Friday, June 18, 2021

Out in the World

 It's always a problem when I switch from my PC desktop to the MacBook.  I'm getting weird messages about needing something for me to access the file I seem to be working on which happens to be BUT KNOT FOR ME.  I was afraid to do anything that would mess it up, so I saved it to a thumb drive and am working from that.  The MacBook updated to a new version of the operating system and made it so i have to figure out how to do common things like deal with photos all over again.

I like the keyboard, but the touch pad is difficult, but I got around that by adding a mouse.  Also miss having backspace and delete keys.  Mac only has delete and it works like backspace.  Enough complaining, I'll figure it out.

I'm on the MacBook because I finally made it to Chicago with the hopes of dealing with a toilet that needs to be replaced.  The plumber came yesterday and said I need to replace the flooring before I do the toilet and I should go with ceramic tile.  The building is 120 years old.  I don't think the toilet is that old, but it is at least 70 years old and very large.  Whatever replaces it will have a different footprint.  The good news is that it isn't the only toilet in the place and the other one is a lot newer.  I know because I replaced it not too long ago.  But it's a whole new challenge now dealing with the floor.

Another problem with the Mac is where to put it to work.  I had it on a table, but quickly realized it was hurting my wrist, so the laptop is in my lap now.

I'm happy to report there were no incidences on my flight.  It seems every day there is a report of another unruly passenger.  The big change is that beverage service is back.  No more little bag with a small bag of water and an antiseptic wipe as I got on the plane.  Someone behind me asked for a beer, but flight attendant said they weren't serving alcohol.  It seems like a good move with all the reports of truly passengers.  

The last time I was in Chicago was literally days before everything shut down and I thought I'd be coming back to pre shut down mode since Chicago supposedly opened everything up on June 11.  Well, not quite. I went to a restaurant that required masks and a bakery that still had no tables, marks on the floor for distancing and masks required.  Outside it was a mixed bag of massless and masked. I haven't gone to the local Trader Joe's yet, but expect they'll still be requiring masks, too.

It seems like people are confused about what's what and hesitant.  But I did see of bunch of massless UChicago students jog by after a run.  I guess some things never change.

In L.A., a bar started having dancing again at one minute after midnight on Tuesday when all the restrictions were lifted.  No masks required.

Meanwhile once I get past fighting with the Mac want to work rewriting BUT KNOW FOR ME.  August is fast approaching and the release of ONE FOR THE HOOKS.  It's getting some nice reviews which I will post when I'm on a friendlier computer.  ON THE HOOK is an Amazon special for the month and HOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING will be an Amazon special for June 30.  

As for the Writer for Hire series.  Since Veronica lives in the 120 year old building, I think I'll make the toilet/floor replacement part of the next book.  No experience wasted.


Linda O. Johnston said...

I admire you for switching from one kind of computer to another, Betty. I have enough problems updating a single kind! I also admire you for switching from one location and its restrictions to another, though I guess distancing and masking can't hurt anywhere. And good luck with the broken toilet, and how fun that you already have a way to use it in a book!

Betty Hechtman said...

Linda, I think you've said before how nothing is wasted and you use a lot of your experieces in your books. I just got my laptop in a good place and it's time to go home and switch back to my desktop. I;never get in a rut.

chkntza said...

I also use a MacBook Air laptop. It never occurred to me that my wrist pain might be due to my working on my laptop on a table. I'll have to try your idea about putting the laptop on my lap. Good luck with the toilet.

Betty Hechtman said...

Chkntza, working with it on your lap gets tiresome. I found that sitting on a couch putting the computer on a dining room table chair that has a soft seat in front of me works the best. It seems to be important not to have something hard hitting your wrists as you type. There's always an adjustment when I switch computers. Thanks for the good wishes. It seems like it's going down a rabbit hole. The toilet leads to fixing the floor which leads to remodeling the whole bathroom.