From the “It Figures” department… I chose not to bother picking up the leaves this weekend. Yesterday it was 50+ degrees, albeit a bit windy, and I shudda, but I didn’t wanna on account’a my having a headache and a good movie to watch. So I figured I’d get’em up next week. There’s always next week right? So imagine the joy I felt when my stupid iPhone beeped a warning last night about a Winter Storm Watch for Tuesday. Never saw that coming.
That Ma Nature, she’s kinda of a bitch if you ask me.
BTW, will not be digging away the snow to find the leaves, will wait until next spring if I have to. My only hope is that if it is going to snow in any significant quantity, it better stay on the ground until spring because I don’t want to think about what I should be doing every time I look outside when in fact I’m probably holding a warm mug of coffee and doing more of what I could be doing. Which is very little.
This time of year Minnesota weather can be a bit treacherous, people start stealing glances at long-range forecasts, Farmers Almanacs, Crystal Balls etc all trying to answer the question “how bad is the weather going to suck this year?” And while I like winter, documented well in this very space, even I occasionally find myself wondering and glancing at soothsayers prognostications about long-range snow forecasts. And no matter what long-range forecast you might care to look at and no matter what methodology might be employed to create it they all do have one thing in common, they are all wrong.
Mankind may be able to shape the land and tame the sea but when it comes to the weather.. if you believe in chaos theory you know that a butterfly passing gas on a flower Uzbekistan starts a complicated chain of events that leads to El Nino and thus Shit Happens.
I don’t subscribe to butterfly farts personally, I think weather comes from God, who rewards us and punishes us for our transgressions. My theory is this year my fellow Minnesotans are already being punished by a vengeful deity via the performance of the Vikings and Twins. Surely she won’t come after us with weather problems as well, that would be too much for us to bare. Besides the wound that is “the spring that never came” is still raw and was plenty punishment. When looking outside at a particularly heavy snow fall on May 4th the assumption many of made; “We have sinned against the Lord”. Hard to argue.
I’m happy to say that my penance has been served however, the teams in this sports lame state that I care about are doing pretty well for the time being. Or maybe setting me up for a big fall.
However, it’s still not safe to stop sacrificing virgins in volcanos. (Not that I can find one) I have clearly offended the God of Desktop Computing; Gates and his cult of Microsoft. I don’t understand this at all. I’ve been a good a loyal subject over the years, diligently paying fees for services I can get for free elsewhere, using Microsoft Office for all my end-user computing needs, using a Hotmail account…
And then last week this happened:
Hotmail.. Which I’ve been using for a long time, according to my son, too long. So long in fact that he commented in a way that was somewhat hurtful, that getting a message from me on my Hotmail account made his Israeli roommates double over in laughter. They asked him if I had dialup or used AOL. AOL? Arrogant kids.
My Mother in Law still uses AOL BTW, so I know it still exists. This is a situation where the lack of cuss words in Hebrew is a problem, thankfully my parents spoke Arabic and Arabic has a rich vocabulary for issuing offensive comments to duchewaffles. While I’m the first to admit that change sucks, I did agreed last week, after a few hundred prompts from Redmond Washington, to “upgrade” my Hotmail account to an Outlook account. Matter of fact they offered to do it for me, if I just clicked in a certain place they’d handle all the deets.
And now I have an email problem. Well, I have a couple of email problems, first of all I have to many, I have about 4. I’m always looking for “new and better” and along the way signed up many different domains. In the end they’re all the same and in 2013, sort of oldskool anyway, kids aren’t using email these days. But when my middle kid asked if I had upgraded my PC Jr to a 286 so I could use Hotmail, even I had had enough.
So I clicked.
I use a specific syntax for my email addresses; first initial-last name. All 4 domains are the same.
(except the one I use to correspond with old dying cancer patents in Africa who are trying to leave me $20M, or the widows of Nigerian oil executives trying to smuggle money out of the country, I have a special email for them. And don’t forget American serviceman who found Saddam Husain’s household checking account while on patrol in Tikrit, he needs my help to get the money out of the country, and lately 4 different folks, family and friends, have made sudden trips to the Philippines only to have their wallets stolen and now need me to wire them money to cover their hotels.. Amazing that so many people go to the same place and run into the same trouble. I correspond with all of them because I have nothing better to do)
Well best as I can tell at some point in the last year I setup an outlook.com account with my usual syntax. Set it up, didn’t use it, and promptly forgot about it, as I am, prone to do. Well, when Microsoft went to convert my Hotmail to Outlook lo and behold they found that my account name was taken (by me) and so… they setup a new using my full first and last name.
And promptly sent out my new email to everyone on my email address list. Which I said was OK failing to notice my new account address. Shame on me.
In the meantime since my mail client on my Mac and on Outlook.com have my old email already there, they setup the new email as an alias address. Built a folder for incoming mail in my list of folders and changed my outgoing SMTP server to the new address.
What they didn’t do was change my incoming server OR the settings on the account.
It’s been pretty quiet on the email front around here for the last couple weeks. Virtually no email. I thought nothing of it until I prompted a friend to respond to an email I’d sent him a week or so ago. No response. This happened with another email, then with a lodge contact. After I responded a second time that I hadn’t received an article I was looking for he called and let me know that not only had he sent the article, he’d responded to my emails, several times.
Doing a quick email search on the Mac I found his emails, in my new folder. There were 200+ emails in that folder, none of which I seen. I responded with an apology, told him the right email domain to use and selected the right domain to send from in the Apple Mail drop down box and sent it off. His reply came to the wrong box again.
Which I how I discovered that even messages sent from the “correct” account were appearing in people’s in boxes from the new account due to the server overrides.
This is such a mess I don’t think it’s fixable. I think I have to wave the white flag and just start using the new email, which sucks.
Or maybe admit that as I’m growing older the world is becoming more complicated and confusing and I should just admit defeat and start making tater tots and thinking simple thoughts. From now on I’ll write letters. Except.. I had to write about three paragraphs with a pigment based interface tool on Sunday, promptly developed a horrible cramp in my writing hand and had to relax on the sofa icing it down all afternoon.
Which what I told Mrs S was the reason I couldn’t rake. “Cramps”.
I make my own problems, it’s what I do.