End of September

I stole this pic from a beach urchin who is on a camping/hiking trip for a couple days during this BEAUTIFUL week. Make no mistake, late September is NOT too early for the S word in these parts.

Me… My formerly dead work laptop arrived yesterday complete with a brand spanking new hard drive. I opened it with much trepidation (and the GG’s help troubleshooting the BOX, thank you very much).

Things went much more smoothly than I had braced myself for. In fact it was a LOT easier to restore all of my stuff than it was when I first got this laptop new a couple years ago. That’s because we have automatic cloud storage now. I don’t really understand all the ins and outs of how that works and I suspect I did not have it set up completely correctly before the crash because I did lose some files. Fortunately that represented maybe 1% of my stuff and it’s all files I can recreate easily. IF I NEED TO! And I probably won’t need to.

I had to interact with R, my Super Duper Super Friendly support guy one more time so he could install Visio. It’s a Microsoft app but it’s a speshul app and doesn’t come with the usual suite (word/excel/outlook/etc.). He had already installed Snagit, a screenshotting app I use all the time that isn’t related to Microsoft at all.

R always asks me questions about the moomincabin and today he asked me again about how much time I spent in that “mountainous” location. That got me laughing as I explained that it isn’t at all mountainous. Instead it is set in a big forested area nestled up to a beach on the shores of Gitchee Gumee. Then I explained about its semi-rustic state and why it’s now closed for the winter and that I love it how it is and replacing it with a cheesy McMansion will happen over my dead body.

I don’t usually tell people I work with too much about the moomin. I had to tell R because of the difficulties involved in shipping laptops to and from a semi-remote location. It happened to pique his interest. But I know that there are plenty of people outside the Great Lake State (and even IN the GLS) that only have a tenuous grasp on where, say, Lake Superior is located. They know it’s “Up North” somewhere and it’s a long drive and most people know you have to cross a large suspension bridge to get there. But not everyone🤣

I work with people from India and I don’t EXPECT them to know anything about Lake Superior. I love my Indian colleagues but I only have a vague idea of their country’s geography. It isn’t because I don’t care. It’s because I am not a geographer. Vice versa, I don’t expect them to know much about the Great Lake State or maybe even the US. That said, I am gonna guess they know more about my country than I do about theirs.

But I was home setting up my refurbished laptop like I wanted it while my beach urchin was out in the gorgeous countryside. It’s okay. I’m not really that envious because she has been a grockery worker throughout the pandemic and therefore has endured dangerous working conditions for a year and a half. Meanwhile, I have spent a lot of time sitting on my posterior telecommuting from the crappy Green Couch in my shabby but comfortable living room. She deserves to spend time out in the country on this beautiful day🧡

2 Responses to “End of September”

  1. jane Says:

    In a prior job I had coworkers in India. One year we were talking about fall coming and Ravi was saying that he didn’t really understand. So we all sent him pictures of ‘fall’ activities and the trees changing, etc. Similarly, one year they sent us a bunch of stuff related to Diwali (fesitval of light) and did a full presentation which was SO COOL!

  2. Margaret Says:

    There is some of that I didn’t know and I’ve lived my whole life in the U.S. Most of what I know about MI is from your blog. Glad that M. got away in beautiful weather. Not so lovely here at the moment but improving. At least Mt. Rainier is no longer so bare!