Jan 212018
 

One of the many things we like about living here is that we are only about 25 miles from Cape Canaveral and we can watch the rocket launches from our yard or down at our private fishing pier.

A couple of nights ago they launched an Atlas 5 rocket carrying a missile-detecting satellite, and in spite of the fact that it was a very cold night, we went outside to see the fireball soaring into outer space. It’s always a thrill. Terry’s folks are going to be visiting us from Arizona for a week in February, and I was hoping there would be a launch while they were here, but as it turns out, there’s nothing on the schedule in that time period.

When I posted yesterday’s blog about Poker Alice, a wild woman from the Wild West, I forgot that even though she’s been gone a long time, we got to visit with her on a trip to the RV Museum in Elkhart, Indiana. Our buddy Al Hesselbart, former historian for the museum, reminded me that there is a statue of the old gambler sitting on a park bench there. Here are Poker Alice and Miss Terry having some girl time together.

While Terry was working her way through a backlog of paperwork yesterday, I had hoped to get some more work done on my new John Lee Quarrels book. But as it turned out, that didn’t happen.



My computer decided not to cooperate, running real slow, taking forever to open or close programs, and when I would type or dictate a line with the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, it would take anywhere from 5 to 20 seconds for that line to appear on the screen before I could go on to the next.

On the advice of my buddy Greg White, I run several software programs including AVG antivirus, CC Cleaner, Super Antivirus Spyware, and Malwarebytes on a regular basis. But even with all that, this seems to happen about once a month. Doing a full restart didn’t help, so I ran each of the above programs twice, restarting after each time, and that seemed to do the job. At least for now. But with doing all of that, it didn’t leave me much time for writing. I don’t think I got more than 500 words done.

To make me feel better about not accomplishing anything all day, while we were watching TV last night, Terry made of batch of delicious oatmeal raisin pecan cookies. Like everything she does, she made them from scratch, and they were really delicious. And those cookies worked. By the second bite, I forgot all about the darn computer!

A lot of you do your online shopping by clicking this Amazon link or the Amazon Search box at the top right sidebar of this blog. We appreciate that, because when you purchase an item on Amazon any time of the year from one of our links, we earn a small commission, which helps us offset the cost of publishing the blog.



Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Midwestern town in 1951. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.

Thought For The Day – There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieves the second. – Logan Pearsall Smith

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  6 Responses to “Rockets, Gamblers, And Cookies”

  1. Just a thought here
    Why do you not have a standalone computer that is not online in anyway specifically for your books. That way you can’t get a virus because it’s not online
    Your online computer can be used for your research and every day use
    And will be happy to take all your viruses and slowdowns

  2. This is the one that you want to watch,,not even sure it’s going to get off the ground.
    My understanding there is a 60% chance of rocket motor failure
    So Keep your eye out for a red tesla convertible that’s designated as payload

    January TBD: Falcon Heavy

    Company / Agency: SpaceX

    Location: Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center

    Time: TBD

    SpaceX will fly its heavy-lift rocket, which is made up of three Falcon 9 cores and 27 engines, on a demonstration flight from KSC with a Tesla Roadster payload.

    >Mid-February: Falcon 9

    Company / Agency: SpaceX for SES

    Location: Kennedy Space Center or Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

    Time: TBD

    SpaceX will launch SES-12, the largest communications satellite flown by Luxembourg-based SES. Built by Airbus Defense and Space, SES-12 will be positioned at 95 degrees East, providing direct-to-home broadcasting, VSAT, mobility and high-throughput data connectivity services in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia. The satellite will replace NSS-6 at this location and will be co-located with SES-8.

  3. I’m with Mr ed on a ‘writing computer” not connected to the internet but I would not be surprised if your reality doesn’t make that ‘not the best idea’.

    I am officially jealous about the rocket launches from your back yard!
    A shuttle launch was one of the things on my list, but we’ve stopped sending men into space (we buy tickets from the Russians now) so I’ve had to change my list.

    I would like to see a rocket take off then come back & land, SpaceX is making progress!
    Maybe next winter….

  4. Can’t remember for sure if you are running Windows 10 but, if you are check your updates. My machine will slow down periodically and even though I have it set to a metered connection will attempt to download a portion of the update before aborting.. Happens about once a month.

  5. What’s with Alice’s eyepatch? But she has on the same sweater as in the other picture. I actually kinda like that sweater.

  6. Another option: Delete all leftover files in the Temp folder under the Windows folder. Programs are supposed to delete those files when they shutdown, but often they do not.

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

(required)

(required)

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.