I spent most of yesterday dealing with computer issues. I started out deleting any personal files from my old Asus old laptop, which is going to a good home, and getting it boxed up and ready to ship out.
As I said a couple of days ago in a blog titled Frustration City, when I set up my new Dell laptop computer I couldn’t get the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software to work. It would load fine, but once the installation was completed, it wouldn’t open. I did some research online and couldn’t figure out what the problem was, so I called their tech support number. That’s always fun.
The gentleman I spoke to told me in very broken English that since I’m using version 13 of the software and it’s three or four years old, it won’t allow me to load it onto another computer. Instead he wanted to sell me a package with the latest version of the Dragon Professional software that I could load up onto as many as five computers, for just $499. I told him that wasn’t going to happen and immediately the price dropped down to $399. Thanks, but no thanks.
Version 13 works just fine on my desktop computer, and I found that I can order another Version 13 on Amazon for just $29.99. I don’t care if it’s not the latest and greatest, I just care that it works. Otherwise, I’ve made good headway and I think I’ve finally got the new computer set up and working fine.
I had planned to use it on a short out-of-town trip we were going to take this week, but my back had other plans and decided to waylay me and start kicking my portly posterior again. So things are on hold at the moment.
In dealing with my back, I have tried opioid pain pills, I’ve tried chiropractic, I’ve tried trigger point injections, massage therapy, and medical marijuana. Some things work a little better than others, but nothing really solves the problem. Since two doctors have told me I’m not a candidate for surgery, I looked into a spinal block shot, which I know has done wonders for many people. I had an appointment for a consultation about that today, but the doctor’s office called last week and rescheduled it for the 29th of this month. That’s frustrating.
Since nothing else has worked, I wonder if this is an option. No, a new Mustang won’t make my back better. But wouldn’t I look good driving to the chiropractor in it? Miss Terry keeps telling me I should buy it if I want it, and I really do, but I just can’t bring myself to pull the trigger on it. At least I haven’t been able to yet. Feel free to encourage me if you must.
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Burning, the sixth book in my Big Lake Mystery series. 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 Sunday evening.
How about I finish today’s blog with another from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us?
Thought For The Day – I’m not sure where you learned to whisper, but I’m guessing it was inside a helicopter surrounded by chainsaws.