a totally new one.  So I got the new laptop, and it even came with a step up processor.  So now I’m happy.  I also was able to find a bluetooth card for it on ebay for $13.  Can’t beat that. 

Ok, so about 2 months and a lot of wasted time later, I have what I wanted and a little more.  I can’t really fault the company Dell for my issues, but their support and apparently their repair department need some major overhaulin’.  Once I was able to show them that it really was their issue, they were very helpful.  And 2 of the 5 or 6 people I talked to actually seemed knowledgeable.  So they weren’t all morons.  But it really was a pain, and will definitely make me think twice before purchasing again from them.