I owe readers in Dearing an apology. In last week's edition of our paper, a cutline under a front page picture of the Dearing Centennial Celebration said more pictures of the event could be seen on our website. Well, my computer was damaged in a lightning storm. I didn't lose those pictures, but I did lose the capability of putting them on the website. Hopefully, that problem is fixed by the time you are reading this. Please continue to check the website for the pictures.
I am not "tech" savvy. So, it was quite entertaining when certain programs on my computer went out and I had to describe the situation via telephone to a tech support person. I'm a professional writer who knows better than to use vague words such as thingy, it and stuff. But those are about the only terms in the "computer" category of my vocabulary. I had to fight off a panic attack when Mr. Tech Support tried walking me through trouble-shooting and diagnosing the problem. Thankfully, Morris Communications has a good tech support team with an enormous amount of patience.
My trouble-shooting caper revealed my computer basically is no longer of any use. Ever since I began working at The Mirror, I've worked on a laptop connected via docking station to a large-screen monitor and keyboard. This supposedly is good for reporters, because they can take the laptop to events and write stories as they are happening.
So, Mr. Tech Support thought he was telling me bad news that he had to transfer my "stuff" from the laptop hard drive onto a desk top computer. But it didn't bother me because I'm an old-fashioned reporter who still uses a spiral-bound pad of paper and ink pen. Most of the time, the laptop stayed on my desk. And I'm more accustomed to the bulkier, desktop computers, because that's what I use at home.
With the problem diagnosed and a solution on the horizon, I was able to go about my usual business. Later that evening, I attended a Lifeway event at Sweetwater Baptist Church for church musicians. It took me a few minutes to "adjust" because I was there for myself, not to cover it for the newspaper. But the out-of-my-comfort-zone feeling didn't last very long because Sweetwater's Music Minister, Tom Dowler, and everyone else there was so nice. I had printed music of all sorts at my fingertips, someone to answer questions, and a wide variety of music to listen to on an iPod. We even got to sing along. It just couldn't get any better. Then, they started giving away door prizes. I got excited because some of them were pretty nice. When my name was called out, I laughed. I had just won a laptop carrying case.