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I am about ready to toss the computer and internet into the ocean. I've just about HAD it with it all. It has taken me two full days to get so I could USE this thing again after something going awry with it all. I don't know enough about computers to really know what the hell I'm doing either, so that makes it even harder. I found an adware program that I've just spent the whole day installing and running so it would delete all the infected files I had, and there were more than 2,300 of them! I've read what they all do and it all seems to relate back to advertising. It's too much for my pea-sized brain to handle, and I am, more and more, envying Paul his refusal to deal with computers at all. Of course he has me to do stuff here, but I don't know how long I'll last here.

It's been recommended I get a Mac (Air?) laptop. If I had the money, I would, even though I have NO CLUE how to use an Apple product at all. I've never even SEEN one in use before. But I do realize they are less likely to get viruses and bugs, and the quality of Apple seems to be much higher than the rest... but cash flow is the problem so I won't be changing anytime soon.

I may just lay off internet usage for a while. I'm not saying I won't be back because I am addicted just like everyone else is. But if you are wondering where I am, just email me and I'll write back. Email seems to be working fine through all of this, so that's one good thing. For now.

I have my new tablet but it's not the same. I only use it for playing a game or two and for reading CNN and BBC news at the end of each day. Otherwise, it doesn't play videos and I can't see what good it is. I am very discouraged about the road the World Wide Web has taken vis-a-vis all the bad bugs out there that get in and want to do us all harm. I had a phone call the other day from someone asking for me and I was abrupt with him (he had a foreign accent of some kind) and when I was going to hang up he yelled that I'd been hacked and it really unnerved me. After that, all hell broke loose the next day with my computer system and it's been two days I've been trying to fix it all. I've had to spend $39.99 to get the adware program to delete all the bad files it found (over 2300 of them!) so now I have that and it will check every afternoon for stuff. It's just so time consuming and frustrating when you are of "a certain age" like I am and you just don't "get" a lot of this technology.

Anyway, that's that. I'll be here just not so "out there" as before. Sorry! I'll try to pop in each day somewhere here and there, to read your stuff, and maybe do a blog, but right now the fun has all gone out of it all for me. My brain is fried.

Jeers for the creeps of the world who just can't leave the rest of us alone!


I think I could turn and live awhile with the animals...
They are so placid and self-contained,
I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied... not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

~ [Walt Whitman, from "Leaves of Grass, No. 32"] ~


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