Tonight, while listening to Doc Watson’s flying bluegrass fingers play “Blackberry Blossom,” I thought of an old friend, a musician. He plays a mean version of that tune.
About a month ago, he contacted me, out of the blue. He had escaped a bad marriage and worse divorce with nothing but his instrument and clothing. We traded a few e-mails, but I was busy and said I would get back with him. Tonight, I found his address and sent him an e-mail. I got an immediate reply.
“Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently.”
Oh God. I hope he’s okay.
Three days ago, I wrote about my state quarter obsession, and how it helps me fend off the gathering gloom.
Since finding the Oklahoma quarter mentioned in that post, I have found two more Philadelphia Mint state quarters: Colorado and Montana. In the preceding year, I only found three that I could add to the collection.
Part of me wants to attribute this to a mystical form of karmic fulfillment; my inner skeptic insists that it’s mere coincidence.
Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate my inner skeptic. But when it comes to my emotional outlook, I gotta follow the karma.
I received an Oklahoma state quarter as change the other day. I got excited; it was a Philadelphia Mint, one of the ones I was missing. Living in Denver, it’s easy to find Denver mint state quarters, but to complete the collection, I need both Denver and Philadelphia mint.
Some of you are probably saying, “This dude gets excited about finding quarters? He needs to get a life.” A fair conclusion, I suppose.
But I say that I must find joy in the little things. It’s the only way to fight off the overwhelming, dark, rumbling things on the horizon.
Found at my friend Chuck Anderson’s blog:
Which science fiction writer are you?
Ursula K. LeGuin
Perhaps the most admired writing talent in the science fiction field.
Yes, it’s a completely non-scientific, silly little Internet quiz, but I’m flattered nonetheless.
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This is the last straw. Over the last year, I’ve had repeated downtime problems with my web hosting company, and this morning, one of my clients sent me a note, saying that his site was down. Sure enough, his blog database is down, as are all the other blogs I host.
Not just down, though. Gone. All of the MySQL tables in all of my hosted databases, just gone. I’m posting this while I wait for them to restore from backup, assuming they have one.
Anybody know a reliable, inexpensive web hosting company?