My current PC is now six years old, and it is really showing its age. It’s been consistently very slow, despite the regular “maintenance” I perform to clean it up after barely using it every third day. I had recently lost files on it, and it even rebooted on me while I was typing. When we moved into a house last summer, the computer was set up in a spare bedroom that we turned into an office. So I wanted something portable that I could use in other parts of the house, such as the living room or basement. With this portability in mind, I researched laptop computers for a few months, waiting for the right moment to buy.
I corresponded with a friend who tried Windows Vista on a new laptop. He was really dissatisfied with its performance, even though he bought a computer that was at least a step up from entry level. My parents also had issues with their Vista desktop. And I had worked out a security issue at work where some of our customers were unable to access our legitimate registration Web site because of an over-cautious security setting in Vista and Internet Explorer 7 (I tried IE 7 at home on Windows XP and was able to access the site). After hearing all of the horror stories about Windows Vista, I decided to go a different route: I bought a Mac.
A coworker and I were riding home by bicycle from my part-time job Sunday evening when I hit a curb and flipped off of the bike. When I got up, I had searing pain behind my left shoulder, and I was scraped up a bit. Since the crash occurred only a few blocks from home, I told my coworker that I’d be okay and to go ahead. I was able to walk home with my bike, my backpack still on my back.
I don’t remember the walk home. But after getting home, I had this realization that I had crashed and that I was home. My mind was racing from the adrenaline, and the pain in my shoulder suddenly got worse. I then called Kristen, who was out of town at the time, and she told me to call my buddy Josh. So Josh came and took me to the hospital.
I attended a session on bike etiquette recently, where they showed this video of a crusader out to help drivers learn that bikes are legal vehicles on the road. Jeff Frings decided to take the whole bike vs. car issues one step further. He was tired of close calls, so he mounted video cameras to his bicycle to document his near misses.
My sister’s father in law, Gordon, passed away during the evening of March 26. He is survived by his wife, his son, and his three grandchildren, as well as many family and friends.
Genevieve, his wife, described him as an artist, an athlete, a Marine, a police officer, detective, and lieutenant. She also described him as a friend, husband, father, grandfather, dog lover, and car afficionado (especially Mercedes Benz). Although Gordon had many facets of his life, he was also an incredible human being and a really good guy, and I am fortunate to have been a part of his life.