Yesterday – for it was yesterday when all this happened – I had one of those afternoons which provided me with lots of opportunities for losing my cool. I didn’t and for that I am quite proud of myself. When Gaz and I went to bed last night it was well after midnight and I sat in bed and wrote a post but didn’t quite finish it.
I woke this morning to a text from a friend in New Zealand who was told today that she has cancer. Perspective can be a wonderful thing and after a long phone conversation all of a sudden the fact that I didn’t save the post before I closed down Palin last night seems completely unimportant.
So what was my irritation yesterday? Quite simply: computers and printers and cellphones. Gaz needed to copy and scan some forms in the morning and the printer and Henry (the PC) just couldn’t get on together for some reason. However Palin and the printer were quite happy except that it seemed that new cartridges were needed. New cartridges didn’t solve the problem and it looks as if, after spending ages getting the printer operating on both computers, the print head is dead. Irritating (and costly). I shall try the other printer this morning. I also decided to download some music to my cellphones so that I could use them as MP3 players in the car to save having to take/remember my iPod every time. Could I get the software to function correctly? In a word: no. Gaz had fortunately for him gone out for the afternoon!
A few years ago I so craved for life to be simpler. I still do. But now my life seems more complicated than ever. And all because I have this belief that computers and cellphones and things that ‘aid’ communication are so important. They are. But gosh do they occupy time when they are being recalcitrant. Perhaps I should just sit at my roll-top desk with my huge array of fountain pens (I love fountain pens) and write letters.
If I did that, however, how much poorer my life would be. I would not have met some of you, dear readers, for a start!
PS: The afternoon might have been frustrating but Gaz and I had a great evening. Mushrooms stuffed with Charley Barley’s black pudding, fillet steak with béarnaise sauce and asparagus, my special brulée and cheese and biscuits with a fine old port. After dinner we sat and watched the special election edition of Have I Got News For You which I had recorded. Good food, good wine and, most importantly of all, the company of a good friend. What more could any man want?
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