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Out On The Mudline

Even Computer Trouble Can’t Dampen Sissell’s Spirit Of Christmas

By Bill Sissell


Several weeks ago, as I replaced the ink cartridges in my printer, I managed to dislodge the entry door to the location of the cartridges. After several tries at taping the door into position I was successful. At that time I made a mental note that I should see about getting a new printer. For several weeks now the computer has been warning me that the ink was low—so on Monday Nannette and I, after studying a four year old Viking Office Product catalogue, went to Office Depot (we found that our catalogue was a part of Office Depot) in Oxford. Finding that we could upgrade the printer for only a few dollars more than the cost of the old printer we chose that option (without advice from our computer expert). That turned out to be my first mistake.

More Trouble

It took only a few minutes after the unpacking of the new printer to realize that I was going to need help. So I called my expert, Barbara. With her usual efficiency Barbara set about installing the necessary commands in the computer. As she worked she continually talked about the slow reactions of the computer. Suddenly she turned to me and asked what my reaction would be if she asked me to trot from this house to the northwest corner of the farm. She was talking about very nearly a mile and one half by the closest route. After this she told me that my computer was the same as me—old—and unable to cope with all the information we were trying to load into it. A few minutes later she looked at me in astonishment as she said, “It has crashed.” After trying several things (I don’t have enough computer knowledge to know about these) we decided that I needed a new computer and agreed that we would do this provided Barbara went with us to select a suitable one.

The task was accomplished that afternoon for Barbara was free to accompany us to WalMart in Oxford.

Trouble 3

As I sit here typing I am using a program with which I am totally unfamiliar. Ordinarily (on the old machine) I would be able to get a word count so that I would know to close this article. In addition I do not know how to e-mail this to the paper (Barbara knows and will tell me how but she is not here). I do know that the bottom of page two has showed (I can see the number).That means that I can begin to sign off for this week. The trouble is going to be a part of next week too but we will conquer it for Barbara has told me repeatedly that I’m going to love this new program but all the time I keep thinking about all the pages of genealogy I have to re-enter.

It’s raining again here this morning. I went to Cardiac Rehab and the folks had varying amounts of rainfall to report. We had 3.43 inches here on Hotophia Ridge yesterday and I fell into the water on the pool cover trying to get the removal pump started—It was COLD.

We wish all of you a very merry Christmas—Do keep the Christ in Christmas. Nannette and I sent cards to friends and relatives from one side of the U.S. to the other this week. Look out for snow for all the Persimmon seeds we’ve heard about and seen have a spoon in them (meaning lots of shoveling).

You can reach me most of the time at 23541 Highway 6, Batesville, MS 38606 or 662-563-9879.

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