Saturday, July 4, 2009

Holidays are for relaxing

It used to be that holidays were welcome changes from a work routine, like they are for most of you, I'm sure. The habit of treating holidays like special days when it's perfectly all right to do nothing much and waste time at it does not go away. So here I am doing nothing, and not even feeling guilty about it, but only after dealing with stresses one should not have at all as a retired person.

It all began when I saw that my anti-virus subscription was running out. My efforts (yes, I mean efforts, plural) to renew it (I should remember that nothing is ever easy in the Norton/Symantec world) were futile, as I could not activate it even though I bought the subscription. Eventually, I took it off and bought McAfee, which loaded nicely; however, in the process I lost one of my favorite games. Now that is a serious interference with my peaceful routine. I have no idea how or why, but "Scrabble Blast" has disappeared, never to be found again. Trying to get my favorite game back, though supposedly available for redownload, could simply not be done. I am in deep mourning over my lost Scrabble Blast game. I had many scores at the "God" level of skill accumulated over a period of years - clearly, irreplaceable and majorly grief worthy.

Then, also, my Word program suddenly refused to open for me, causing another episode of irritation. The Word program had to be uninstalled then reinstalled and updated to work again, wasting more of my precious "do nothing and not feel guilty" time.

All of which is irritating, and, more seriously, intrudes upon my game time. I probably should do something about this computer game addiction one of these days. Still, this is my mind's exercise program, so I must persevere.


  1. How blue was the air in your house today? I loathe installing and reinstalling. At a certain point I start talking to my laptop and saying things like, "I clicked OK already, damnit!"

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I never knew Scrabble Blast, but I can tell I would have loved it. Remember all of the good times you had. When you are ready, maybe there will be another game you can bring into your life - not a replacement for SB, but an addition to. Your heart (yes, even yours) is big enough for more than one game. Take your time - you will know when the grieving has lessened and it will be OK to let another onto your computer. I believe that when you die, your old pal SB and all of your high scores will be waiting for you in cyber-heaven. As always, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Oh, Meredith - spoke like a true Episcopalian - We always hope for a better life hereafter. But, I have not given up hope. I shall probablyh try every day to recover my beloved game. Who knows. Maybe the gods who control Real Arcade will relent and let me install her again.

  4. To Ari 1965: You've hit it just right. What I kept saying to the computer as an Internet site kept telling me I should check my internet connection is not to be repeated - but it included the thought, I wouldn't receive your message if I were not connected to the Internet - so what kind of idiot message is this?