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My vacation is over. That fun is done, but now it's time for a new round of fun stuff. Mail is piled up--both from the post office and my email box. There's so much to do that I guess I'll keep my vacation posting schedule on my blogs for a while. Gotta catch up.
Catching up is nothing new for me. It seems like I've been trying to catch up for years--maybe decades. When one thing seems to be about wrapped up, ten new things seem to take its place. I guess that's life. Don't want to grow stagnant do we?
For now stagnancy doesn't seem to be an option for me. My plates are full and there's plenty left on the buffet. I'm home--home sweet home--with my own bed, my pillows, my bathroom, and my internet service. Maybe that last one isn't so hot.
One of the first things on my agenda is to get my computer situation in more optimal shape. While in Tennessee my mother gave me the computer that belonged to my late step-father. It's a newer machine than what I've got and since she doesn't use a computer it was just sitting there so she let me trade one of my older machines for that one. Haven't hooked it up here yet, but when I do I think I'll have a much better system.
Also I was talking to the husband of one of my nieces and discovered he's an IT guy who works in computer security. I'll be sending him info about my system for him to analyze and he said I could contact him with any problems I ever ran into so he could help me resolve them. We'll see how all this goes. Maybe I'll be operating at 2014 standards soon instead of being still stuck in the 90's.
My vacation journey may be over for now, but my life journey is far from over I hope. I'll be posting more about my summer travels later. And if you're really interested you can always visit my memoir blog Wrote By Rote where I've been reflecting on my travels and how they related to my past.
And now....drum roll...it's time for:
Battle of the Bands results!
First of all if you missed the two song versions I pitted in my recent Battle you can find them here. Voting is over but you might be curious to know what we're talking about and you can still voice your opinion about it.
To recap, I offered up versions of a beautiful jazz tune called "Cristo Redentor". I was almost swayed to change my vote--the more I listened to the Donald Byrd version, the more I liked it. Still my original pick by Harvey Mandel remains my favorite.
My vote didn't change the winner voters picked. It was a close contest, but there is a clear winner.
Donald Byrd 9 votes
Harvey Mandel 13 votes
I hope you'll join me again on Friday August 15th for the next Battle. I'm going with a theme for the next few Battles: Boys versus Girls. It's a Battle of the Sexes done with songs. First up a classic tune with a jazzy flair. Be here to see what the song is.
Do vacations wear you out? Who do you turn to for computer help? How often do you upgrade your computer? Are you operating on a stone age system?