…Stronger than me.
One line I will always remember is from a James Taylor song, “That’s Why I’m Here.” He sings:
Perfect strangers can call you by name
Pay good money to hear fire and rain
Again and again and again
And he has sung “Fire and Rain” more times than I can possibly imagine. If I were a popular musician, I might puke if I were asked to sing a song one more time.
At South by Southwest, I discovered that most of the bands there performed more than seven times in that one‐week span. That’s not any kind of a record — but just one week of singing a song over and over would do me in.
So let’s give it up for professional musicians. Hug one you know.
(The photo is a still from a video I took of the band Tennis.)
Dust accumulates in this corner about once a week. Maybe there is some kind of a vortex of air and dust particles that causes it to accumulate at an unnatural rate. In any case, I know that I must sweep it up or eventually there will be a dust pile that will take over the house.
Similarly, there are tasks we need to do regularly or we may pay the price. One price that might be huge relates to your data. When was the last time you backed up your data? If it wasn’t this week, think of the time you would lose if your hard drive crashed.
Solution? Easy. Buy an external hard drive.
Mac: Attach the drive and it will walk you through Time Machine, a built‐in program. Apple has instructions here, if you need help.
Windows? Just about any external hard drive comes with a program to do automatic backups.
My recommendation is to leave the drive attached and let it do your backups regularly.
A word of caution: if you think your computer is too new to require this precaution, think again. My brother’s hard drive died last week after just 18 months.
Update: We have a winner! (See the end.)
You can win a free copy of a John Denver Greatest Hits CD — with Chinese packaging!!
To win, all you need to do is simply comment on this post.
Yes, it’s that easy. No tweet my blog, join my Facebook page, sell me your first‐born child stuff.
This 2‐CD set is brand new. It even still has the shrink wrap on it. (So I don’t know if John tries to sing his hits in Chinese. The winner will have to tell us.)
The lucky winner will be randomly chosen at 6 pm mountain time, on Thursday, April 14th. I’ll announce the winner on this blog post. (I’ll also contact them by email.) Sadly, I cannot ship outside the USA, as I’m too crazy‐busy to make a special trip to the post office.
The winner, picked unseen out of a salad bowl by my daughter Rachel, is Carl Irby! Congrats, Carl!! The CD will be headed your way in tomorrow’s mail.
And special thanks to Elizabeth, who provided the inspiration for this post.