Last Wednesday I flew from Denver to Chicago, hung around O'Hare long enough to have frozen yogurt, walk a few miles from one concourse to another and then walk another half-mile when my gate was changed, and finally take that cute little commuter flight to central Illinois. Since then, the weather has become increasingly hot and humid, but no fierce thunderstorms or tornadoes yet. They'll probably show up about the time I'm scheduled to fly out again.
Most of you know I'm visiting my mom and brother in Illinois for a few days. I make this trip about twice a year, but try to avoid the storm season. My favorite time of the year in the Midwest is fall when the air is crisp, the trees red and yellow, and the air smells like burning leaves.
Well, the burning leaves part is a long-ago memory because folks aren't allowed to do that anymore, at least not in town.
While I'm at my mom's, I have to use dial-up with my less-than-speedy laptop, which is one of the reasons I don't spend any time reading and commenting on blogs. That reminds me of the good old days when we had no choice but to use dial-up.
So then I count my blessings because I only need to travel a few more years into the past to have no Internet at all. No e-mail. No blogs. No Twitter or Facebook.
And that reminded me of one of the friends I'll meet tomorrow for lunch -- an old friend from grade school (yep, early 1950s, kids). She has decided e-mail and the Internet serve no purpose in her life and she gave 'em up. Yep. Just turned off and tuned out. I had to call her on the telephone to arrange lunch.
I can't even imagine giving up the Internet. If someone turned off my access, I think I'd go into withdrawal. It would be like giving up coffee or chocolate. Maybe worse.
And that brings me to the session I had with my brother this morning during which I taught him how to load the photos from his camera onto his computer. We hit a snag, though. The photo editing software on his computer won't open and run, and he can't find the CD-ROM that came with the camera which has the appropriate photo-editing software on it. Now I'm looking for a free download that won't take up tons of space on his computer. All he needs is the ability to crop and resize his photos. Any suggestions?
Now while little brother is busily cooking kabobs on his grill, I'm going to sit in one of Mom's cozy chairs and read a little more of In the Woods by Tana French. It's a former Edgar winner, a suspenseful cop tale set in Ireland.
Wednesday will be another travel day but I'll pre-schedule another exciting post so you all don't forget I'm here.