Here’s the thing about being a writer: you can sound off and vent a lot. My father was always sounding off; up into his late eighties he wrote dozens of letters to editors which were published in major newspapers as well as his hometown paper. He wrote about rock stars making a mess of the "Star-Spangled Banner" at baseball games, he complained about trucks going too fast on freeway off ramps, grade school principals who didn’t mandate cursive writing, nuclear power plants being built anywhere near civilization, and in the sixties, cigarette companies giving their product (“coffin nails!”) away free on the streets of New York.
In lieu of writing a letter to the editor I’m going to vent to you, dear readers.
Never ever change your computer unless it actually explodes or emits smoke (and I had one of those once.) The long silence of this blog is due to the fact that my new Dell PC has refused to send e-mail – it would accept e-mail, it would even helpfully pop up the little reply form, but for reasons I can’t comprehend, it refused to send anything. Instead, when I pressed “send” there was an awful clanging sound and a yellow pop-up that announced I had to verify the address of the recipient, but then failed to mention how this was accomplished. (This problem has now been fixed by our in-family computer guy, son-in-law Joseph Olson, who has endured desperate phone calls from me all week and if you live in L.A.and have computer problems he can come to your house too.)
A lot of readers took the time to comment on my “I Miss My Typewriter” post, and the consensus was hands down: get a Mac, not a PC. Unfortunately I had posted my problems after the PC arrived. Next time a Mac. It’s always fascinating to bloggers what posts get comments. Apparently a discussion of computers will do it. If (against all my good advice) you’re thinking of a new computer, check out all the comments under the typewriter post.
I promise you this is my last vent about computers.
To Do: What do you have to vent/complain/kvetch about today? Write it down (five minutes) - it’ll not only make you feel better, but maybe you can use it in your book/story/essay/poem.