"Art is a kind of illness." — Giacomo Puccini

Mom’s IT guy


I spent the past week visiting my parents in San Diego. My mother’s computer had a complete meltdown a few weeks ago. We decided to get her a Mac, since in my experience they have much fewer of these kinds of problems. So, of course, she needed her IT guy to come visit to get her data off her old computer and set up her new computer.

Anyway, as these things tend to go, as prepared as I thought I was when I arrived, I discovered I needed different tools in order to get her data. The things I’ve learned through the process of trial and error really have saved us a lot of money. They just take up so much time. As it turned out, her PC hard drive was fine. The logic board had to be replaced, along with the fan.

So now Mom is all up and running again on Facebook, where she spends even more hours each day than I do. She’s completely involved with her Facebook Farm App, which I completely do not understand. I think what she likes most about her new Mac is that she can go into the Apple Store near her home for help if or when she needs it. With her old PC, she spent hours on her cell phone talking to a call center on the other side of the world. It was more than a little frustrating, and, frankly, expensive in terms of using her cell phone minutes.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love my parents, and it’s always nice to visit.  As long as I don’t get the frantic IT calls, all will be well on my end. I was also able to take my dad out for a nice steak dinner to celebrate his birthday, so it wasn’t all work. Here’s a nice picture we took at the beach on my last day in town.

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