Saturday, December 08, 2007

Funeral for My Mac, in Chacala

My trusty little Mac G4 laptop gave up the ghost on Wednesday night.

But meanwhile I am using public computers and it´s hard to write surrounded by various computer games playing at high volume.

And I haven´t figured out how to move photos from my camera to a public computer.

But I am working on it.

My son already found a computer for me.

The trick is getting it to Mexico.

Even if you use the very expensive Fed-ex, DHL, UPS options for shipping, sending a laptop to Mexico is hard.

You are allowed one laptop in with no duty, but the shipping companies send any pack fatter than paper to Mexican customs, where they like to add a 40% duty. Or the computer somehow getd lost or misplaced by the shipping company. So most people have a friend bring a computer down.

A friend is taking my old one up to my son, in Olympia WA. He expects to be able to get my photos and some other stuff off the old computer and onto the new one. And then some other , really really wonderful friends are bringing the new one down, driving. But they won´t arrive untl January 1. More that 3 WEEKS. Ugh.

I am half suffering withdrawal symptoms from n internet, and half feeling free and at loose ends. So it´s probably a good thing to have this involuntary break from in-house computer access.


Billie said...

It is surprising how addicted we are to getting on the internet. When mine won't work, I feel like I'm in solitary confinement. Hope you can make it for 3 weeks.

christine said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss! I hope you can still post some photos in the next three weeks, they are such a pleasure to look at.

Erin said...

I've read your blog for a little while off and on, whenever I'm getting the craving for another life in Mexico.

Anyway, I'm sorry to hear about your computer. I live in Seattle and am actually flying down there next week. I thought I'd offer to help if you need anything brought down. I don't know, maybe that sounds weird coming from a stranger. But I thought I'd offer. It sounds like you have some kind friends that are already helping of course.

I also wanted to ask if you know of any organization there that works with kids with special needs? I'm a special education teacher up here in Washington and, as I mentioned above, am interested in a change of pace and would like to see if there are any organization where I could work or help out with kids with disabilities?


Andee said...

Erin, If you send me an email address I can write back to you.
When are you coming down? Andee