We're having a wonderful trip, but it has not been without its small losses.
Requiem for an iPhone. My very early 3G iPhone has been a delight, but it has suddenly developed senile dementia. I was counting on it to get lots of pictures to include on the website. Unfortunately, it has forgotten how to take pictures. Oh, it focuses and frames just fine, but when I snap the shutter, it can't remember what to do from there on. The shutter stays closed, and no picture gets taken. And now it has forgotten how to hold a charge. I was hoping to hold out for an iPhone 5, but it looks like I'll have to settle for a 4 on my birthday. You've been a wonderful phone, G3, but I wish you could have lasted a bit longer.
Requiem for a windshield. A good-sized Alabama rock clipped the edge of the windshield on Friday, leaving a rather pretty eight-pointed star. On Sunday, it was a bit larger, but still attractive. Yesterday morning, the two horizontal points had stretched to a crack about 6 inches long. And during the course of today, that line has become a meandering squiggle headed toward the top of the windshield. What could have been fixed with a small plug on Friday, if we had been at home, now will require a whole new windshield -- our second in a 2009 car -- and cannot be done till we get home. As if gas were not expensive enough!
Requiem for a diet. We've been so virtuous for the first 3 months of the year -- modest proportions, no alcohol, limited sugar and fat. It was paying off, too. Between the two of us, some 35 pounds disappeared. But here we are in Beaufort -- home of delightful restaurants, elegant tapas, free drink coupons, delectable bar snacks, glorious seafood --adding up to irresistible temptations. It a good thing we're not staying too long! I'd like to say I'm working it off, but that would be a lie. Reading in a library is not exactly a super calorie-burner. Can I count it as the price one has to pay for being a writer?
We'll be home soon, but in the meantime, please make my guest bloggers feel welcome. Will Nina count my three small losses as more of those excuses that keep us from working? If you haven't read her column, please check it out below.