It's Been a Journey and We Haven't Even Started
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July 11, 2009
Well we are finally on the road. As I write this we are on Highway 287 in between
Two days after Memorial Day 2009, Mom was in a Cardiac Rehab facility doing her exercises and stretches. This was her next to last visit, from the prescribed regiment from her double bypass surgery just after Thanksgiving 2008. She had been feeling pretty good, but as she was in the middle of a stretching exercise, she collapsed. She was already hooked up to an EKG machine to monitor her heart. This is normal precaution for cardiac rehab. Her Physical Therapist immediately checked the EKG readout and saw that Mom was in ventricular defibrillation. She yelled for help, and as the rehab facility was in our local hospital, doctors, nurses and EMTs came out of the woodwork. Someone shocked her back into a normal rhythm and they admitted her to the hospital.
We had all figured that after nearly six months Mom was about recovered and ready to lead a normal life.
They did the surgery on June 8th and it was successful.
You would think that with an extra month to get ready we would have all the details worked out and me chomping at the bit. You would be wrong. When Mom had her heart attack, which prompted the first surgery, I was at the hospital every day. This and normal household chores seemed to take up all of my spare time. So I didn’t get much work done on the details of the vacation done.
The basics got handled.
But, then God decided to toss another ball into the fray I was juggling. My laptop crashed. I found that I can not function without my computer. This came as a mild surprise. Not so much that I used it a lot, but that I relied on it for so much. Replacing the laptop was the easy part. Luckily, I had all of Family History book backed up (which is more than I can say about the rest of my data), so that part was not a problem. What was a problem was the interaction between my new laptop and my old Family History program. This program was what I was using to write the book. It was absolutely essential that I be able to use this program. Otherwise it meant starting from scratch and months of work. I had three weeks, not months.
There is a patch that is supposed to make old program work with new operating system (
This thing is about ten years old. I think it is running Windows 95. So I was more than a little concerned that it would no have enough RAM to generate my 250 plus page book. My old laptop, which was five years newer, and had been upgraded as far as it could go, would take a full 24 hours to generate my last book. But it was 200 pages larger, so I thought “What have I got to lose?” Wonder of wonders, it worked! It took a couple of days to get the normal bugs worked out, but by Tuesday, July 7th, four days before we leave, I was printing out my book. I ended up with enough time to print out and bind two copies. They are safely tucked away in our luggage.
Now we doing the road trip part of the vacation. Truthfully, I am not one of those who believe that “Getting there is half the fun”. “Getting there is the penance you pay for your trip” So, as my wife drives, I will look for things to amuse myself until our next pit stop.