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Murder at Midnight

Night before last I was awakened by the most horrible screams of pain going on outside. I believe the victim was small and feathered; the perpetrator had four paws and whiskers. It was a terrible thing to listen to, the screeching.

Last night I went to see Mighty Merle Haggard, who, at 68, is sounding pretty awesome. He does a pretty short set, though, and doesn't do encores. And he didn't do Mama Tried. But he was in fantastic voice. I've decided I'm never ordering tickets from the Celebrity's online site again -- I chose a seat pretty much exactly where I usually sit: the front row third seat in section(s) A7/A6, which is usually empty because most people buy tickets in pairs. But what I GOT was row 13, fortunately on the aisle. I suppose it's a good thing to occasionally get back that far, because while, yes, every seat in the Celebrity is a great seat for VIEWING, I found that the seats in the back are crammed in very tightly so there's no leg room at all (and I really don't think my legs are all that long), and it never, EVER fails that someone twice my size sits in front of me (guy was just as tall as me sitting one tier down, so I had to lean into the aisle all night to see). From now on, I drive over to the box office (it's a few blocks away) and buy my seat face-to-face where I can say, "That one," and not be badly surprised the night of the show. I was happy to find out that the Celebrity hasn't changed its picture-taking policy, it must have been John Hiatt's "no pictures" decree at that show which required me to actually return my camera to the car before entering. Of course, from row 13 I don't think I got very good pictures, and I didn't take very many. Plus, it must have been 40 degrees in there. Guys?!? It's November! Turn off the air conditioning already!!!

I woke up a lot during the night. I feel strange and light-headed this morning. I sure wish this allergy/sinus thing would go away.

My brand-new, spiffy, wonderful 4-gig iPod mini will not talk to my computer because my computer is so old its USB ports (all six of them) are too slow. WAH!!! And we specifically bought it because rahirah said that many ports was a very good thing (to date I've used one), and of course the price was right. It's still a very good machine, little problems notwithstanding; the 60-gig drive is less than half full, even with so much of my music library on it.

I do remain amused that a 4-gig drive is in a machine about the size of a pack of gum (the 40-stick size). I remember an old, old 5-MEG drive that was this huge, heavy box that took up half the machine, and was an amazing jump from my very first computer, a 64-K dual-drive 5-inch floppy (which set my folks back over 2 grand, but they justified it was for college)... Ah, geek memories.

Anyway, I have to go get a new port to replace some of these old ones and then load some music into my iPod, which will hold approximately a day's worth of music. I love it! (Maybe I should have sprung for the 40-gig iPod... then I could just load my entire music library, which, according to iTunes, is currently almost 3,000 songs, and 6.5 days' worth of listening...)

Was pleased upon checking out the Buy Blue list that I already patronize many of the top Blue donators. It's a good comprehensive list of who gives what to whom; and I like the fact that it's not a "boycott THEM!" sort of thing, just a head's up to let consumers know where some of their money is going. Kewl.

[Edited: The hyperlink to Buy Blue doesn't seem to be working... So here it is: http://www.buyblue.org/company/ranking/donations?page=0 ]

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tiirz
Nov. 3rd, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
I want the 60 gig one! And if I manage to get Overstock.com to ever take back the defective portable DVD player, I'll have part of it!
wildrider
Nov. 3rd, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC)
I really thought hard about the 60-gig one, which they have at Costco, but my love of color won out over space considerations. The Mini comes in colors, and I have it in pretty green, which, oddly seemed more important... :) Besides, 4 gigs is more than enough music for a day at work, hours at the gym, or a long, long drive -- and you can always change out the songs! :)

sillymagpie
Nov. 4th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
And he didn't do Mama Tried.

That's too bad. I really love that song.

Your USB ports are too old and slow? Man, I'd never be able to use one.
wildrider
Nov. 4th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
Well, remember, she's three years old already. In computer years, that's what, 217? :)
nutmeg3
Nov. 4th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
That's weird that your iPod can't use your USB1 ports. That's all I had on my old laptop (and all I have at work), and I didn't have any problems. You can get an adaptor to turn one into a USB2 port, though, which ought to work.

I'm very glad I didn't hear any bird-death sounds. I know nature is red in tooth and claw and all that; I just prefer not to be confronted with the reality, because I'm a big ol' wuss (and hypocrite).
wildrider
Nov. 4th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
Well, we tried plugging it into rahirah's machine and it seemed to work THERE (although we didn't install the software on hers), so that's what we imagine is the problem. Every time I plugged it in, my machine would pop up with, "a faster connection would make this product work better!" message.

It was a horrible sound, really. Fortunately, the killer didn't leave any evidence of his (or her) crime--no feathers or carcass. Our cat Damien was one of the greatest hunters of all time, but he would leave his remains on the porch (after a while, one got used to bird parts all over the place)... To my credit, I DID stop putting out birdseed when Dusty came to live in our yard. I don't TRY to get the birds killed.
nutmeg3
Nov. 7th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
Eldridge, my first black cat, used to leave me whole mice as a gift, but I guess he got sick of me not eating such tasty morsels, because he started eating them himself and just leaving me the guts.
wildrider
Nov. 7th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)
I read in a cat book once that cats who leave you "presents" like dead mice and birds are basically telling you they consider you a kitten and they are providing for you. I was always rather glad Damien ate what he caught (and growled at us if we tried to take them from him), because it showed he considered us equals and could hunt our own food... :)
nutmeg3
Nov. 7th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
So Eldridge saw me as an incompetent idiot, huh? Typical cat.
wildrider
Nov. 7th, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC)
Hee. Probably he just wanted to be sure you knew how to hunt properly. We've had all kinds over the years -- Damien was the best hunter, hangs down. Cairo knows how to catch things but not what to do with them. :) I've never noticed Silly hunting anything but me to put "gooshyfood" in his dish, and Cuervo roundly ignores pretty much everything except people. "What is this bug you speak of?"
typographer
Nov. 4th, 2005 06:36 am (UTC)
I used to get the message all the time.

The devices still worked.
wildrider
Nov. 4th, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought it was doing, too (working, that is), because the battery light was flashing. However, it would not speak to iTunes, and iTunes would not recognize it was there. And when we plugged it into Barb's machine, it simply went to the languages screen, not the "Do Not Disconnect" screen it flashes on mine.

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