My, my Mahindra . . .

world-radio-day-2013It was the tail end of a commercial on the radio. Yes, I said ra-di-o. Could be that box on your counter, the insert in your car’s dashboard , music and talk streaming from iTunes, or the Tunein app on your smarter-than-you phone.

The thing is, I heard a word. Not just any word, not the yada, yada, blah blah, but a strange and mysterious word. Mahindra. It was magical. Magical, I tell you. Yada Yada Blah Blah  8.5x11 Background copy


The sound was pleasing, inviting and brought visions of veiled, Middle Eastern maidens garbed in exotic costumes, sequins and bejeweled belly buttons and foreheads.GlowFestBollywood-062810-BW A magic carpet ride over some wind-swept desert on a twinkling, starry night.endless_desert_at_night_by_jamieque-other I couldn’t wait to Google it, find the meaning of what was quickly becoming an obsession. I would write lyrics, hire a musician skilled in Persian and Middle Eastern Percussion.

apple-imac-27-inch-nvidia-geforce-gtx-675m-angleI sat at my iMac, my heart racing, my pulse quickening and then . . . and then my world fell apart. The joy I had sought to capture with music, the dream of a made-for-TV movie and the book tours – all gone. I was rudely awakened to the sound of a TRACTOR! A TRACTOR!


There had to be some mistake. No farm equipment should own this name. It wasn’t right, it wasn’t fair. Then I saw the video. And all was not lost. True, the name would always bring me fantasies of far-off places. But, now it would be a corn field in Nebraska corn_field2or a planting of bright red tomatoes in Sacramento.Tomatoes-Colusa-1024x682 To the delight of my ears, now and then, I would let the name Mahindra slip quietly off my tongue . . . and lament for what might have been – my, my Mahindra.



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Summer at the coast is not always the best time of year in SoCAl. We’ve had more than our share of overcast and fog. A little wandering around with my cell, a young girl sitting on our curb reading – yes, reading not padding away on some electronic gadget.

One more of Annie, the young woman who did my mani/pedi.
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Two plants which line our stairs. Both with my cell, the bright blooms were not enhanced, just the spiky one.

The sun has finally made an appearance, perhaps it will grace our skies a few more days.

The loss of a faithful companion . . .

It’s been a little over a week since I lost Mac. The signs were there, sleeping a deep sleep and barely able to wake-up. Totally unresponsive to commands. Sometimes a cloud of blackness, then a blue blinking haze and Mac slipped into a coma. I was sad, a glimmer of hope was offered.  Did  I want to spend the money and put Mac in the hands of an expert. Yes.

Then the dreaded phone call. Bad news, Nothing could be done. Would I like them to take care of disposing of Mac?  Please,  I couldn’t bare to look at that face which had brought me so much pleasure. Had been faithful to me through all my trials and errors.

So Mac was sent into the dust bin of history, actually my Mac went to the e-waste recycling center. A lump in my throat and a tear in my eye and I was off to

Best Buy to buy a brand new iMac. But, my old friend’s memories are still here, I had saved his hard work on my Passport and those images and files are now a part of my new companion. So far, very little conflict between the two.

Unless you are an Apple nut, you may not understand the affection/affliction we have for our Macs.

Somewhere in the Galaxy –


If you think you’ll be reading about the discovery of a new planet, or solar system, you can stop now. 

       Since the Androids hit the market, my daughter has been urging me to get with the program. She has a smart phone, and was also a Virgin Mobile customer. I kept putting it off, didn’t need it – way too expensive. Who needed to check email, Facebook, Drudge Report, etc. on their phone, anyway. My iMac did fine.Virgin-Mobile-logo-web

But then, I fell in love with the sleek Samsung Galaxy S2. One little problem,  it a $600 phone. Well, not one to jump on anything at full price, except groceries at WalMart, I decided to wait. Play the game until  the next generation was out. Then came Cyber Monday and what looked like a great deal – $369, I think. Still too

The next offer, $329.00 good only until Jan. 17th.  Something told me to wait until the last day of the sale. Bingo, the Galaxy S2 went on sale for 24 hours only at $230.00. 

I know it will drop more, but I had a plan. Actually, my husband had a plan. He had the PayLo plan, $20.00 every 3 months and he barely used 10 minutes a month. Over the years, the cash in his account kept accumulating. The policy was, when you reached $400.00, Virgin Mobile would take the cash and you would have to start over with a balance of $20.00. I think they have changed that this new year.

        I emailed support and asked if we could use that cash to buy a new phone,

        Surprise – ‘yes you can.’ But not an iPhone. 

     Just like a new baby, there are additional expenses.The phone is gorgeous, big screen with brilliant color. But, with all the bells and whistles, that Galaxy is a power hungry beast. Naturally, I ordered a spare battery, a car battery charger, screen protectors, case, and data transfer cable.200397812-001

The phone came with a users manual – right. Two languages and nice shiny paper. Bare basics on how to use. My daughter said that was because so many people have these smart phones and know how to navigate with them. Complaining about the battery depletion when hardly using the phone, she downloaded “Task Killer.” Well, I am always checking and found out that Juice Defender had great reviews, off I went on my iMac downloaded the app to my phone from there. My husband would call it magic. JuiceDefender-Banner

Last week I mentioned to my teenage grandsons that I finally bought a new phone. My daughter-in-law piped up and asked, “Did you get one of those AARP phones?  GetPhoneGalleryImageI was so smug when I pulled out my Galaxy S2. “What are you going to do with that,” she asked. Come on, what am I not going to do – within reason that is.

         Have a problem, ask a question – anything you need to know about this phone is at your fingertips online.  I do have to wonder  though, why do so many people upload videos on Youtube showing the ‘unboxing’ ceremony?


FRIDAY DRABBLE – The i’s have it.

“ I am great, absolutely upper crust.  Agreed, i?”

“Not again. The lowest of the low, that’s what I thinks of me” muttered i concentrating on his apple. “I is a thief. Someday the world will know,” grumbled i as he got to the core of the matter.

“You’ll never have the fan base I have, why I have millions of people depending on my information. Without I, who would be able to spread sheets and . . . .  Well, what do you have to say for yourself, i?”

“Just  . . .  iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iCloud, a million apps – need I go on, said i.”

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My  iMac has a built-in mic, most of the time it’s okay. I bought a cheap mic from China on eBay, but it didn’t work. After some discovery, I found that a Mac needs a USB mic.  That’s when  I got Blue, no not depressed,but  a product called – The Blue Snowball.  One of the best USB microphones out there. If you have a Mac and use iMovie or Final Cut,  Skype or are podcasting,  then having better audio  is desirable.

There are a ton of videos on Youtube about getting Blue – mostly by kids, as usual. I’ll post one so you have an idea of my Blue situation.  This mic looks like a little space cadet, I chose a white Blue to go with my iMac,  must be color- coordinated.

Don’t pay $100.00 as an Apple retailer, go to Amazon and pick yours up for $51.99 – Blue is happy with a Mac or a PC.

Apple Earnings: Apple Delivers Blowout Results as iPad Sales Soar – CNBC

Apple Earnings: Apple Delivers Blowout Results as iPad Sales Soar – CNBC.

Selling more than an Apple a day - good for Jobs.