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Bad stretch of road…

Downer, as we used to say in the ’60’s… I went to Best Buy to pick up my new laptop, back from repair, only to be told they tested it when it came in and it still has the same problem and won’t take a charge.

Needless to say, it’s gone back to their repair center, and I am bummed.

I’ve become very used to writing on that laptop, set it up perfectly, and enjoy the hell out of the keyboard, which is the very reason I bought it. I can work on my desktop, as I’m doing right now, but it isn’t the same.

We become used to our own way of doing things, and when everything is just right, the flow is natural, organic. I’d compare it to taking photographs with a camera you know so well that all your concentration is on the composition in the viewfinder, everything else happening naturally without the need to think about it.

That’s how well I’ve bonded with that laptop…


I hope they get it right this time, and get it back to me in a reasonable amount of time.

On a more positive note, I went to see the new Halloween movie on its opening weekend, and I was positively impressed with it. I wrote an opinion on Facebook:

I really enjoyed the new Halloween… let’s see if I can do this without revealing too much for those who haven’t seen it yet. Michael Myers is more brutal than ever, and Jamie Lee Curtis is the epitome of a woman’s inner strength as Laurie Strode, Survivor. She’s sacrificed everything in her life in order to not only be prepared, but to also prepare her daughter, firmly believing that Michael is not done yet. And, she’s right. Michael isn’t done by any stretch of the imagination, and his age (now 61) doesn’t slow him down at all. He’s a juggernaut, tearing through anything (or anyone) in his way as he heads to his ultimate goal. There is one nit that I’d pick, though… the doctor that took up Michael’s care when Dr. Loomis died leaves a LOT to be desired in general, and his actions in one crucial scene stretch “Suspension of Disbelief” much too far, even for the most ardent Halloween fan. Despite that scene, the character of Dr. Sartain is distinctly unlikable, and makes the memories of Donald Pleasance’s “Sam Loomis” all the more valuable to those of us that sat in theaters when the original first came out. Beyond that nit, this is a solid story, a worthy successor to John Carpenter’s 1978 original, and brings closure to a saga spanning four decades. The final showdown between Laurie and Michael is one for the ages, and is more than worth the price of admission. Yes, I have made space on the Blu-Ray shelf in anticipation for its eventual release… this one bears more than a single viewing. If you’ve read this far, you need to turn off the computer, put the phone on your pocket, close the tablet, and GO SEE HALLOWEEN! You can thank me later…

So, I guess I’ll continue enjoying the season, watching the horror films they take out of the closet every October, jot down any new ideas that come my way and wait for my laptop to come home, as Michael did, so I can get back to work.

Sleep well…

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