Making Friends at Mac Resource Store

I had to take my laptop to Mac Resource Store, because I accidentally got droplets of glue from a spray can on the keyboard.  When I picked up my laptop, I was still wearing my bandages from the surgery.

The employee that helped me checkout is named Eric and he asked about the bandages.  That’s how we got to talking about ear surgeries.  Turns out, Eric also has hearing loss and he got a BAHA implant a few years ago.  We talked a little bit about the surgery and other surgeries.  We both had mastoidectomies done and we have even seen some of the same doctors.

I had a great time talking with Eric, because I don’t know anyone who has undergone similar surgeries as me.  When I get the outer processor for the BAHA, I am going to visit Eric again, so we can compare thoughts on the device.

It may sound funny, but I am kind of glad I messed up my keyboard.  I got to meet a great person that I can relate to in a way I have never done before.

 

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Hungry Shark Evolution – Video Game

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I enjoy playing the Hungry Shark Evolution video game.  The goal of the game is to grow your shark by consuming lots of food and to avoid being killed by other predators.  As your shark grows, the number of things that can kill you decreases.  However, you are at a greater risk of dying from starvation.

Yesterday, Hungry Shark Evolution held a chop fest competition.  Winners received extra gold coins and the grand prize winners received five gems.  The coins and gems are used for things like game upgrades, so I decided to participate in the completion.

There were over 500,000 contestants.  I didn’t win the grand prize, but I did score in the top two percent and won a bunch of gold coins for my game character.

It may not be the greatest achievement of my life; however, it was fun and I am pleased with my ability to do well in the competition.

Sci-Fi Fan Part-Time

I am not a Sci-Fi fanatic, but I do enjoy the genre.  I guess I am more of a part-time Sci-Fi fan.  Anyway, I like Sci-Fi films and books for three main reasons.

  • It makes me feel as if the future is full of unlimited potential.
  • The scenarios are creative and complex.
  • The characters overcome extreme obstacles to defeat evil in whatever form it may take.

If you are a Sci-Fi fan or fanatic, let me know why it appeals to you.  I’m curious.

 

Sparky – Our Newest Family Member

With five dogs in the house, floor cleaning is a daily necessity.  I decided the Thaler family needed a robotic vacuum cleaner to help with this chore and I named him Sparky.

I admit I was concerned about how the dogs would react to Sparky.  However, they just looked at him and then wondered off to do their doggy stuff.  Apparently, the boys don’t find Sparky to be all that interesting.

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Welcome to the Thaler Family and to your new home, Sparky.

To the Letter by Simon Garfield

In an age like ours, which is not given to letter writing, we forget what an important part it used to play in people’s lives.  – Anatole Broyard

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The book, To the Letter, gives a brief overview of the history of written correspondence.  Simon Garfield explains how the development of a postal service, within a nation, was a sign of prosperity and future success.

The book also has samples of letters written by famous individuals and letters written by average people during major historic events.

According to Simon Garfield:

  • There is an intrinsic integrity about letters that is lacking from other forms of written communication.
  • At a time when the decline of letter writing appears to by irreversible, “To the Letter” is a rallying cry to put pen to paper and create a form of expression, emotion, and tactile delight we may clasp to our heart.

 

Y2K – What if Story

I was resting on the couch, thinking about random things, and I started wondering…

What if someone sold all they had in 1999, so they could use that money to buy a fortified underground bunker, stocked with everything they would need for the next 20 years?

What if that person locked themselves in the bunker, during the last week of 1999?

What if that person was unable to get TV or radio signals, due to the extra layers of protection designed to shield them from the effects of nuclear war?

What if that person was afraid of what may have become of the world and since they were totally convinced Y2K would cause the collapse of civilization they stayed in the bunker?

What if after all these years that person found themselves running low on supplies and decided to leave the bucker in December of 2016?

They would probably become an overnight media sensation.  They would be asked to do all sorts of interviews.  They could write  a book about their experiences and that book could be turned into a movie.  They would be the brunt of numerous jokes.  However, they would be making millions of dollars and they could just ignore the negative comments.

That’s how I think the story would go…