I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 6:20 PM GMT on July 19, 2013
I let Dutchie out again last night. As usual, I let her out the patio door trying to direct her to the back yard which is grass, trees, and a creek. Instead she took off around the corner toward the parking lot.
When I was getting ready to go to bed, I went and looked for her. Again, as usual.
I found her in the trees just out my back door. At least I thought it was her, all I saw were two eyes glowing in the dark. I was whistling and yelling for her to come in. After great hesitation, she suddenly sprinted toward me. And right by me, heading toward that parking lot again. I had enough of the games, so I went to bed.
I was up early this AM and walked around the building looking for her. Then I expanded the search loop, covering a bigger stretch of the green belt that goes behind my place. At one point I was at a corner of the property about 300 yards from my apartment when I heard her. It sounded like she was more pissed off than scared. Suddenly I was remembering coaxing her out of that thicket in Ocean Shores just a couple weeks ago.
In Ocean Shores it was too dense for me to even enter the area. Here, it was very thick, but there were ways to enter the foliage. But it was difficult, and I figured there were various good reasons not to enter. Tics, for example.
So I tried to coax The Queen out for a while. She just kept crying and whining, sounding like about 20 feet away. Finally I entered the thicket a few fret and saw her sitting there like nothing was wrong. I stepped toward her, and she backed away. I was thinking she was hungry, but she sure was not acting like it.
At one point she came out and bounded off to another area just as thick. It was getting old. I was sweating like a pig even though it was not even 8 AM. If I left, I may not find her again. FINALLY she came close and I snatched her up.
She will be inside for some time now…
I ordered a comfortable chair that can be used at a desk, as well as relaxing. It will be delivered today. That will get me pretty well moved in. I still have to hang the inflatable globe UK sent me, as well as assemble and hang the big map of Arizona I have. It will fit on one wall thanks to the 9 foot ceilings I have here. The map is approx 8 feet by 9 feet.
I couple days ago I was using my laptop when all of a sudden it locked up on me and a new screen came up. It had The Department of Justice seal and looked pretty official. It said my computer operation had been shut down due to me violating the laws of the US. While it did not mention any specific law, it did give a few examples that may apply… child porn, using pirated copyrighted programs, or sharing something illegally. I had no idea what was going on.
Further, while it did not tell me what crime I committed, it was very clear on how to pay a $300 fine that I was assessed. For whatever. It named various locations where I could pay the fine using "paypack" (never heard of that). Pay the fine and my computer would be freed up. I had 48 hours to do so, or all contents in my computer would be deleted. Well, like I said, the page looked pretty official, but it sounded funny here and there. No phone number to call. Wording that sounded ambiguous.
So I googled for scams regarding the Dept. of Justice and it came right up. The REVETON virus. I tried to re-boot, but it came right back up. My only solution was to call a computer guy. I needed to take the laptop to him, as it blocked him trying to fix it online.
$50 bucks later, a few thousand pictures, all my blogs, the beginning of Novel #2, the bare bones of a future kids novel, and many other needed files are available for me to use again.
Cut off all my hair last night.
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