Sunday, January 13, 2013—A New Computer

We opted to eat breakfast with a group of neighbors this morning rather than attend early church. They meet at Furr’s in McAllen for the breakfast buffet every Sunday morning. The food choices were many, and fortunately they had a big salad bar for those of us who are on a perpetual diet.  Thus, it was salad and scrambled eggs, with a small cup of yogurt and granola.  Still, it was good to have choices.

After breakfast, we went to Costco to look at computers and fill up with “cheap” gas, still less than $3 per gallon, but rising.  Over the course of the last several years, computers seem to last me about 2 years, give or take a couple of months.  The current Dell computer lost it’s left mouse key over the holidays, the battery does not hold a charge, and worst of all, it will not perform a back-up.  With over 40,000 photos and several thousand songs, this could prove catastrophic.  However, I’ll attempt to repair it when we return to northern Arkansas in March.  Anyway, I digress.  The store opened at 10:00 AM, and we looked at computers, and purchased a high-end model, only to find they didn’t have it in stock.  After looking for about 30 minutes, they offered us a deal on the floor model, 5% off—not even enough to replace the battery; we obviously declined.  I was really disappointed in Costco as they have always been a delight with whom to do business.

We drove to church to attend the traditional service at 11:00 AM, and really like it.  There was a much larger congregation than that which attends the early service, and the choir sounded great considering their small number; the pastor plays drums in the praise and worship service and sings in the choir for the traditional service, and he preaches a good sermon, too, continuing his theme on being financially responsible.

After church, we drove to Staples to look at HP Pavilion g7-2240us 17.3" Laptoptheir computers, and picked up a low end model HP Pavilion g7-2240-us, with Windows 8, on sale.  At the RV, the computer was unpacked and turned on, and then as Windows 8 came up, I stared at the foreign operating system with a blank look.  Migrating email, contacts, and calendar was not too difficult.  Finally, I began the process of reloading software, and Windows Office 2010 Professional loaded without a hitch.  The same process was followed for Quicken and Microsoft Streets and Trips, again, without much trouble, but consuming quite a bit of time.

Meanwhile, the cold front came in with a blast, and temps remained in the high 50s, cool for this time of year in the RGV.

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