Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Computers -- what a puzzle!

I sat down at my EFM office desk this morning and moved the mouse on the computer that I had left on all night. Nothing. I moved it again, and again. Nada.

I turned the computer off and watched the light flash on the CD drive, then the one on the floppy drive come on and stay lit. The monitor screen showed the name C----- in big letters. But the boot-up wouldn't advance from there. I turned the computer off and on again. And again. And again. Woe.

At 9:00 I walked in the door of a local computer shop, PC under my arm. I told them what was up and they said they would have it checked by this afternoon. I left the shop with a measure of dread. Was my hard drive gone? Was my data lost? Had I backed up my hard drive? Silly question! Of course not! Who does? We ALL should!

I made my way through the day using my laptop, the shop didn't call, and my dread grew. After a late-afternoon meeting finally ended, I phoned the repair shop and the guy said, "It's sitting on the workbench . . . " -- and I thought sure it was in pieces, strewn across the surface -- ". . . and is running fine." Huh?

Well, as it turns out, these things, said one tech, can "Hiccup," and when they do the best procedure is to unplug the thing for several seconds, then plug it back in, and the going should be good. He also agreed with another tech who had told me on the phone that one of my peripherals might be bad. If I don't get a boot-up tomorrow, I should unplug everything except the monitor and keyboard and try again. If I get a boot up, turn off the 'pooter, plug in one peripheral (printer, maybe?) and try again. And keep on until I find the bad guy.

So, I guess I'll play around with it in the morning and see. In the meantime, I'm glad the HD is all right and that my data's not lost and that I don't have to worry about backing things up for awhile. Uh. Er. I mean, that I have another chance to back up my data before I REALLY have a bad threat!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ike-like winds on Sunday

They told us that Ike would reach up this way. So far we've only had the winds, some of the gusts rather strong, much more than this video clip shows. It has made us think of what it must be like to be in a place where the winds are even stronger, are sustained, and last for several hours.

No rain here so far (2:00pm), but there has been rain in Indy. Isn't it amazing that a storm can have such far-reaching effects? Oh, the power of nature -- which is a mere reflection of the power of God!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The main reason for little blogging lately

On October 4 I'm to leave for Guatemala, where I'm scheduled to teach a theology class to pastors the following week. It's a course I've never taught before, so I'm gettin' ready. I'd appreciate your prayers as I study and try to put together a course that will be helpful and valuable to the students.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Deer in our side yard

We have a wooded area behind our house and behind our side yard where deer live. It's apparently a pretty good area for bedding down and not being bothered during the day. Across the road lives a doctor who has a nice expanse of land that includes a pond. It's not at all uncommon for us to see deer venture out at twilight and make their way across the road to drink and maybe to browse through the night.

Usually they're pretty leery of us. However, the other evening a doe and two fawns crossed the yard and the road while Kathy and I were in our driveway, so they must be getting used to us.

Last night (Monday, 9/1) I was sitting at the dining room table with my laptop, working on a theology lesson for my trip to Guatemala next month, when I saw a movement in my peripheral vision. There were three fawns in the yard, venturing toward the road. I decided it was time to try for a picture or two. One thing I quickly learned was that it's tough taking a picture in fading light through a double-pane window and getting a really clear shot. Still, I thought the pictures might be worth sharing.

Here are two of the fawns, looking a little hesitant.

One of those two, plus another fawn that was apparently a little more courageous, made their way toward the road. Thirst was upon them, and the pond on the other side was beckoning!

However, just as they were about to cross the road, three motorcycles (loud Harleys, from the sound of them) came roaring by. And the three fawns forgot about thirst and water and ponds and browse in their sudden fear. They turned quickly and ran pell mell into the woods. Here you can see one of them turning away from the road, beginning his flight. The other two would be right behind him.