almost dead battery

Is not something you want to discover in any item critical to your life, sanity, or transportation. In my case, it is my MAC. Over the last couple of weeks I noted that it wasn’t charging past 80%, then 75%, then headed downwards. Not good. The other thing that wasn’t good was the discovery that the systems clock was steadily losing time. It was topped off yesterday morning when I woke up the computer to find that it thought it was 0001. Right, just a minute after midnight.

Trust me – I am not up, working on a laptop at that time of night.  

After working my way through the Apple support site yesterday, I had been able to make a service appointment at the Emeryville Apple store in early afternoon. I managed to get there early, smart enough to drive along the frontage road of I80 and enjoying the fact that I was not stuck in the traffic at a standstill on the other side of the barrier.  The lovely IT woman helping me has worked in their tech support for the past nice years.  (We also had a side discussion about knitting and walked her through my incredibly simple garter square blanket pattern. )

She was able to quickly confirm that yes, my battery was dying and needed to be replaced.  Still no clue about the system clock which may turn out to be another serious worry. Lovely. Since this MAC wasn’t listed in my device list, she looked it up – 2019. Oh – yes, I had purchased it when I was in grad school at UC Hastings (Now UC San Francisco School of Law or some such).  Five years. $250 to replace the battery vs $2k to replace the MAC.  

No choice there. But I won’t get it back till next week Monday. Given a choice between having it shipped back and picking it up? No, not letting a carrier drop kick it into my driveway where it can be run over. Meanwhile, I am without my computer. 

Arriving home – stitching seemed to be in order. But, until I remember how to really cut, edit and transfer information from my iPhone to a PC – pictures are going to be lacking.



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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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