Thursday, January 10, 2008
Close to Nowhere
I admit it. I have too many new gadgets and my brain has fried.
I never thought the words “too many new gadgets” could ever come from me, but I need to face it. I’m on gadget overload.
Pop has learned over the past 37 years that he and I don’t have the same taste in Christmas presents. I like them — he either can’t remember, or gets me the same thing he got last year and it wasn’t perfect then either.
He’s solved the problem nicely though — now he gives me money!
As some of you may remember, after a visit to my sister in Missouri, I came home and ordered a Garmin for my car — she’d gotten one for Christmas from her son.
Last Thursday, shortly after ordering my new Garmin with my Christmas money, I was happily quilting away on a Levi quilt for the imminent arrival of a new baby — “Levi” — to a close family friend.
My needle broke as I was stitching away. I wasn’t worried at first. I’ve broken many a needle, including one in the end of my finger.
But I couldn’t get the tip of the needle out of the machine “works.” Neither could Pop. I’ve always said, “if Pop can’t fix it, it can’t be fixed.” I sure wish I hadn’t always said that...
I was hoping that my new Garmin would come before I had to make the hideous trip to Memphis/Cordova to the Pfaff dealer. Of course, it didn’t.
The Pfaff dealer, who is a very nice man that I’ve used for years, wasn’t very optimistic about repairs on the Pfaff. “Something” had broken in the “works” — that’s what had broken the needle and locked everything up.
I left Memphis Sewing Machine Co. with a new Baby Loc. A computerized Baby Loc.
Now, my Pfaff was computerized and had lots of buttons, etc. But it was, comparatively speaking, old and outdated. It didn’t even have “needle down.” (When you stop sewing the needle stays “down” in the fabric.)
My daughter had gone with me and we were both in a hurry to get home. I wanted to play with my Baby Loc and she had gotten a brand-new spinning wheel (she spins and knits, Remy weaves and Meredith and I sew.)
My Garmin was waiting on me when I got home — what should I play with first?
The Baby Loc won — I set it up and after a few experiments, I’m terrified of it.
So, off to play with the Garmin.
My new Garmin can’t find the new Hwy. 7 — it keeps trying to make me drive on the Old Hwy. 7. It won’t even acknowledge that there is a new Hwy. 7.
I don’t know what to do now. I’m scared to sew and I can’t drive on a non-existent highway.
I wish I drank...
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