Cigar Indian

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Here’s LRN4 with a simulated Native American friend.  That’s LRN4 there on the left.  I’m trying to decide whether this type of thing is offensive.  I’m part Native American and I’m not offended.  Wikipedia can’t decide.  How about you, Loyal Readers?  Should I censor this Great Art?  Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam, taken during our 2012 East Coast cruise, and part of my famous Statue and Vacation series.

Happy first day of summer!  One of my favorite days of the year!  Of course, it’s also the longest day of the year, which is also one of my favorite things.  Unfortunately, that means it’s all downhill from here for the next six months.  Still, we won’t let that ruin our celebration, will we?  LRN4 and I celebrated the long, beautiful day by taking a long, beautiful walk right before sunset.  Couldn’t have been nicer.

No post yesterday and today’s post is courtesy of the Wonders of WordPress.  I was extremely busy and unable to write.  I got a new computer!  It’s another MacBook Pro – this time a fifteen-incher with the Retina display, a 2.7 GHz quad-core i7 chip, 16 GB of memory, 1 GB of video memory, and a 512 GB solid state hard drive.  It’s beautiful and unbelievably fast.  I love it.  I got the bigger screen to make it easier to program on while still remaining small and light enough to easily carry around.  Mission accomplished.

There were a few challenges moving my user account over to the new machine – everything transferred, but the email didn’t want to be upgraded to the latest version of mail.app.  It took several tries until I finally figured out that I just needed to transfer the mail folder over from the old machine again.  Lots of people have had this problem and they came up with all kinds of ways to resolve it, but this one was the easiest-looking and it worked for me.  So I’m good.

I also had lots of trouble getting Boot Camp installed.  For some reason, the Windows bootup couldn’t recognize the boot disk I had created on a thumb drive.  I tried all kinds of ways to fix that and discovered that I needed to start it with the Option key held down and select the thumb drive itself as the boot drive.  Then it was smooth sailing.

Speaking of booting, does this machine boot fast or what?  Answer: it boots fast.  Incredibly fast.  The solid-state drive has a lot to do with that, of course – it’s amazing.  Applications start effectively immediately and the thing boots in just a few seconds.  Everyone should have one of these.

I also got a new iPad on Thursday.  My old first-gen iPad was having problems.  It’s still working perfectly, but I had constant app crashes when I tried to view complex web pages.  It had become practically unusable to me.  I handed it down to LRN4, though, and it’s working great for her.  I got the 4G iPad with Retina display and 32 GB of memory.  Also got the leather cover.  It’s all beautiful, fast, and sleek.  Ought to last me another few years.  Also, they’re both used for business, so they’re deductible on my income taxes.  Hooray for owning a business!

Of course, I still need to make some income from which to write off.  Working on that now.

Anyway.  LRN4’s doing well.  She’s a little discouraged at the slow pace of improvement.  In fact, her taste buds even appear to be getting a little worse.  That’s not encouraging.  Still, I continue to see steady progress.  She’s gotten past the quick, devastating, difficult part and done amazingly well.  Now she’s up against the slow recovery.  She’s doing fine with that too, but it’s a very different thing.

On Thursday, LRN4’s white cell count was up to 8.9!  That neupogen stuff works great!  Most other numbers were great too.  Interestingly, her platelet count was also up substantially over the post-transfusion numbers from Monday.  Hopefully, that means her new stem cells are really up to speed in that area too.

No new numbers until Monday.  We’re going to the clinic, eating, sleeping, resting, walking, reading, writing, and goofing around.  Pretty good life.

I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this exciting toilet news: the world’s first toilet-themed amusement park!  Be sure to check out that sculpture garden.

See you on Monday.

2 Responses to “Cigar Indian”

  1. Shannon Says:

    Sorry, but it’s hard to take a toilet theme park seriously!

  2. Paul Says:

    Finally a theme park for me!

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