Hello to my sadly neglected friends on LJ!
I've been traveling in the past month -- a cruise from FL to CA, then several weeks by rental car all over southern Calif. and Arizona. It meant a LOT of "together" time with Joanne. (I trust most of you recall my sometimes-rocky relationship with her, my Significant Other.)
Whilst in AZ, she provoked a nasty quarrel over my blogging, of all things! She's long chosen to ignore it since, deep down, she knows I come here for relief from the limitations of our relationship. And, no surprise to my good pals here, that includes sex -- ever since, several years ago, she blithely decided she "doesn't like sex." (Not just with ME; she has simply stopped thinking about it with ANYONE, including herself!)
But enough about that. I'm happily back in my favorite place in the Universe, Vero Beach. (Needless to remind that Joanne "doesn't like" Florida -- mainly because I DO...) And I'm back on-line after a month of deprivation. Well, two weeks without it on shipboard, then two weeks with only my cellphone...I left this laptop here, trying to travel light.
Before I departed, I reinstalled my "Ubuntu" open-source operating system. I'd resisted their drastically revised OS, since I'm pretty marginal as a tech person. Anyway, I finally caved because the old OS wasn't performing too well (after several years of wonderful support for my blogging, etc.). Sure enough, I got into trouble on various levels, including the most elemental: getting on line! It wasn't keeping that little "windshield-wiper" symbol on the upper right of my screen, indicating access to my wi-fi.
So now I'm trying my best (which is none too good, as I wrote) to get it to function, and I resolved the wi-fi access, and was able to pull up this LJ blog -- my lifeline to the world, in many respects.
Ubuntu is a valiant little engine, even correcting its own flaws -- most of them, anyway. The new OS seems specially decent, though I haven't yet figured WHERE various devices ARE! So, please bear with me as I get the system more fully functional.