This morning’s blogging focus has been pre-empted by a brainsucking, late-night committee meeting. The blogger slept in and woke up behinder than usual. With regrets, we inform you that there will be no blog post this morning. Except for…

* Our motel in Mobile has a Business Center! Oh, I read it consists of one computer in a coat closet. No wireless in rooms after all. I expect I’ll be drinking lots of coffee at B & N down the road, and maybe blogging from there if I can find something nice to say.

* Upon returning home, I’ll need to not collect two hundred dollars and not go to jail. Here’s the skinny: the truck, since getting the Subaru in August, has been farm-use only, just to haul firewood. That is, until it began getting balky and would or wouldn’t start in unpredictable fashion. I took it in thinking it would be a one-hour fix; it turned out the part took four hours to get. So after a totally wasted day in town, I’m driving home at almost-dark when from behind me comes a blue flashing light. Seems my state inspection sticker expired in September, a fact that, in driving it up the pasture to pick up some oak I had failed to notice. I think this falls under the heading of irony.

* Got 150 sets of 5 notecards ready to pick up the end of next week. Thanks to all who have put their name on the list for one or more packets. I hope they find a little market; I’d like to have a half dozen different sets by this time next year. I’ll also be considering bundling Slow Road Home with a set of cards for a special Christmas deal, details to follow after I have the cards in hand, or at least more time to think about the details first of next week. Oh, and I should add (and will probably mention again) that the card images are 4 x 6, edge to edge, and would make a fine framed wall hanging with some simple mat cutouts. Collect them all! For your wall!

* The studded tires go on Ann’s Subaru next week. Last year, it was the first week of December that we had that hellacious ice storm of the entire winter. This year, at least I have the Outback. The truck, even with 4WD, wasn’t so trustworthy on our road without some weight in the back. And the weight just added momentum when the rear end fishtailed toward the ravine that held the frozen creek, far below the road. Oh dread. Old Man Winter loometh.

* Anybody else having problems with MSIE7? The danged program (which I kept loaded only because the MT edit window didn’t like Firefox) insisted it be updated, and ever since, every time I close Control Panel or any other XP Explorer window, up pops MSIE. Makes their browsers usage stats look really good though, to have it automatically launch at random times in the normal use of a computer where Firefox is the default browser. Grummmble…

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Thanks for that article, Sally. I liked visiting Floyd County when I was living closer and I suspect I’d enjoy it more, now.

    Anyway….Fred…my MSIE7 keeps wanting to update and I’ve told it and told it that I don’t want to, but it keeps insisting. We’ve only kept it b/c of the few sites that don’t like Firefox.

    ALSO! Put me down for card/book combo…LMK when you’ve put it on the SRH site.

  2. MSIE runs in the background at root level, it’s always live, a “feature” built into the Windows/Office/IE multi-tasking nexus. Savvy web miners constantly hit the bookmarks.

    Get Webroot’s Spy Sweeper and it will banish ALL the crap running in the background…including the King O’ Crap MSIEx. Then when you close MSIE it stays closed. Sorta. It’s still like the Incredible Hulk…but managable.