13 June 2020

Slice of Life (13 June 1985)

My grandmother died; I don’t want to seem callous but it’s hard to work up any emotion about it—the process has been going on for so long. The marvelous old lady with the stories and the quilts and the strange lore and notions that I knew—she was gone a long time back. Those diseases that take away the mind and leave the body alive scare me more than quicker deaths.

My one brother has been competing in various aerobatic contests the past few years; this is the first year he’s competed in the advanced category. In his first contest this year he took first place in his category. My other brother is designing the new computer his company intends to manufacture; this thing has a rather specialized function, but he is designing it so as to close off the fewest options in future development. It’s a kick for him to be tackling something like that.

I heard back from the library about the 4000 holes in Blackbourn Lancashire; the only file of the Daily Mail in the country apparently is a foreign edition and doesn’t contain the local column I need. So unless I can con this friend of a friend of a friend I sort of know in London into looking it up I may never know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall. Not that the date of the article really matters all that much, I guess, except to me.

05 June 2020

Test Entry Number 20206

nce again I will try a test entry, to see whether I can get things up and running again. I’ve had a frustrating time with this new Windows 10 machine, after having the ease and comfort of Linux for so many years. After fighting with the MS Edge browser for a week and its inexplicable fondness for the clunky Bing search engine I finally gave up and downloaded Firefox again, and I now feel much more like I’m at home and able to relax.
One thing I do not care for on this Windows 10 machine is the lack of familiar (and ad-free) games. I don’t like the cards (or the limited game choice) on the new solitaire collection, for one, and I’m not interested in investing time and money in elaborate games that let me build civilizations or the like. I just want a quick distraction from whatever project that’s suddenly too much for me at the moment. Give me Tetravex or a quick dice game, please. Or Scorpion.
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