July 27th, 2014

Mr. Mercedes

I am not a big Stephen King fan. I love his writing. I hate his plots. Supernatural does not do it for me.

I caught a couple of reviews of his latest - Mr. Mercedes - that expressed disappointment at the lack of a supernatural element. So I bought it immediately. And wow.

It's a great read. Best I can figure out, it is not a series, so all characters are expendable which makes the suspense even more suspenseful. I'm actually listening to the audiobook version. I have 3 hours left and it's all I can do not to just devote the next 3 hours to finding out what happens.  But, I want to stretch it out as long as possible.

Plus, I'm hungry. So I think rather than firing it up for more right now, I'm going to go out for breakfast. It's too early for a lot of my favorite places and for that new place I still want to try, so I think I'll go to Luna's in West Seattle.  I can have some breakfast and then hit Trader Joe's and still get home before the baseball game traffic.

So... that's the plan for this morning...

Days like this

It's just after 10 am. And so far, the most perfect day.

I got to the restaurant and found easy parking. The outside tables were pretty full but inside, where I like to sit, was not crowded at all. I usually get one of their tiny tables for two but today I got a giant booth all for me. Breakfast was delicious.

On to Trader Joe's. Again Very easy parking in a lot that rarely has much at all. Inside was not at all crowded. The music was perfect (I LOVE the music at Trader Joe's.) I found everything I wanted and passed on a couple of things I didn't need but would have gotten had I not just had breakfast!

On to Safeway. Again, easy parking and checkout people who weren't yet pissed at the day.

On the way home as I sailed passed the baseball stadium where some folks were gathering but no crowd yet, Google Music's I Feel Lucky Play list started up Van Morrison's Days Like This.

Yes, indeedy... Days Like this are just sooooo nice.

Now I'm home and the groceries are put away.  All is excellent-o.

Finding stuff, finding solutions

Last week I lost a dust buster. I had the charger, I just couldn't find the buster. Today I was determined to bust that buster out of its hiding place. I started with the car, because that's where I remembered having it last. And then I came back up here to do a grid search.  Happily, I found it in the first room. Whew.  It's now with the charger tethered to the outlet. With instructions to stay there until I come back for it.

My Kindle Fire HDX, of which I am growing increasingly fond, has a Text to Speech capability. If you like, it will read your book to you.  The voice isn't robotic but it has no inflection and is weird. But, I couldn't turn it off. Every time I open the book - on the bus, in a restaurant, the bitch would start reading - loudly. The setting for Text to Speech was turned off. Nothing I could figure out how to do, turned the bitch off.  The Fire has a Mayday button - click it and an Amazon person will come into view in a little window in under 30 seconds. So I clicked. The Amazon person had no idea how to fix it and transferred me. After a way too long wait, I got a person who knew less than the Mayday person so I said no thanks and hung up.

I googled til my fingers bled.  I rebooted. I cleared the cache for the Kindle app. I got verification on an Amazon board that it shouldn't be doing what it was doing.  So I did a factory reset. Whew and yeah! fixed!!!

God, I love the cloud. It makes things like factory resets so painless.

One of my brother's webcams has been a problem for weeks on my desktop PC. I like to keep it up and keep and eye on the comings and goings. But it worked only occasionally. It worked fine on my laptop. Fine on my tablet. Just not on my PC. Today I sat down to figure it out. I tried this, I tried that. And finally I though to try reconnecting the wireless. I deleted it from the network and rebuilt the connection and BAM! working like a champ.

Oh and then I found a little app that sync's up my Chrome browser with the browser on the Fire. Another problem fixed.