Care packages! Food! Books! Expensive electronics!

Three different people sent me gifts of food…


I didn’t recognize the name of the person who sent this – long-term storage food including dry milk, which I was just about to buy on-line because for some reason the local store no longer carries it, so there’s some synchronicity. Goodies! Dunkin Donuts Coffee! And also a contribution toward the Jeep repair.


Colorado Hermit sent a couple of food boxes. Long-term storage food, mixed cocoa, canned meat, and pizza makings!

And this from Big Brother…


Canned meat and beans and snackies for man and dog. Laddie really likes these little rawhide sticks, and gets one every night before bedtime. I was told this was a necessary tradition, and he certainly seems to consider it so – at least that’s what he always says if I seem to be forgetting.

BB also kicked in a check toward Jeep repair. And for the record the part I sent away for has arrived, so the Jeep will limp into town on Monday for repair if all goes well.

Got a couple of books…


Mark Matis sent me a manual for the Jeep, and somebody hit my Amazon wishlist for the one Barbara Tuchman book I’ve never owned or even read.

Thanks, guys! But here’s something really special, which should help get TUAK ticking along a little more smoothly once I learn how to use it…

That’s my very first Apple computer, and I have to say right up that almost nothing on the opening screen makes immediately obvious sense to me. Except for some word processors on minicomputers back in the early eighties I’ve only ever used DOS or Windows or Linux; I have never booted up an Apple in my life. But this has been described to me as the Glock 17 of laptops – “they just work” – so I’m sure it’s only a matter of figuring out what the icons mean and how they want to be clicked on. This is a refurbished MacBook Air from Big Brother, who got tired of hearing me whinge about my failing Linux OS.

I don’t say it enough – you guys rock.

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10 Responses to Care packages! Food! Books! Expensive electronics!

  1. nobody says:

    go to help on the top bar in safari or on the main opening page 1000’s of answers to every question ! have fun apples rule

  2. Tennessee Budd says:

    Joel, when you finish the book, will you do a (mini- or otherwise) review of it? I like Tuchman’s work, & that’s one of hers I haven’t read either.

  3. Zelda says:

    Manuals of all kinds including the original from Apple are online, printable, downloadable, searchable.
    https://support.apple.com/manuals/#macbookair

    https://www.appleworld.today/blog/2016/4/22/how-to-get-a-user-manual-for-your-apple-product

    https://static.bhphotovideo.com/lit_files/92714.pdf

    https://www.macforbeginners.com/computers/macbook-air/

    All of these links came up clean in Kaspersky, they should be OK, just in case you don’t have an anti-virus program running.

  4. Joel says:

    Yeah, I spent a lot of time typing questions and had no trouble finding answers. Popular machine.

  5. Claire says:

    I love your care package days! Your readers are such great people — and you must have the best big brother in the world.

  6. Joel says:

    🙂 They really are, and I really do.

  7. Robert says:

    Cool gift! Joel is setting the standard for desert hermits.

    “Glock 17 of laptops”
    The Glock vs. non-Glock and Apple vs. Whatever flame war that did not erupt shows how civilized Joel’s readers are.

  8. nobody says:

    i have never known anyone to go back to wingeblows after getting an apple . you have the best all around laptop out there! i wish i’d found apple long ago .

  9. terrapod says:

    Being a life long windoze user, I have always found Apple to be counter intuitive to the extreme. I do have a Mac Pro as a backup system, but rarely use it. It is a completely different way of thinking than windoze so just be patient and keep experimenting with it. Apple may grow on you where it has failed to take root with me.

To the stake with the heretic!