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    Where My Mind is When the Sun is Out

    Did you guys happen to notice, about a month ago I had no column in the newspaper? It happened to have been a very sunny day (after my deadline) that I remembered that I actually didn’t send my column in. Upon further investigation I found out I hadn’t even written it.

    By the time I contacted the newspaper it was too late. It just goes to show you where my mind is at when the sun is out. All logical thinking pretty much flies out the window. On that particular week, I had taken my computer in for service, which further threw me off schedule.

    I don’t like change. Never have and probably never will. What I was trying to do was save all my files on my hard drive by making it a "slave" to a new hard drive (bigger by 20 gigabytes), which as far as I can tell, pretty much measures the amount of free space on my computer. The very fact that I sort of know what I’m talking about amazes even me.

    I just heard from the peanut gallery, named Herman, who just said, "Oh, Honey, do you even know what a byte is?" Then he proceeded to tell me. Everything just sounded like mush after the word, "megabyte." I have a vague recollection of him breaking down megabytes into kilobytes and bits or something like that. I just don’t even know if I want this much information. But you know me, I kept asking and he kept talking gibberish.

    Herman reminded me of the time when I first got the computer. He had come home and found me crying inconsolably at my computer desk. He dropped his satchel and said, "Kathryn, what happened?" And I said, "I HATE this thing!" I continued with, "I want my old Brother word processor back!" (Do you remember word processor’s?)

    At this point, the computer seems to be working well. At least it hasn’t brought me to tears lately. But changing the hard drive almost did it. I would up losing so much material, because I hadn’t done a "back up" for a couple of months. The worst was losing a bunch of digital pictures.

    So remember to back up your files each time you work on them. Before they wind up missing and going to computer heaven. And congratulate yourself if you understood this entire column.

    "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"