I’ve taken a brief hiatus from posting for a couple of reasons. First, MD was in charge of the auction board the annual gala thrown to raise funds for the Santa Barbara Choral Society that took place last night, and, although my responsibilities were negligible (read: none), I got caught up in the whole thing.
Never one to tread the common path, MD decided to do an entirely different type of auction than the typical silent auction that has been done at this function for the last umpteen years. Problem was a number of the other folks involved in the gala couldn’t understand MD’s idea and were concerned that the auction – which is a huge fund raiser – would be a bust. My advice to MD was to play it safe and conduct the auction as it has always been done, but once she got the bit between her teeth, she wasn’t to be dissuaded.
As you might imagine, the tension and angst levels at the Eades’ household has been at stratospheric levels for the past few days leading up to the event. And I, wonderful husband that I am, abandoned my own pursuits (including this blog) to give her a hand, though probably not much of one.
The auction was a big success, at least in terms of fund raising, so MD wasn’t the goat she feared she might have become had the thing flopped. She is going to take a survey of the attendees to see how the people liked the auction the way it was. If most did, then she will propose it again next year. If everyone loathed it, but went along just to keep the funds flowing, then she’ll abandon the idea and go back to the standard silent auction.
Second, I got a new computer. A Mac. A 15″ Macbook Pro, to be exact. This past few days I’ve been in the process of switching over from a PC, the type of computer I’ve been using for as long as I’ve been using computers. It’s not as easy as everyone told me it would be, but once I get the hang of it, I think I’ll like the Mac much better. I’m still having real trouble getting used to not having a right click button.
What provoked the change? I had just one too many blue screens of death on my PC while I was right in the middle of something. It finally put me over the edge.
Plus, most of my work is with scientific journals and other academic publications, and virtually everyone in academia uses Macs. I’ve had enough instances where I’ve asked presenters at medical meetings how they made a particular slide, and they say, Oh, I did it with Keynote (an Apple presentation program). The first time this happened, and asked the guy what Keynote was, he responded with: “It’s a program for the Mac. You do use a Mac, don’t you?” When I said ‘No’ the guy looked at me like I was some kind of moron. I”m not usually a follower of crowds, especially academic crowds, but in this case, since most of the work I do lends itself to easier production on the Mac, I broke from tradition and followed the crowd. I’m hoping this will be one of those all too uncommon situations in which the crowd is actually right.
So, I’ve finally gotten a Mac, and I’ve now mastered it to the point that I can at least use it to write this blog.
Nutritional posts to follow.
Back in the saddle