A is for Apple; Z is for Zune

Anyone who truly knows me knows how important music is to me. I must have it wherever I go, in every room in the house. The TV? Not so much. So tonight, I sat down to my computer to try to get four songs I’d downloaded from Apple Music/iTunes onto my computer to (1) burn to CD to listen to on my revamped sound system, and (2) transfer them to my Zunes. (Yes, plural.) Why three Zunes? WTF, Joni? Well, I have a brown one, a white one, and a pink one. Pink is my favorite color (it’s the color of my iPhone case, too). That Zune is in my bedroom, connected to an Altec-Lansing Zune speaker dock. The white Zune is in the dining room for soft jazz when entertaining or working in the kitchen (docked to a second Altec-Lansing speaker dock), and the third one, the brown one, originally bought for Roberto, is in my car. I’ve never liked iTunes. It is a hoggy program, and despite being made by Apple, the interface is decidedly not intuitive, at least not to my way of thinking. Sadly, Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s iPod failed miserably. Still, like me, there are …

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Of Sound Mind

I have always loved music more than TV and movies. I used to joke with Roberto that someone could break in and steal the TV and it would be months before I’d notice. Steal my stereo, it’s gonna get ugly! I recently went to turn my stereo on in the living room because I wanted to sit and fold towels and listen to some old music on vinyl (e.g., Brian Ferry, ARC Angels, etc.). But the amp was dead as a door nail. SO I got on the computer to see what is out there currently. Well, trash mostly and I don’t want a home theater system or to pair it with my iPad or iPhone. I just want to be able to listen to all my music. So … I hopped on eBay and found a JVC amp a few generations newer than mine and in pristine condition. It has finally arrived. And boy, is it heavy. In fact, I am not able to roll around on the floor in front of my music bench like I could ten years ago to hook it up, so some neighbors are coming by later to help me with that. But here’s …

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Driving Me Crazy

I made a comment on a Facebook post earlier today which caused me to remember all the times Roberto Herrera’s driving literally drove me crazy. The worst time was when he was still walking, and therefore, still driving. We were on our way home from somewhere and as is usual in Houston’s East End, we had to traverse several railroad tracks to get home. This one particular time, the lights were flashing, the bell was ringing, and the gates were down. I began digging my nails into his shoulder, screaming, Don’t do it! Roberto, undaunted, swerved around the gates and onto the tracks, where a train was bearing down on us, honking its horn furiously. We cleared the tracks with minutes (inches?) to spare. It was a short few blocks home to our apartment on Park Drive. However, once we got there, I couldn’t move. I literally could not move. I was paralyzed with fear. Even though it had been well known for a long time that I have an unfounded fear of freight trains, Roberto apparently didn’t comprehend the extent of it until that moment. Another time, we were driving home late one might from a Christmas Party in …

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This Old House

Lately for some reason, I’ve been trawling HAR.com (Houston Areal Realtors). Not because I want to buy a new house, because I love my house and plan to be carried out of it feet first in a pine box. Possibly just curiosity and a love of older homes (like mine). Old 1930s-era bungalows and Art Deco homes. Even some mid-century ranch style homes have their Leave It To Beaver charm. But there is a right way and a wrong way to sell a home. The Right Way This is some serious staging, people! And the Wrong Way You are selling a house, not starring in the next episode of American Hoarders, for crying out loud! 2531 Oakdale Street

Monday, Monday…

I have never been so happy to be out of the office as I was tonight. We are moving this week and the movers were demolishing some metal shelving in the room across from my workstation. For about an hour. It was horrible. Then, we got an email at 5PM warning us that our document management system, email and pretty much every damn thing, would be down for “critical system maintenance” between 9:30 and 11PM. I’m thinking, great, I can relax the last 90 minutes of the night. After that, I ended up down on another floor, needed some Excel help and of course couldn’t get it. I ended up Googling for my answer and found “you can’t get there from here.” So I couldn’t do what I wanted to do with the spreadsheet without overhauling some of the data and the attorney wasn’t going for that. Back up on my floor we had plenty do to and I quickly reminded my buddy that we needed to save our work to our desktops if we wanted to keep working on it. And work we did. Right up to the last second. I was never so happy to turn my key …

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