It’s a lazy kind of Saturday afternoon, and I’m sitting outside with my tablet checking in with the world-wide web (the Internet, for the un-indoctrinated).
It’s sunny and cooler than it has been all week – thanks to some afternoon thunder showers yesterday – and life in the real world is oh, so pleasant.
In the virtual world, things aren’t as good. I tried to catch up on my article reading with my fave “e-magazine” (Live in the Philippines, of course) but ran into problems. The website comes up on my 10.1-inch screen just fine. Even my shaky finger poking doesn’t keep it from appearing. All looks great, so far.
WHAT THE ……?
Then, a poke on the button to open an article leads me straight to an error page.
Hmmm, that’s funny; that’s never happened before. All attempts at accessing articles are thwarted. The thought hits me then: Why not sign-in and do some writing? I do so – sign-in, that is – and things are looking better.
While looking at the list of articles that have been published, I try to access one. Mr. Error Page is right there with me. Oh well, let’s try starting an article. With a firmer poke of a button, I open up a new article template and, by hitting other buttons and stuff, I successfully populate all of the ancillary items, like “Category,” “Tags,” and the like. All’s good – the entries enter smoothly. Then, it’s on to entering the text.
Things don’t look quite right with the template. The text-handling toolbar is missing and, poke as much as I can, I can’t enter the text box. Well, something’s amiss in Davao, I figure, but I’m still up for writing. Guess this article will have its birth in my word processor, for upload at a later time. And so it goes. (Get well, down there in Davao!)
MORE UPDATES, AS PROMISED
I did mention that a lot’s been going on in my previous update article a couple of weeks ago. Outside of my words regarding Super Typhoon YOLANDA, all that I reported continues in an upbeat fashion. How I wish the storm’s victims could share in the joy. Prayers and donations continue their way from here, up north.
Again, I’ll use a list format, and hope for the best:
- The puppies are getting bigger – It seems as all they do are eat, play (along with causing a little trouble), and sleep. The female has come out of her cocoon of easily being frightened by everything, and it looks like she’ll be around for some time. So, it’s time for a name. We decided to call her, “Ruby” – she responds well to the New moniker. Now, the doggies number four: “Wally,” “Pauline,” “Max,” and “Ruby.” What fun!
- The orchids are really in bloom – No thanks to any effort on my part. All the glory goes to Baket ko (Asawa ko) [my Wife]. Those are her babies, and they are beautiful. Even your cranky, old scribe is speechless in their presence, and his stone-hard heart is softened by their sight. Emy placed them in pots, surrounding them with coconut husks which, she says, helps retain moisture for the roots perfectly. Seeing the results, I must agree.
- SMART-Bro can be SLOW-Bro at times, now – Things just aren’t the same as they were just prior to our “vacation vacation.” I know why, too. All along the main roads in town, it seems like almost every house and building has a SMART-Bro antenna. Too, free Wi-Fi access is provided in the town plaza, courtesy of Balikbayans in SoCal. There’s quite the “get connected” atmosphere all around, except for one crucial place: the SMART radio tower. True, they finally got the aircraft warning lights working on the tower itself, but that’s where “upgrades” end. The base station infrastructure is becoming woefully bogged down at peak user hours – after school and on weekends. Mr. SMART-Bro Man, it’s time to upgrade the hardware and increase user bandwidth.
- Our final Balikbayan Box arrived – It showed up a week early, too. My hat’s off to those hardworking and customer focus folks at FOREX Cargo! Not only quick (with the box making its way from Dayton, Ohio to Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte via Chicago, Los Angeles, Manila, and all points in between in near-record time), boxes transit Customs without delay and safely arrive in the same excellent condition they enjoyed at pick-up. We’ll definitely be sending more boxes via FOREX in the years to come.
- More Amateur (Ham) Radio? – Well, not really here, but I’m planning an upcoming article about this fascinating hobby here in the Philippines. My mentioning my new Ham Radio exploits brought on some thought-provoking comments and a lot of private messages from fellow followers of the ether and those with brand new interest, alike. So, methinks, why not spread the info around further – an article can do that. I’ll have to try to link it with an article I wrote some time back, making sure that new info outweighs the repeats.
TIME’S ALMOST UP
Time’s running out for this update. There’s still more that can be reported, but it will have to wait for another time. I’m hoping our luck holds out with all of these good things happening for us. I’m wishing, too, that a lot of it finds its way – in record time – to the Visayan areas so cruelly destroyed by Yolanda.