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    After My Computer Crash

    I have my black five-year-old cat, Sally, fast asleep on my lap here at the computer as I am trying to figure out what to write to you guys this week. Usually I write several weeks ahead. As of late I have gotten pretty far behind.

    One major reason for this is that my computer was broken for about five days. Herman tells me the “motherboard got fried” whatever that means. He took my computer down to Fulton Computer in Gloversville for me. While it was being fixed (read “replaced”) Herman used his laptop to type columns and send them into the newspaper.

    Dave Gibson is the owner of the store as I am sure many of you know. His main tech, Howard Crapser has tremendous patience. I know this because every time my computer is “sick” I am forever calling him asking about the progress on my computer. This is when I generally put Herman on the phone because he understands all the technical stuff that I tend to just put out of my head. It would be like me trying to talk fashion stuff with Herman. He would just simply file that as useless information. Or like him trying to talk cars with me. I’m like, “who cares?”

    So I am happy to report that my computer is back home with me. Herman was not happy he had to reload all the programs and couldn’t find some. My aide Kelly did some of the reloads one night when she was bored. But I haven’t yet re-trained Dragon Dictate. This software allows me to simply speak in to the computer using headphones with a microphone that converts speaking into text.

    What I am doing now instead is breaking in my new aide Sherry by having her type for me. Sherry comes to me via Kelly, who has been with me on and off for the past ten years. See, Sherry and Kelly are sisters-in-law.

    I never had any technical problems like this when I was living in Los Angeles or New York City when I was busy pursuing my acting career. The biggest problems I had back then were memorizing my lines for all my auditions.

    It was also difficult trying to maneuver all the various freeways and canyons in the Los Angeles area. But that’s another story.

    I did not even have a computer back then. And come to think of it a computer might have helped me organize all the many appointments I had each day.

    So hear I am kicking and screaming into the 21st century. If you think I feel badly about it, think about how my aides must feel about having to type for me!

    Sally is still sleeping on my lap and my reminiscing about all my acting days including driving in Los Angeles are happily in my past. Once again I am happy as can be to be home in Fulton County.

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