‘Technology woes’ Category

  1. Filling In

    July 13, 2012 by myeye

    There is so much to do that I am paralyzed.  I’m trying to get the office ready to be moved at the same time we’re preparing the new space to be moved into.  I’m also trying to keep up with my clients’ legal needs.  Fortunately the dogs don’t do damage if they are not constantly entertained.  Speaking of which, we’ve now missed two straight weeks of agility class.  The class was canceled on July 3rd because of fireworks and family get-togethers.  Last night Chase and I were driving to the building and saw a black cloud settle over the area in which it is located.  Then we saw lightning.  We drove into the parking lot at a couple of minutes after 7:00 and received a call that class was canceled.  Since it’s outside, I understand the reasoning, but we could have gone home at 5:00 instead of hanging out at the office until 7:00.

    Chase had a wonderful day yesterday.  He was so happy to go to work for starters.  When we arrived, I lifted him to the ground — he was too fast for me.  Our conference center was in use with the door open.  Chase was off like a shot, galloped into the meeting to say hi to all the international visitors being oriented by the City’s International Visitor Division.  The man that was running the meeting was outraged, but all the visitors made a big deal over Chase.  Of course, that made it very difficult to get him out of there.  Finally I said, “Chase, front!” in my God voice and he did a perfect front, wagging the entire time.  Whoo hoo, sez Chase — let’s party!  At lunch time, there were children in the Courtyard so he played with them (and the Arby’s lady gave him a curly fry), and when we left to go to the Club for agility class, there were more kids outside.  My office mates always greet him like a long-lost friend.  Yep.  The Chaseman had a great day even without our agility class.

    Today I am picking up the flooring and the new blinds for my new office space.  John-across-the-street will spend the weekend measuring twice and cutting once.  When the flooring is down, he’ll replace the freshly painted baseboards — and we’re ready to go.  My friend Doug (who has moved my office and my house every time they’ve been moved), will come take all the stuff down to Los Lunas the last weekend of July.

    The Comcast service is already installed.  That’s a story!  Did you know that if you are getting a new phone number, Comcast will not give you that number until the day of installation.  This is the “Business Class” service.  My fax number could not be moved because it is out of the “rate area”.  I need new stationary, envelopes, business cards, but couldn’t order them until I had the fax number.  I must notify half the world that I will have a new address and fax number.  After much wrangling, I ordered installation almost a month early — just to get the phone number.  Last week, someone called to see if my service was working satisfactorily.  I said “I wouldn’t know because I have not moved into the space.”  Then I told them what a ridiculous situation their “Business Class” policy regarding phone numbers created.  The caller hung up on me.  Perhaps today (since it is Friday the 13th), I will have time to call my sales rep and tell him about the caller — or maybe not.

    Hopefully I will report on Monday that the space is ready.  Someone out there have some fun for us this weekend.

  2. Our First Fight

    July 26, 2011 by myeye

    Jewel and I had our first real argument this morning.  Today I was scheduled to go to the Torrance County Detention Center in Estancia, New Mexico.  I decided to make the drive first thing this morning and to take the “back way”.  That’s taking Hwy. 47 to Hwy. 60 and going east toward Willard.  Then you pick up Hwy. 41 through Mountainair and then Estancia, turn east on Alan Ayers Rd.  The detention center is right there.  So, I fed the baddogs, told them to behave (that’s an inside joke between me and the dogs), and got in the car.  I pulled Jewel out of her case and set the Detention Center address.  Jewel popped up the boring route.  (Note that I didn’t trim out Corona — just for Sandy.)

    However, that was not the way I wanted to travel. I could not convince Jewel to show me the back way. So, I set out driving west on Meadowlake. When I made a left on Manzano Expressway, Jewel began squawking: “Recalculate. Turn right.” I didn’t heed her. I drove all the way south on Manzano Expressway until it intersected Hwy. 47, with Jewel squawking at me every 1/2 mile, “Turn right.” “Make U-Turn.”  I’m not doing it, Jewel!  Finally, when we were below Rio Communities, south of Belen, Jewel sighed (I swear I heard her), and told me to drive 19 miles to Route 60.  YES!  The way I chose is 1.1 miles shorter than the boring route and winds through mountains, past the Abo ruins, through the charming town of Mountainair (not far from the 7 MSN Ranch).  It took me the same amount of time that traveling my normal route across Albuquerque and through Tijeras Canyon would take.  More importantly, I fed my soul.

    Perhaps on the next trip Jewel will listen to me.

  3. Awww — C’m On

    July 23, 2011 by myeye

    I have been so consumed with the murder case, that many other duties have been sliding.  Yesterday I sat with my client for what, I hope, will be her last television interview.  She was so together and gracious.  I was proud of her because she refused to take the bait when invited to comment on the horrid things said by her dead husband’s family.  She took the high road.

    Today I am geared up to catch up on my billing and to turn out two briefs.  One of those briefs was written for me by another attorney — she is awesome.  I could never complain about her work EXCEPT she works in MS Word.  I have Word on my computer, but I use it as seldom as possible.  I am an old WordPerfect woman.  I’ve been using WordPerfect since version 1.1 with DOS.  Back then, there was no Windows and no Word.  Anyway, she emailed me the brief at 1:30 and I hoped to file it before I left for the jail at 2:00.  That didn’t happen — know why?  Because I could not get Word to turn the signature block into single spacing.  Can you believe it?  I spent half an hour trying to “fix” the blankety-blank signature block.  So, I planned this morning to remote into the office computer from home, figure out where single spacing might be on the annoying Word ribbons, and get the brief done.  We file electronically in Federal Court BUT, I discovered, the filing system is down for the weekend AND I’ve lost remote connectivity between home and the office.

    So — make the trek to town — on a Saturday — because I must figure out what Qwest did this time.  Periodically I lose internet at the office then must power cycle the modem.  Then everything is fine, but I’ll have driven 45 minutes to make that happen.

    The other thing that happened this week is that I learned I must re-roof the house — not should, MUST.  So, I have to get my billing done to pay a contractor to install a roof.  I’m going with metal which is much more practical up here on the mesa.  The high wind gusts remove runs of shingles.  I want one-and-done with this project.  It’s always something!  So, we are on dog show hiatus until the end of September while I gather up the money for a roof.  Actually, it will be nice to have all three dogs at home on the weekends when I have time to play with them.  It will also be nice if the roof doesn’t leak if it ever rained again.  It will be a miracle if I can single space the signature block in Word, and a relief if I can send out the billing.

    Tomorrow the man across the street will be over again to “fix” stuff.  He is great, knows how to do just about everything, the dogs love him (they probably slow him down a little).  He is practical in his approach to repairs.  I am very lucky to have him nearby.

  4. The Week Ahead

    June 20, 2011 by myeye

    Yesterday had some high notes:  Finnigan being found in West Seattle, Holmes and I playing with the sheep, little Lowri earning her first point and a Best of Opposite Sex over a Champion.  Yep, yesterday was a very good day.  The Bulletin is nearer completion (after 13 hours of my weekend), and I believe (fingers crossed) that I will finish it this morning.  The proof readers have been very patient (while I was being very frustrated).  The hold-up first was three pages that were not in my possession.  I now have them, but far worse is that I do not know Adobe InDesign well.  Actually I have barely scratched the surface of what it can do.  So, when things come up, I try watching one of the instructional videos which were made for people with a smattering of knowledge (that would not be me).  Saturday I ordered “InDesign CS5 Classroom In a Book”.  I cannot go to on-line help and then remember all the steps when I go back into the program.  I need an index.  This book can be downloaded to Kindle, but I think I need actual, paper, physically turn the pages book.  And I shall have it by the end of the week.  Next Bulletin issue (Deadline August 15th), I will be ready.

    Anyway, my clients are in need of attention.  If the Bulletin can wing its way to the proofreaders today, I can return to the other stressful part of my life.  I am so glad I have my funny dogs at home.

    Today, for the first time in weeks, we do not have a severe weather alert, no sustained 35 mph winds, no smoke so I can see both my east and west mountain-horizons, and everything does not smell like a campfire.  Last night I made up 25 pounds of dog food so the dogs are taken care of for the next 12 (or so) days.

    This is going to be a great week.

  5. The Great Cable Outage of 2011

    June 2, 2011 by myeye

    I never had cable until I moved out here to the hinterlands.  In Los Lunas, you may get telephone from Qwest and internet from Wild Blue or Dish and Television from Comcast, or you may get it all from Comcast.  Since I’m all for simplifying my life, I opted for the one stop deal.  It is less expensive than having three providers, the phone clarity has been great, and the internet is REALLY high speed — until last night.  When I got home from work around 8 pm (I’d been working on the Bulletin), the cable was out.  That meant nothing but the iPhone and the Kindle were working.  I checked on Dolly and saw she’d had eight puppies (four boys and four girls), then rolled up my sleeves and — much to the delight of the four-leggeds — ground up 29+ pounds of dog food.  We are now stocked up for a while.

    The next couple of days are “Court days” and trying to finish off the ads for the Bulletin.  The weekend will be the Bulletin and herding and house work.  Next week, my Dateline interview is scheduled — I am not much of a “public face” person so am not looking forward to that.  At least the herding should result in some photos for this boring blog.