Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

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Mockingbird and cardinal

Saturday night we watched the movie "Bridesmaids" which we found quite amusing.

Yesterday I got up for the 8 a.m. Weight Watchers session. I had gained 1.8 pounds, which was non-ideal, but
overall quite inconsequential. Then I went to the 9:30 a.m. church service at Suncreek UMC. The sermon was on the good samaritan parable and the Mary/Martha story. I believe that the Golden Rule and the Good Samaritan story should be roughly 99.35% of all sermons, with the other .65% reserved for, say, St. Luke's version of the Christmas story.

My Pandigital tablet computer did not switch on Sunday, and seemed to be unable to charge. I have enjoyed this tablet a good bit since I got it last June, though I have been thinking about upgrading to an Android 2.3 tablet from its Android 2.0 or 2.1 version,so that I can play flash music.

In the afternoon, the weather turned quite warm, if somewhat blustery. I got out my bicycle and rode the
sidewalk trail near my home called the Watters Creek Trail. It's about five miles round trip, which took me nearly an hour to complete. I stopped here and there to enjoy the scenery. The photos above are two photos I took of a mockingbird and a cardinal, each singing on a locust tree adjacent to the other.

Sunday night my wife watched the Oscars, while I went instead to the other television to watch the PBS showing of The Old Curiosity Shop. My viewing was short-lived, as the production proved to be a particularly grim version of this somewhat somber tale, with none of the Dickensian charm in cariciature. I soon turned it off and fell asleep. I dreamt of driving on mountain roads, and awoke after a nearly ten hour sleep.

After work I stopped by Garland's Best Buy. The bespectacled young man in the tablet computer section
showed me the tablets with knowledge and skill, once I told him my specs (at least Android 2.3, under 300 dollars). I remembered, though, that I had bought my current tablet with a warranty plan. I rarely buy the warranty for things, preferring to self-insure, but made an exception for a lesser-known-brand tablet. I did admire the Pandigital Nova, a more advanced tablet, but moved on.

I stopped by the Allen Radio Shack, where a nice young woman looked up my warranty. Sure enough, when I got my pandigital multi-media novel at a bargain price, I bought a one year warranty. I went home, got my
tablet, and brought it and its cord to the store. The assistant manager, a helpful man who has assisted me before, began to test the power cord. Then he checked out the battery. He figured out a way to tighten the battery connection, and got it to charge. I was very pleased to get my tablet back, as I have a really cool set of apps installed, and was not looking forward to re-doing the apps. Still, he looked up for me Radio Shack's tablets, and I found that they now carry a low-priced tablet with 2.3 and lots of features, at a very low cost even with a 2 year warranty. I am tempted to add this tablet to my arsenal.

Today I got a lot of work done. I also felt very embarrassed about an error I made in a non-work setting. Now I will dine on a peanut butter sandwich, and enjoy the evening.

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