Surf’s up!

It rained like a mad bastard here yesterday, just as Herself was driving (more like hydroplaning) home from work. If a fella wanted to waterboard someone, well, that would’ve been the time to do it. Just hold ’em face down in the cul-de-sac until they bubble “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Just that morning we had air-shipped Herself the Elder back to Tennessee after a five-day visit, and a lucky gal she was, having hit the sweet spot, weatherwise. The three of us spent an inordinate amount of time on the back patio with Mister Boo and the cats, watching the birds go to town on their various feeders. Though Mister Boo was mostly watching the door, being aware that his food was on the other side of it.

We have a couple more days of this sort of thing before the weather returns to normal, but I’m not complaining. As some of you noted earlier, the lawn is looking pretty a’ight, and if God is watering it, that means I don’t have to.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for some exciting news from Apple! Word is the new iPhone may not have a headphone jack! Film, as they say, at 11.


14 Responses to “Surf’s up!”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    We have some rain here, goes by the name of Newton, that we are sending your way. It has been raining steadily here for the last 6 hours.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Still waiting for Newton to hit here. We had about fifteen to twenty minutes of heavy rain last night and then it abated.

  3. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    If it’s anything like Apple’s Newton, it will arrive as not much.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    The clouds are not as dark or thick as a few hours ago. Rain in tapering off. It seems like Newton is losing strength fast. Storm is only 50 miles to our West, but we are not having tropical storm conditions here in Sierra Vista. Thanks for the rain, Newton!

  5. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 is in the house. Well, not in my house, or in yours, either. But still.

    “Meh,” exult the techies at The New York Times, one of whom thinks Apple may be saving any big changes for the iPhone’s 10th birthday … next year.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      For one who only has a basic, no contract, flip phone, meh is what I think as well. I only turn the sumbitch on to get a call from the dog groomer to pick up the Duffinator, or to call for extraction on a ride when I have fallen over and can’t reach my beer.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I have an iPhone 5, which dates to … 2012? I was dubious about the concept early on, but it does have advantages for a half-a-journo like me.

        When out and about I can use it to snap pix and shoot videos, update Ye Olde Blogge, tweet, text, write short bits and make phone calls, among other things. Smaller and lighter than a MacBook Air, a little less functional than an iPad; all in all, a pretty useful tool.

        Still, damn. Apple wants me to spend $649 for a new one? If I were inclined to trade up, I think I’d be looking really hard at the “old” iPhone SE, which for $400 is basically a slightly better version of what I already have. I just don’t “need” much more than that.

        I appreciate incremental improvements in technology, but I don’t think Apple has made a strong case for upgrading any of my devices lately, any more than the auto industry has regarding its machinery. The old stuff still works, thanks all the same.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I use the iPod Touch as a substitute for a smart phone sometimes. But it is wifi only, just like our iPads. My computer/online addiction is bad enough without carrying a “computer” linked to the ‘net around in my pocket all day. Plus, the damn things are expensive. And, I’m retired luddite. I hope you can join our ranks soon after your 40 years of nose grinding.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        And it ain’t the initial cost, it’s the upkeep. Want Apple’s wireless AirPods to complement your new jack-free iPhone? $159. Keyboard-case for your 9.7-inch iPad Pro? $149. Jesus H., etc.

        I originally bought a second-generation iPod Touch (2008) to avoid the much pricier iPhone, reasoning that with Skype and a wifi connection it would make a suitable phone. I recall using it on the 2010 Southern Arizona Road Adventure to update Ye Olde Dogge Blogge from my tent in Tombstone.

        Still have it, though the battery has pretty much had the schnitz. iOS 3.1.3, bay-bee!

      • debby511 Says:

        I have an iPhone 4s. Great phone. I love it. But it’s getting old, can’t run the new apps. Just a matter of time until the hardware dies. I actually bought an SE a few months ago but it was so bug infested I took it back. So I’m still rocking the 4s. Still running the original iOS release. I don’t dare update it – surely it would either brick or become so slow it might as well be a brick. Apple really needs to improve their software quality.

  6. Hurben Says:

    I dub you all Whingers!!

    Welcome to Spring in New Zealand.

    It’s just a spot of rain….

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