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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Jury Duty

Sorry this post's format is all screwy, it was done on my netbook, not a good device to blog on!I had a bit of a sleepless night wondering how I was going to handle my Jury Duty summons. It was for the entire month of July in Sioux Falls, SD, and we are planning to be in NJ for the birth of our granddaughter #6 (and grandkid #8). Thinking this could be an ugly situation kept me tossing and turning. I decided first thing in the morning to call our South Dakota mail service and see what they recommended. Seems like they had this situation before, the lady that answered the phone rattled a phone number right off the top of her head of whom to call. I called the number and got a voice mail, the usual leave your name and number messege until at the end, the voice said if you're a full time RVer, just fill out the juror form and at the top of it write full time RV traveler, put down the license plate of your RV and mail it in. Wow, nothing to worry about at all. I did as instructed and mailed the form in. Lost sleep over nothing. With the recommendation of my son, Corey, who is a Honda service manager in NJ, I took the Element in to a repair shop to have that pesky check engine light issue resolved. It was a bad solenoid on the valve timing and I had it replaced. The car does run much better now and we'll have no more worries about getting stuck on the road. Now the next fun issue, my laptop. I took it in to the computer repair shop to have the cracked screen replaced. Today, when I went to pick it up, the screen looked good but now it would not boot up, it just froze. The tech claimed I must have damaged the hard drive when the screen cracked. I told him it cracked a couple of months ago and I've been using it daily with no problems. He said to leave it with him so he could test the hard drive. Now here is the fun. The screen replacement is $188. I brought in a perfectly working computer with a cracked screen. Now I have a perfect screen and a non working computer. I can't wait to see where this is going to go. I surely don't want to be buying a new computer and I don't want to pay for a repair after they did something to damage my laptop. The good thing is I have Carbonite backup so I won't lose any files or pictures. We've been having a great time with grandsons Andrew and Owie. They can't wait for our trip to Disney World in two weeks. Owie is especially excited because he has finally grown tall enough to ride every attraction there. He wants to do Space Mountain first. I hope my stomach is up to it. Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.

17 comments:

  1. Better a screwy blog post than no blog post at all.

    Looking forward to hearing how they fix your (their!) laptop problem!

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  2. Wow, pretty amazing that those folks in South Dakota are all prepared for those full timers! So glad it didn't get in the way of your plans.

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  3. South Dakota certainly is fulltimer friendly, aren't they?

    Sorry about the laptop.

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  4. You got one easy fix and so you know there has to be a "Murphy Moment" ....sorry;o((

    Heading to the beach today...hope we can meet up!!

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  5. Bummer about your lap top Hopefully they will get you up and running again.

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  6. I just can't believe how repair centers can mess things up.

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  7. Good luck with your laptop, think something they screwed up.

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  8. Hope your laptop turns out to be an easy fix. We've had our share of laptop problems over the last couple years -- no fun!

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  9. You two are sure having issues! Hopefully June will prove to be a better month!

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  10. My computer needs fixing too. The screen keeps flashing and sometimes won't even come on. However, I hesitate to trust it to a tech without deleting all my private info and passwords first. It may boil down to deleting everything and taking it in or getting a new one. I hate getting a new one -- so much work. It'll be interesting to see how much the computer tech tries to charge you for something he broke. Good luck with that one.

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  11. I'm feeling rather pessimistic about your computer woes. I've never heard of one of those geeks admitting a mistake. Good luck.

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  12. I was thinking that might be an expensive fix but now that the HD is wonky you may be able to make a deal for a brand new laptop!

    Since they 'broke your HD' I think they should put the $188 screen repair towards the cost of a new laptop. It's worth a shot.

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  13. Not sure where you took it but I'd be after the manager on this one. I don't know why I thought I'd have fewer problems with things needing to be fixed or going wrong on the road. Silly me! If misery loves company you've got some in me.

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  14. Note to self - if screen breaks, use as is.

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  15. Had to do Jury Duty once about 30 years ago. Spent the entire week away from work. Thankfully they paid me. Nowadays I suppose I wouldn't mind Jury Duty. Sure is a pain though if you're otherwise occupied, or in another part of the country. Good luck with the laptop.

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  16. Space Mountain....rode it once...never again. One more twist or turn and my lunch would have been out instead of in where it belonged.

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  17. Texas, especially Polk County, knows fulltime RVers too. We just call them and they take us off the list for that pool. They only ask that we volunteer when in Livingston. Sorry about the laptop.

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