The Gates of Hell . . .

or the Apple Store in Mishawaka. It’s about the same.

After coffee and then lunch a little later, about 1:30 Nick and Terry, and Jan and I drove over to Mishawaka for some shopping. And after a quick stop at Home Depot so I could pick up some wire, we headed over to University Park Mall, so Nick could sell his soul to the devil, or at least pawn it, at the local Apple Store.

The sign over the front door, written in letters of fire, doesn’t say “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here” without good reason.

He was bound and determined to buy a Mac. And even worse he forced Terry to get one too. Isn’t that spouse abuse or something.

The thing I wonder about is this. The Mac is supposed to be so intuitive, so easy to use, that after you buy it, but before they’ll let you leave the store with it, they make you unpack it, set it up, and show you how to turn it on.


And as you leave the store with your new Mac, all the Apple people start applauding, I think, kind of like all the lesser demons clap and cheer whenever Lucifer gains a new recruit.

Finally making our way through the clouds of sulphur and brimstone obscuring the exit, we went over to a nearby Barnes & Noble so Nick could stock up on books for his new “easy to use” computer.

About 7 pm we headed over to Five Guys Burger and Fries for dinner. Burgers were delicious, fries not as good as Red Robin.

Getting home, I got a little more done on cleaning out the bins before calling it an evening.

I think we’re finally in the throes of Fall. The low tonight is supposed to be 52, the high tomorrow 65, and a low tomorrow night of 46 degrees.

Very Nice!

Our son-in-law Lowell sent over this photo of Kitty, their black lab, in his ‘Bad Dog’ Halloween costume. We can’t wait to see what Landon will be wearing.

Bad Dog Kitty

Hopefully, their Internet problems are fixed, so we can Skype with them tomorrow.

We’ll see.


Thought for the Day:

"I feel more like I did before than I do now."



8 Responses

  1. What was so difficult about the Apple store? Where else can you get applause for spending the big bucks? Last time I got that was when I bought a new Saturn. And we all know what happened to them.

  2. Howdy Greg,

    I started out with an Apple P??? and it was easy to use… My late
    wife bought it for school use and her son, who had the latest PC,
    was always coming over to ‘borrow’ it to use for some type of formal
    document he needed.. When Joyce and I got out here on the ranch in the boonies for some reason it wouldn’t work on email and I stored it.. I pulled it out and tried to get it going again, but it had lost it’s
    brain and the floppies were in storage ‘somewhere’ !! I just put it back and bought these !@####$PCs and have been fighting them ever since.. CRASHES, LOCKUPS, ETC. ETC..ETC… I wish sometimes I could afford a Mac product…

  3. Man, I laughed so hard at your post this morning. Good job. Unfortunately if Nick is staying in the publishing business,, it’s probably the best choice for him. We PCers will have to take our expertise elsewhere. 😉

  4. Computers are tools . . .Macs and Windows boxes both have their uses. That said . . .I was a WIndows system admin in my work life and appreciated the fact that I didn’t have to muck around much with my Macs when I got home . . .they just work. They do have their issues; but I have had far fewer than with Windows boxes.

  5. Cause it apparently takes almost 4 hours to buy an Apple.

  6. I’ve had my present PC with Windows 7 for over 18 months. It has never, ever locked up or crashed.

    If yours does, it has a problem, probably hardware.

  7. Thing is, 10 or 15 years it was true about the Mac and publishing.

    Today, not so much. In fact Nick is running exactly the same inDesign software on his new Mac as on the PC.

    His real problem was he was running a 10 year old operating system (XP) on a 4 year old computer.

  8. Good job! Thanks for the laugh.

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