Things of beauty


There’s a whole shop window filled with old Mac towers. It’s Denver’s Mac Outlet.

I used to work on one of those. I say “on” — as I took it apart to add memory, put a new hard drive in, add a video card, etc. I learned a lot about hardware that way. In comparison, changing out the hard drive to my MacBook Pro was like brain surgery. I remember how easy it was to just pop the side off, do the deed, and put it back together. No more.

I am reminded of growing up. We had a series of Volkswagens. My dad was always working on them. His bedside reading was How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive. He let me and my brother “help”. That is something I have struggled with as a dad. Thankfully, car repairs have been minimal, but house repairs (or projects) seem to be an on‐going part of life. Our house was built in 1965 or so, and things just wear out.

So my challenge has been to teach my boys how to do repairs. I usually take the lazy way out and do it myself. Bad me! Laziness is rarely the best way forward. As you know.


2 Replies to “Things of beauty”

  1. I have “How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive” on my bookshelf. I can see it right now. I used to need it often. Maybe someday I’ll need it again. I’ve never found a “How to Keep Your Ford Alive.” Go figure. On the Mac front, yep, worked on them too, memory, hard drives, etc. Waiting for the new 8‐core at work in May or June!

  2. Please keep on with teaching your kids … My dad is SO handy, can make or fix about anything. But he always found it easier to get it done without our help )-: as a result I have many “genetic abilities” (I can feel them lurking in me!) but never got the chance to practice with a master!

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