I know this will sound like heresy to some, but as I peck away on the minuscule keyboard of my iPod Touch, which takes For. E. Ver., I think all my PC friends may find it in their hearts to forgive me.
If we had any extra money, and it would have to be A LOT, I would run, not walk, to the Apple store and buy myself a Mac. Not kidding. I have bashed the Mac snobs of this world in the past, but no more. Please forgive me. I think you may be on to something. A billion viruses out there attacking the PCs of the world VS. the eight known Mac viruses. Hmmm. More money up front but twice the computer life and less aggravation. Hmmm.
For the second time in a month, I am hauling my PC to the Geeks for them to “diagnose” my blue screen of death. Two weeks ago, they cried “Motherboard” and sent it off to be replaced. Fortunately, our warranty was good and that expense was covered. And then they claimed it was cured with the exception of a couple of minor viruses which were no cause for immediate concern. Less than one week after getting the machine back, the blue screen is back as well. What the heck? Oy.
So there is my sad story. But I am determined that I will not be kept from the blogosphere! Thus, I tap on these tiny letters of this, ahem, Apple product, and press on!
In other news, Jacob and I were able to attend our first volunteer training session at The Center for Birds of Prey yesterday. He has loved raptors since he was about 8 years old, especially bald eagles. We are now in a position to volunteer and be up close and personal with these amazing creatures. He was in heaven yesterday–as was I–as I watched him just soaking up every minute of our time there. I am so excited to see where this might lead for Jacob! At the least, we will count his time and education there as an elective for school. At the most, it will be an amazing experience and who knows? Maybe a career opportunity.
Yes, there is the obligatory poo scrubbing, but everyone who volunteers there has to do it and it is essential to the health of the birds. We were there as they worked with the falcons and hawks that are used in their educational demonstrations, which was amazing to see! Have you ever seen a peregrine falcon dive at 200 miles per hour? It is quite an awesome sight! Owls, falcons, kites, hawks, eagles, kestrels, vultures…every kind of raptor you could imagine. It was so very cool!
The not-so-coolness of the experience took the form of ” food prep”. Let’s just say that the diet of the raptors includes fish, small rodents and day old chicks–all DOA, so no murder takes place, thankfully–but the prep will take some adjustment on my part. (This from the girl who does not scale fish or break down a whole chicken…call me a wimp, I don’t care.) Jacob gets quite a kick out of seeing me grossed out. Nice, right?
Yeah, he should have plenty of opportunities to mock his mother in this process. What we do for the kids, eh?