My computer croaked

I got a notice that a piece of software on my desktop had an update first thing this morning. I usually perform all updates as they sometimes offer security updates to patch vulnerabilities.  When the update was installed it said I needed to reboot to complete the update.  I rebooted but my computer didn’t reboot as normal.  That sometimes happens and another reboot makes everything work fine.  The second reboot seemed to work. Then I got the BSOD (blue screen of death) error.  I tried repairing the startup files. I tried to restore from a previous save from two days ago when things were fine.  Neither worked.  After two or three hours of effort to get it working and BSOD after BSOD the situation deteriorated until I only got the message that my PC needed to be repaired and nothing else worked.

So I unhooked it and took it to the shop. They think they’re going to have to wipe the drive clean and reinstall Windows.  They said I’d know something within 48 hours. Fortunately, it’s still under warranty.

After I got home from the computer shop I cleaned under my desk where the PC sat. It’s amazing how dusty that area can get in such a short time.  While cleaning there I discovered the dried up 2.5-inch carcass shown above.

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Daddy’s Home

I made it home about noon today from a week long trip to Florida and this was my greeting….

I live close to the Meramec River just south of St. Louis and I have to cross that river to get home.  There are like 3 or 4 bridges that cross the river without going more than a hundred-plus mile detour.  Most of those were closed yesterday but the water had receded enough to let them reopen the interstate this morning.  M7y flight got in at 10 am so it was just in time.

This is where the water flooded the interstate and closed it down for a day. The actual river is way in the back behind the white billboard.

 

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Last Sunset in Paradise

This is the last sunset I’ll see here. I’m headed back to flooded Missouri on an 8:30 am flight.  The main interstate leading to my house (from the airport) is closed because of the flooding, so it will be an interesting adventure.  Click to enlarge.

Tonight my brother and I went to Amore Brick Oven Pizza in Estero FL and had one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had.  We decided to pay for the dinner of a family of five sitting at the table behind us (unbeknownst to them).  That’s such a great feeling.  

PAY IT FORWARD! You won’t regret it!

 

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Meeting me – Meeting you

I had the pleasure of meeting Paul in Fort Lauderdale for lunch today.  

Fort to Fort – Paul made the two-hour drive from Fort Lauderdale to Fort Myers where we had lunch.  Paul is a very personable and down to earth guy and it was an interesting conversation about several topics including Uber, that Paul drives for. A very nice lunch conversation not to mention some nice scenery at Twin Peaks.

 

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Meeting me – Meeting you

We met with two of my Port Charlotte friends, Fungus and Lunchbox at the Broad Streed Bar & Grill.  Two quick witted fun guys entertained us and bought our drinks. A finer pair of guys would be hard to find.  From left to right: Fungus (Dave), Jonco (me), Lunchbox (Mike) and my brother Paul.  We had a great time.  Thanks, gentlemen.  Photo by the ever resourceful Google expert, Haley. 

 

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Meeting me – Meeting you

On Sunday afternoon I plan on stopping by the Broad Street Bar at Treasure Lanes in  Port Charlotte FL about 2 pm for a little while to visit a couple of damn nice fellows I’ve met there before, Fungus and Lunchbox.  If anyone is in that area and would like to meet up and share a drink or two, you’re welcome to join us.

On Tuesday at 11:30 am, I plan to meet with Paul from Lauderdale at Twin Peaks Restaurant and Bar in Fort Myers FL for lunch.  If anyone else would care to join us you’re certainly welcome.  Just get there by 11:30 so we know how large a table to get or let us know you’re coming.

 

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Meanwhile, in Florida…

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We spent a little time visiting Naples fishing pier on Saturday.  A hat blew off the head of a woman on the pier and a dolphin began circling it for a few minutes.  Then we saw a dolphin with a quite large fish in its mouth surfacing near us.  After a quick dive, the second half of that quite large fish quickly disappeared.

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Meanwhile, in Florida…

After returning to the condo my brother has rented, Google presented me with this video it created of the pictures I took today of the condo and a pontoon boat ride we took this morning.  The temperature is in the mid-90s but there was a good breeze out on the lake.

Some of the lots along the lake shore go for $1 million.  That’s just the lot. The house is extra. So, this is how the top one percent live.

 

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