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What a Mistake!

I work with open source software which means I am at the computer all day long. Who isn’t these days? We all work in the digital world, sometimes internationally. It is a brave new world they say given all the innovations. I am glad to be part of the progress. I am on a schedule much of the time so I can’t tolerate any downtime on the computer. I have learned how to fix it myself. If I take it to a shop, I must wait an intolerable week to get it back. Maybe I should have done it the last time it was on the fritz. Here is the sad tale of what happened.

I opened the computer and got out my tiny soldering iron, the kind jeweler’s use. I have used it before so I felt pretty confident I could fix the darned thing this time once again. Maybe I was tired or just inattentive, but something odd happened. The iron got to close to my face and burned off most of the eyelashes on one eye. Yikes! I looked really strange and now my attention was less on finishing my software program than on how to grow eyelashes back fast.

What a mistake! Now I must pay the price. I started to research eyelash growth serums and found a few options. You can make a home remedy with Vaseline petroleum jelly or you can buy a less greasy solution at the drugstore. These are touch and go and the reviews aren’t great. They all say to go to the eye doctor and get a prescription for a surefire product. You must put it on every day for six to eight weeks, but it is guaranteed to work. I wonder if the expense will be worth it. I decide to go with an over-the-counter item that looked good. Now for the six week wait.

Alas, nothing much happened but my eyelashes are now so soft. I guess it is to the doctor for me. You go to an ophthalmologist after a basic eye exam. Don’t assume that an optometrist can give you a prescription. It must be a medical doctor. I needed an eye checkup anyway to see if I needed better contacts. The doc agreed that I needed help with my eyelashes unless I wanted to look odd for months and months. The prescription would speed up the process. He advised me to have patience and I agreed. I applied a clear solution to the affected eye and there was a tiny bit of stinging for a second. I did this every morning and night and waited for the results.

I now have normal eyelashes on one eye and guess what? I have longer and thicker lashes on the other. The medicine worked but now I have to even things up. I will apply the solution to both eyes at night and see what happens. I hope no one nicknames me “luscious lashes.”

Time for a new backpack for work

Trekking back and forth to the office every day, laptop in hand, has inspired me to go shopping online for a new backpack. My old one is slightly torn near the handles so one of these days it’s going to give away entirely and poof, there goes my laptop. No thanks.

So, I decided to do what I always do before I buy something and searched for some reviews online. This was when I found a great site called which had plenty of great guides to help find a good daypack, including the guide that I used on the best backpacks for men. I wanted something that worked as well with my frequent traveling as it does going to and from work, so I chose an airport checkpoint friendly bag that was large enough to hold my 17 inch laptop.

The bag, a model from Targus called the Drifter II, fits laptops up to 17 inches and is perfect for New York weather, it is rain, snow and wind resistant with a highly durable cover. I like the fact that it holds not only my laptop equipment in a padded compartment, but also holds my paperwork, a bottle of water, my apartment keys, phone, cash, and everything else I need for my work day, even a change of clothes if I want. Not only that, but I can easily lock the compartments closed with luggage locks to keep pick-pockets unhappy. Now I don’t have to worry about my high tech equipment getting smashed, stolen, wet, or lost.

It comes in a black/grey combination which works for me, I guess. I don’t need a lot of fancy-schmancy colors, although green would have been cool. But colors aside, I love being able to get to my office at work and not having to paw through my old, torn bag anymore, looking for the right papers or the right memory card, and just exactly WHAT did I do with my stupid thumb drive?

Now everything is in its own compartment and as long as my head can recall which stuff went where, I can just unlock, unzip and reach inside, grab the item and be about my business. I think I have trimmed at least three to five minutes of backpack searching time from my schedule.

I have a really large laptop, which has a 17 inch screen, so many backpacks won’t comfortably cover it. My old one did, but only because there was a huge rip inside the lining, which was probably caused by repeatedly cramming my too large laptop into a too small bag. This new bag fits my laptop perfectly, with room to spare which is perfect for taking my power cord and mouse with me. I hate using the touch screen on my laptop, it’s too time consuming and inconvenient, so I always use a mouse.

With this bag I have all the room I need for my extra components. In fact, there is even a pocket inside that bag for my 10 inch tablet with room for its power cord and memory cards. Every day I find new uses for the bag, including hiding snacks inside it that I can eat at my desk, but don’t tell my boss.