i love the summer.
i have 4 computers i use. i wish i could tell you my life was simpler than that but i can’t. i wish i could tell you that i knew how to manage my apple id’s but i’ve basically got 4 of those too, in my family…. complicated.
i am sad to report that i started this blog on my macbook for reasons not worth explaining here but it basically has to do with my apple contacts list vs my google contacts list. you know what? forget about it “not being worth explaining,” i’m going to get into it….
i tried switching over exclusively to gmail. i got the app and tried to get all my contacts moved over. as weeks went by i found myself not knowing how to copy a photo in an email to my phone, or changing the subject line in a series of emails, or adding a contact easily once they emailed me… and while i can only assume that google has these things worked out in some easy ‘once you know how’ way, i didn’t have the extra time or energy to research it and learn it. so i found myself back to my apple mail, so happy with the layout and familiarity. and the gmail app and the apple mail app then sat side by side for a while on the bottom of my iphone… and now it has happened i have switched back to apple mail. i know how to add and update contacts easily and i have to do that each week. anyway, recently i’ve added 10 or so new email addresses to my apple contacts and so i grabbed this computer because it can access those email addresses while the chrome book cannot because i have not also added those new contacts to my gmail contacts.
AND- here’s the punch line- here’s the part that drives me through the roof- i have had the damn computer send me to previous places in the text 5 times in this post already. THEREFORE- i am stuck still needing to either learn to like my gmail experience better, or spin my wheels switching between my apple contacts and my macbook and my chrome book… and then there’s the rotten imac that has had 3 hard drives in 5 years and still has its way with me now and then….. i tell you it is difficult to switch from one computer universe to another. i am so embedded in my apple world that learning the google universe is taxing my slightly cobwebbed brain. but i will now save a draft of this and then switch to google’s chrome book writing machine….
and here it is living on this machine too. how nice. i should mention the complexity about the plug: i was moving this chrome book early in the summer to the beach. somehow in the move the plug was lost. this is weird. how does one lose a plug between one house and another? so, that’s ok, it’ll turn up right? wrong. i wait for it to “turn up” all summer. i look in the cars. both houses. no plug. i wait. no plug. but my son has the same machine so we share a plug. it’s just temporary, just until my plug surfaces…..
so finally it becomes a burden to always find HIS plug and “borrow it” to charge MY computer. he’s 11 and it turns out it is a huge deal to him. he decides to charge me a .50 fee for charging. funny right, since i am paying the electric bill and i bought him the computer? no matter. i am tired of using his plug so i order my own on amazon for $20. it finally arrives but i ordered the wrong one. i ordered the chome book 5 plug but turns out i have a chrome book 3 (this is a simplification of a long series of letters and numbers that identify the kind of chrome book i own. no, let me go cut and paste the credentials… )
Pwr+® Ac Adapter for Samsung Xe303c12 Xe303c12-a01us Xe303c12-h01us Xe303c12-a01uk New Chromebook 303c Series Google Chrome Os 11.6″ 12v 3.33a 40w Notebook Laptop Charger Power Supply Cord Netbook
oh. that one. i see now
i am in the process of returning this cord and hoping that the correct cord arrives soon. (my eyes constantly checking the battery icon… )
so, even in simplifying my life with a better writing machine my life proves to be complex. i have decided that when computers are involved it is always complex. computers complicate my life.
now, about ranch dressing.
customers ask for ranch every day. any normal businessman would notice the demand for ranch and meet that demand as a way to make an extra couple bucks and please the customer. but i don’t like ranch. i don’t eat mayonnaise. and while there are lots of things i don’t like that i carry, like banana peppers and artichoke hearts and olives… i am trying to understand what is my problem with just carrying some ranch dressing for those folks… those many many folks….
well, i think it has just turned into a “thing.” we’ve gone 10 years without ranch and why should i give in now? it’s like the cash only thing. lots of people want to use their credit cards but i don’t give in to that and i sorta feel the same way about ranch and i don’t even have any real good reason. BUT, it is still now a thing. to start making ranch dressing would open up a floodgate. now people would request ranch on their satch salad. say whaaat?
so i am trying to figure out the t-shirt. an employee t-shirt. front:
back: SATCHEL”S PIZZA
but i am still unsure whether that is a good t-shirt or not. seems it could go either way.
it could be cool and fun or seem rude and aloof.
anyway, i am trying to think about a better way to connect the satchel’s pizza brand with no ranch. i’m not sure if the cash only thing is a distraction or an explainer.
was great to see richard and his people tonight and the steel wool girl. the steel wool girl had a piece of steel wool in her salad one time and i felt really bad and they seemed upset. but they keep coming in and never have had such a weird thing happen to them (or anyone else) since so that’s good. there were some new faces and kathleen taylor played the sweetest songs at lightnin. brieann is covering in LSE for jordan who is on vacation, and it was good to catch up with danny some and have a beer while listening to the folk music.
it’s getting late. i should have spent this time in the studio painting but i am sort of waiting for school to start to dive into that world like an olympian. my little brain is practically shaking as it plots and schemes the projects i have for the fall. you will start to see a mosaic tile floor happening in the screen porch. this makes me very happy. i hope to finish the mural on the new concrete walls out back and then do a mural on the wall with the stained glass by the satchel’s back door. these 3 projects will keep me busy for months and keep me enjoying the early mornings after dropping my kids at school. my wife and i take turns getting up and seeing the kids off to school and we take turns each school year and it is my year to get up. this obviously means earlier to bed, early to rise, making breakfast and trying to figure out how to work in exercise much later in the day (something i have not yet figured out…) because when i am not getting up early then i am exercising while she takes them to school and going in to work closer to lunch time…. 2 very different schedules and the getting to work early one has been much harder for me to manage in the past but this year i am feeling good. this year i am ready to embrace this and figure it out and make time for everything and not complain until at least march (instead of the january complaining of 2 years ago…….)
routines. schedules. they are something to cling to. something to be mastered. something to embrace and accept.
now is the time to end this rant and ramble. but while i am scared to discuss the topic of the satchy museum i feel like it would somehow be unfair to not mention a hint of it.
i have this dream and vision which is exciting me. as an homage to the city museum of st. louis i am inspired to build the satchy museum of gainesville. a place where art is interactive and adults become kids for a few hours. a large space that employs artist, sculptors, ceramicists, musicians and welders. a place that recycles the scraps our community wants to unload. a place where no idea is too out there, no idea is unbelievable.
i am not ruling out an indiegogo fundraiser to try and raise money to begin the dream. but the goals would be outrageous. and i have to wonder are they too outrageous?
i can’t get into it now. it’s too late and i have already said too much.
but let me finish with this abstract thought that only a few people will understand….
if the driveway slopes down into the carport, and the carport ends up filling with dirt, could one cut out a section of concrete, where the slope of the driveway meets the flat carport, and install a sloped drain with heavy duty grates on the top, that might carry the sand and the rain together, down the slope and towards the lake in the process, so that the erosion happening in my neighbors driveway, could actually be engineered in such a way, as to allow for erosion into the drain and potentially wash out the sand with the rain, thereby ridding the carport of sand? would such an idea actually work and if so how much would it cost?
in our new kitchen we got this industrial drain under our dish area. it is an 8′x6″ drain, and the grates that sit on top are strong enough for a semi-truck to roll over. this drain was $100 per foot section and maybe we only have 6′ of drain, i can’t remember…. but it catches all the dishwasher spillover and has been the best design element ever…. and so when i see the erosion on my neighbors driveway i think that this might be the best solution but i also see the cost of implementation being nearly $2000 after labor and materials…. and i’m not even sure it would work although even if sand built up in the drain it seems one could use a hose every so often to blast the sand out the drain and towards the lake….
and if none of that makes the slightest sense to you then you are normal. and if it makes a bit of sense to you then you are exceptional. and if there was a way i could fix my neighbors erosion issue and make a new friend in the process i would totally do it. why? because i like the golden rule that much. that’s why.