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Sunday, March 10 2002

Computers

My first computer was a 6 MHz 286 with no extended memory and only a 20-MB hard drive. By today's standards, it was very slow and very small. Nevertheless, at the time, it met my needs. I had only two programs on the computer. Godspel, a digitized Bible, and WordPerfect 5.1. I keep WordPerfect on my newest computer although it has long since been supplanted by a newer, Windows- based word processing program. Last week, I was deleting files from my hard drive to free up space when I came to the old WP program. I paused with my finger on the delete key, then moved on, leaving the old, DOS program. It brought back too many memories to disappear into cyberspace.

For instance, one of the first tasks I did with it was to spend three hours typing in over a hundred names, addresses, and telephone numbers. A short time later, Pat turned on the computer to see my handiwork. She quickly announced that the screen was blank. My hard work was gone. In a panic, I clinched my teeth. Notice, I said my teeth, not my fists. Pat began to cry and vowed that she would never touch my computer again. Then I felt bad for letting her see my anger. I assured her that I could type the information more quickly the second time. Fortunately, I didn't have to. When she opened the file, she had left her finger on the return key and created 5 pages of blank lines. Even though I was able to quickly repair the problem, Pat steered clear of my computer for several years.

My second computer was a 12 MHz 386 with 4 MB of extended memory and a 40-MB hard drive. My eyes were failing rapidly, so I had to upgrade to accommodate adaptive programs to enlarge the screen and speak the text and a scanner to scan and read printed material. I worked with the 386 computer and the DOS operating system while Bill Gates and his Microsoft crew advanced through Windows 3x and Windows 95. My adaptive equipment would not work in the Windows environment. Pat finally came back to the computer after I installed Managing Your Money (MYM). She discovered that she could print her checks and keep track of her bank accounts on the computer.

My current computer is a 266 MHz Pentium with 64MB of extended memory and a 6 GB hard drive and running Windows 95. Again, I had to upgrade to accommodate adaptive technology. When I purchased the computer in the spring of 1998, there was only talk of 300 MHz and faster computers. That talk came to fruition very rapidly, and within a year my computer was an antique. Pat still does her bookwork on the computer and I can still do all our reports, read my Bible and much more. However, every time we are in Sam's Club we look at the computers and dream of having one that is faster and with more bells and whistles.

Bar pick-up lines

A man walks into a bar one night and sees a beautiful young woman sitting at a table by herself. Walking up to her, he introduces himself and asks if he can buy her a drink. The woman stands up abruptly and shouts, "WHAT DO YOU THINK I AM, A PROSTITUTE?"

She storms back to the bathrooms and the man, red-faced and completely embarrassed, finds a table in a corner and sits down with his beer. Fifteen minutes later, the woman comes back out and finds him. "Look, I'm sorry. I'm a psychology major and I just wanted to see your reaction to what I said." The man jumps up, walks to the middle of the room, and shouts, "FIFTY DOLLARS? YOU MUST BE JOKING!"

Sent by Mike Harrison

Friends

Everyone hears what you say.
Friends listen to what you say.
Best friends listen to what you don't say.
We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere
.

— Tim McGraw
Sent by Mary Ann Losiewicz

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