The Lunch and WordPress.

The flooded creek

The flooded creek

The inability to print my writings from WordPress directly, did not get resolved. It had me flabbergasted which is easily done. Even a spontaneous ‘good morning’  from a stranger on my walk with Helvi and Milo gets me into a spin. It invites me to ponder, what have I done now again? To question another’s walker intention to a simple greeting  shows how easy it is to wallow too far in  introspection. Surely by now, one can accept things for what they are? A motley collection of not getting anywhere near understanding and truths? A hopeless individual flailing about in life’s drying rivers, his arms trying desperately to grab the overhanging weeping willow. Is this what one is doomed to?

I spare you the details of my print ‘direct from WP’ efforts and subsequent derailment from sanity. It was all futile. The language of Micro-soft is as foreign to me as Swahili. Not for me Tags and Collapsing menus, Browsers and Internet Explorers, Tools and Http’s, IClouds and Dreamweaving.

I just remembered in time a good friend that loves computers and who has helped us before, solving stressful problems, including mind- boggling technical manoeuvres for us. Yet a few presses here and there by our friend and the nightmare problem gone.  The deftness of our grandkids when we are faced with an insurmountable glitch on an IPhone we struggled with for hours are resolved without even looking up from what they are busy with. What hope for us? Our grandkids look at us now with barely hidden mirth and knowing glances to each other. Poor Opa, he is starting to slip. He had a hard life! I don’t tell them that I have been slipping ever since I shunned anything more complicated than yes or no, on or off, warm or cold. At their dawning we encourage them too and explore and find out thing by themselves. They too will travel and experience both the sun, shade and storms of life.

As predicted, when our friend arrived it was over in no time. Instead of Internet Explorer I have to go now to do a Google Chrome. Google Chrome is a web-browser. How does anyone know this? What secret  exchanges of Internet knowledge goes on without our knowledge? Do experts meet in the dark wearing gabardine worsted rain coats under dripping awnings,  giving funny handshakes and knowing glances?

When all the Google Chrome changeover was finished we had lunch at The Emporium pub. Our computer friend and Helvi chose barramundi fish with chips and salad. I chose the two sausages with mash and avocado mixed with Dijon mustard. A nourishing highly aromatic sample of this dish was already waiting for a customer under a hot-keeping light. Smoke was seen curling up from the brown sausages as from an old comfortable weatherboard’s  chimney, waiting under an ageing tree with leaf litter and some kindling.  It smelt delicious and the mash was equal sauced in brown gravy.  At times, the lure of a well proven dish becomes very attractive to a man who is slipping. I have senior times now where I lose courage and the fortitude  required for a pork belly or strips of exotic marinated puffer-fish with brandy jelly.

We waited at our table  for the buzzer to start vibrating. In the meantime, a waiter whose kitchens and menus are his domain, spoke to us. His face was deeply lined and I knew why. He worked very hard setting up his latest venture, a real Italian pizza café. He wanted to know what we thought of his new wood-fired pizzas. He imports  special milled flour and tomatoes from Italy and uses the finest of ingredients. Imported Portuguese anchovies, the best of lean strips of wood smoked black forest ham with prosciutto and speck with enough of a rind to be a challenge for kids who go for ‘the meat-lover’ variety. The pizzas get served up on a  polished wooden plate and are the finest in town. There are at least four pizza places now.

There might be other reasons for his lined face. People go through life dealing with hard issues never mentioned in everyday banter. ‘Oh, I am fine when asked, really good lately’. ‘How are you?’ Oh, yah, really good. Tops really, could not be better!’

We can never be sure, but bravely keep going like most of us. Laughter helps.


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27 Responses to “The Lunch and WordPress.”

  1. bkpyett Says:

    This I can empathise with, computer talk really baffles me! Loved the sound of your wood fired pizzas and one can’t go past a bangers and mash! 🙂

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  2. auntyuta Says:

    I looked this up in WordWeb!
    Puffer-fish: Delicacy that is highly dangerous because of a potent nerve poison in ovaries and liver!
    The flooded creek picture looks like it may have been taken fairly recently. 🙂


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      The photo was taken a couple of days ago at the peak of rain. It went even higher after the next rain storm. The puffer fish is highly toxic but does get served up in some expensive restaurants overseas. A kind of gourmet Russian Roulette.

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  3. berlioz1935 Says:

    Loved this blog because it is so insightful. One needs philosophy to deal with the life of ours. You seem to have the right attitude but you are not sure that you do.

    Your attitude to the computer seem to have stuck in its beginning. Only a small percentage of user use Internet Explorer. You have to keep it in reserve in case you have to re-download Google Chrome.

    I love Google Chrome. Years ago I used Firefox, but that became a nuisance with bugs and ads etc. I know, they handover everything you do to the NSA and try to misdirect you. But I hardly ever search for anything commercial.

    I prefer the pizza to the Puffer-fish any time.

    I love the photo, it looks so European.

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  4. gerard oosterman Says:

    A big question remains about life’s foibles dealt us by circumstance so often beyond our control. I’ll know I am still here while continuing to question and write words down that might still bubble up.
    The photo is taken a stone throw from our town-house. Milo keeps dragging us there because of the ducks that he flushes out of the reeds. His greatest triumph is when he succeeds, and a duck will fly up into the sky.
    Peter, I really like your Berlin end of war memories as told from your mother’s diary. They are priceless and should be published as you are doing in WP but perhaps also in book form.

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  5. Carrie Rubin Says:

    Even if much computer technology sails by you, the fact you blog is impressive all on its own. Many people would have no clue how to edit and publish posts. I help my mother and stepfather with their iPads and phones when I visit, but I think it’s cool a septuagenarian and an octogenarian are using these devices at all. They’re constantly on them. Technology didn’t leave them in the dust, and it hasn’t you either. 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I find is amazing when old people can use the internet and IPhones. By and large, Microsoft and Apple seem to aim their designs for younger people who use it for giving them a pseudo life.
      I am waiting for a senior friendly design, with an on and off button and no updates. Something like my electric juicer or coffee bean grinder, electric blanket.

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  6. Yvonne Says:

    I think I might abandon Internet Explorer and go with Google Chrome, full time. I might ditch Outlook (for Hotmail) also. It’s down very often, (like a nymphomaniacs knickers!).

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Google Chrome has its own button down the bottom of my screen but I still have the Internet Explorer choice as well which I find amazing. Most times the slightest change in my ‘applications’ results in sending many things into outer space.
      I like your referral to Nymphomaniacs knickers. Are they on Google Chrome too?

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  7. rod Says:

    All these people who can solve computer problems without looking up from their iPhones will be totally lost in the event of a power cut – not to mention the aftermath of a major environmnetal disaster.

    (I have to confess here that I use a Chromebook, an elegant, simple – and cheap – solution to my computing needs. Sorry to use the word ‘solution’.)


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I was advised to Google Chrome some years back but never understood the need for it or why it was a better solution. I mean, I was given the reasons, but computer language escapes me or rather, I escape from ‘it’ and used the time for a nap instead..


  8. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Charlie would be thrilled with the occasional duck flying in his face.

    I vote for bangers and mash also. Nothing better on a cold rainy day.
    I ditched Internet Explorer for Firefox. So far it is serving me well. I can now print from WP, although I put my blogs on flash drive. All other writings go on a separate flash.

    You are far more advanced than you imagine. You can put music and/or youtube on. I tried some music once, and what I chose, chose not to connect. Trying to learn to make my site more decorative takes too much of my time. What you see is what you get!


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      What we see on your site Kayti is always wonderful and does not need embellishing. Putting on some music on my blog probably gets their (there) by accident rather than by any intentional cleverness.
      When I am with people who know even less than I do, I sometimes casually throw in a term sa, ‘Search Engine’ or using my ‘Main Browser’ even a ‘pardon me, madam, but how is your ‘WordPad’ going?’

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  9. algernon1 Says:

    I find laughter helps. If I have computer problems I call on Junior, he works in the industry. I like the idea of wood fired pizzas in Bowral, do the have the “gourmet” selection?


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thank Algy,
      Yes, my grandsons are amazingly good at solving computer glitses. I can’t follow it anymore. They do it so quickly and I end up feeling a bit like I used to feel when doing an exam in front of a strict teacher strolling though the rows of desks with his arms folded on his back.


  10. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Gerard you are not alone with computer problems. But I’m not understanding why you can’t print or is it post from WP. I have no problem writing or posting in WP. It’s when I need to pull photos from my Windows library that WP says to upgrade to Google or Firefox. I have Google chrome but lately it wants me to sign in and I don’t have the foggiest idea about my password. It’s strange how things keep changing and frankly sometimes I get a bit paranoid about all the crap that is thrown out by some of these programs.

    I use Internet Explorer for getting to my email and Yahoo is my home base. Yahoo does get nutty now and then but generally that happens if I have a bug on my computer.

    I had a computer geek install a different virus, firewall and, malware protection system on my computer. She told me that the then new system had never failed her so I went with that one. So far it’s good.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Ivonne, Thank you for your trouble.
      I could only not print from WP. Everything else it would print. That was the problem.
      It is, I am sure because, during the night, Microsoft was secretly and without permission, sneeking in updates. WP might not keep up with those upsdates.

      Everything is in flux and changing as I speak. Nothing is static anymore. I caught Microsoft doing those updates during the night. I would wake up and my room fully aglow with my computer switched on and the screen all blue with the message ‘ updates being installed, do not switch off’.

      Before I go to sleep now I switch my computer off at the power point hopefully foiling Microsoft’s dastardly plotting away at how to install all those rotten updates.

      I don’t want updates. If anything I want downdates back to earlier times when the world was simpler and more friendly and people would greet each other and be of goodwill and have empathy, understanding and pat dogs, feed ducks and blow dandelions and kids would be looking for four leafed clover.

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  11. Jackie Says:

    I don’t have much to say other than I love my iPhone, iPad, and my desktop computer. I often use them simultaneously for various different reasons. I got my first computer in 1988 – it’s amazing how far they have come since then.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Our late son had a commodore 64 when still very young. Before that had small hand held games. When he grew up he was an expert on computers, used to help solve many of out glitzes.
      Now our grandsons are experts while we just look on totally puzzled by the speed on how they move around the screen.

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  12. Patti Kuche Says:

    Printers are pesky enough at the best of times.


  13. Forestwoodfolkart Says:

    I like the downdates idea. I’m fairly sick of the updates thing too. Aren’t they embarrassed that they have to keep sending updates to repairs bugs in their software? Can’t they get it write before issuing it to begin with…. I often forget about trying to load websites that stubbornly refuse to work, in Chrome as well. Thanks for the reminder this post gives me.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, there are websites that are beyond reach for me. I still use internet explorer but change to Chrome when printing from WP.
      I like downdates when things were simple such as how a bicycle works by peddling driving a chain around a wheel or a pencil sharpener, a cloth peg, trouser belts etc.

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  14. Master of Something Yet Says:

    I am glad you are no longer randomly exploring the internet and have found the shiny world of Chrome. Here is what the other web browsers think of IE:


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