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Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up Without The  Knowledge Of This Government Office…

Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up Without The  Knowledge Of This Government Office…

Unbeknownst to me, my fifth and last child, twenty-four years of age, has never set foot inside a United States Post Office. This came to my attention last night when he called to say he had ordered something online that he needed to return. “How do I do this? Where do I go? How much does it cost?”


I keep telling myself I wasn’t a bad mother. I had taught him the more important facts of life – how to do laundry, iron, make a bed, sweep, dust, do dishes, and cook eggs. I’m not sure if he practiced what I preached though. His sisters will tell you he is my favorite and I coddle him. Not true. He’s just my favorite son…


On the other hand, he has grown up in a world of technology and snail mail wasn’t  on his agenda. Packages ordered have been delivered right to his front door and music and computer programs are installed instantly online. 


Now I’m second guessing myself and wondering if he has ever been in a public library. Books could be ordered online or sent electronically to almost any electronic device since the time he was remotely interested in reading, and then it was mostly the reading of music which isn’t usually available in the public library.  Music libraries have been his priority. He visits the bookstore at school only when he is in dire need of something yesterday. 


So if you haven’t done it already, head on over to your local post office and show your kids around. They may thank you one day…

~Elle

♫♫A VERY SCARY BEDTIME STORY♫♫

♫♫A VERY SCARY BEDTIME STORY♫♫

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If my laptop has its way I won’t be around very much! Something I did yesterday set off the bells and whistles!

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Each new pop-up has a catchy little ditty playing as box after box appears making it impossible to keep up with crossing off the X’s!

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Annoyed with this latest computer disaster, I ran a virus scan on McAfee and after a fretful forty minutes I received this message – YOUR COMPUTER IS SECURE – NO ACTION IS REQUIRED. Secured my A*%! There’s something scurrying  around in there messing up my laptop and my day. 😦

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I googled and I searched and I ranted and I complained. I watched video’s on the subject, read through numerous forums, and still dug a little deeper. It was all to no avail.

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I searched for a number for  contact – some kind of contact – a human voice, a helping hand. It had to be a problem with McAfee. After all I kept getting this message – WARNING: Suspicious Site – Whoa! Are you sure you want to go there?  – from the McAfee site advisor. Yes, I’m sorry to say, but your blog sites, my blogger friends, were all included in the advice to stay away as I tried to catch up on my weekly reading and commenting. Please say it’s not true!

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Even on the McAfee site I would get a red – yes, RED – warning message. It was that dreaded red box. Acck! What is going on? See? It had to McAfee. Or at least that’s what I thought. This is scary- right?

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Beware of what's beyond!

Beware of what’s beyond!

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Between the music and the windows jumping helter-skelter, I finally found a number. Quickly, before it disappeared behind another box I punched the numbers into my phone.

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A live voice! Some human contact! Almost two hours later it was explained to me in a language I could hardly grasp that McAfee wasn’t my problem and my computer had not been infected with a deadly virus. What was it? I honestly couldn’t tell you because that technology talk goes in one ear and out the other without stopping for a hello or a good-bye! Seems like it’s some kind of registry problem, fake downloaded programs (How the heck did that happen?), and windows is not updating. The bottom line? They wanted to charge me $399.00 to fix it and give me five years of updates or $249.00 for a fix with one year of updates.

!!!Whoa! WARNING – RED FLAG!!!

(This was my take on the subject.)

I had learned a bit about what was going on behind the scenes through that two-hour phone call and went into my settings, changed my internet settings from MEDIUM to HIGH, deleted all the fake programs he had pointed out to me, and then restarted my computer. All was working just fine when I went to bed. This morning after a fitful night of nightmares about the problem, I booted up and all went well until I decided to post a tweet! After fiddling with the settings a bit I found out I couldn’t tweet if the internet settings were set to high. 😦 Oh well, I don’t tweet that much anyway and I can always use my phone for that! I’ll probably be looking for a repair person soon. Who knows, something else may crop up during the day!

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That is pretty annoying isn’t it?

Elle

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