adventures in dysthymia

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cold Again?

I’ve become a bit fixated on my music the last couple weeks, practicing, learning or relearning songs, even a little song writing. As a result, there is no progress on the novel or other fiction. Maybe a break was a good idea anyway.

Most of the winter I could barely play. My hands were stiff and swollen through the cold weather and they’re only now getting to where I can start sounding like my old usual inept self. I really don’t do well in the cold. Shoot, I had to leave the venue I visited on Sunday halfway through the show because the air conditioning was making it hard for me to breathe. I don’t like AC and it has bothered me more and more in recent years.

Oh well, I guess living on a sun-baked beach is out of reach for me. At least at the moment. But I reckon I can camp there some this summer.

Alas, we are dropping into the mid-thirties tonight. There was a horrendous thunderstorm last night, maybe the worst I've ever seen here, and loads of rain. Needless to say, the lunar eclipse was not visible. Now the front that was fueling it has passed through and cold winds are shaking the place.

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With regards to my mention of maybe switching to Yahoo’s simpler, cookie-cutter, online website builder — ‘Site Solution’ — I checked it out and it is quite inadequate to my needs. So I needed to either try to get their SiteBuilder working properly or switch to editing html and just upload my pages. I like the flexibility of a designer-oriented software, rather than having to write html, but I need to be able to depend on whatever I use.

Fortunately, reinstalling (with a slightly updated version) and mucking about with Java got the program working again and the site is all updated (but needs work). Still, I’m seriously considering going to a simple html editor, even if it doesn’t let me design ‘on the fly’ like SiteBuilder. I hate to have to plan ahead!

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