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    My Computer Caught A Bug

    The thing is, I’ve literally put nothing into my computer since I bought it three years ago. Lately it’s not been behaving properly in that it wouldn’t open any documents directly from "desktop." If there are any of you out there reading this who have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m just proving to myself that I can be a computer geek.

    So this past Friday, (which is actually about a month ago as you read this), Herman took my computer into Fulton Computer Company in Gloversville, New York. I must say it was so weird not having my computer at home with me. I’ve become downright spoiled, always being on-line with cable. Herman actually brought his small laptop down from upstairs to keep me company. But the thing is, I hadn’t used the dial-up modem in such a long time that it felt slower than it was.

    So I’m happy to be writing to you again from my computer. Guess where I really am right now? The plan is, I’ll be in Florida or in transit as you read this. I even made a special bathing suit shopping trip for the occasion on Herman’s computer. It was very humbling to go back to dial-up. I’m so delighted to report I’m back on cable (with Herman only having to stay up until 1a.m. to get the job done). I on the other hand was so flipped out I put myself in bed by seven so I didn’t have to watch the goings on to bring my computer back to its normal self. The last thing I said to Herman before I got in bed was, "Tell me when it’s working again."

    The more idiosyncratic details of my machine include: a virtual fish screen saver, wallpaper of a gorgeous beach on the ocean. I also have to have coordinated teal message boxes, large, easily read print, one click web surfing and of course my Dragondictate which is my voice activated software package.

    I’m cheating now in that Herman is typing while there are still a few kinks to work out. Next on the agenda when I’m done writing here is to load my voice files so the software recognizes my words. Wish me luck in getting all the bells and whistles on this computer back to where I had them. I do hate change…(Sorry about missing the column last week-between the computer problem and me chasing the sun, I totally spaced!)

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"