Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Gettin' My Kicks on Route 66

Route 66 is the historic and iconic road leading across the USA from Chicago Illinois to Los Angeles and more recently, Santa Monica California. Passing through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona along the way, it is probably the most famous road in the USA.

Originally covering a distance of 2,448 miles, it has been immortalised in songs like “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”. It was known as the “mother road of America,” and has a cult following that I haven’t seen or heard of for any other road in the world.

Route 66 was decommissioned in 1985 when it was replaced by newer, faster interstates. Although some parts have been preserved, it is now impossible to travel the original Route 66 for its full distance. Some sections have been abandoned. Other parts of the road which travel through Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona are now a tourist attraction renamed “Historic Route 66”. In Winslow Arizona, for instance, you can find people “standing on a corner”, a tribute to the Eagles song “Take it Easy.”

Having been to parts of Historic Route 66 in Arizona, I can say that it has a buzz, its own vibe. Like it is a living being just bursting with the kind of freedom you can only get from an open road. Something which you just don’t get from the new modern-day interstates.

Bye for Now


Saturday, 7 June 2014


Hi all

Have you ever noticed how much stuff accumulates on your desktop?

With apologies in advance to all IT technicians out there, I have to admit, leaving stuff on my desktop is one of my quirks. I tend to save stuff that I am working on to my desktop so I don't have to open long winded file paths searching for it. It's so much quicker that way. Well, it is for me. Not so for my poor old laptop.

You see for every file or photo that sits on your desktop, your computer has to load the whole document or picture every time you switch it on. It becomes part of the boot-up process and can add seconds, or even minutes to the time it takes your computer to get to working speed. NB - probably better to use shortcuts than save whole documents or photos to your desktop. Your machine will thank you for it. ;)

Now, I always intend to move stuff off the desktop and into my folders but, as with all good intentions, I don't seem to get around to it. Not until my laptop starts running at the speed of a snail anyway.

In a recent tidy up I found lots of photos that I had saved for sorting; some half finished blog posts that I was working on; some cake recipes; a few sewing projects and a whole pile of research material on bats. With that eclectic mix it's no wonder my laptop is always struggling.

It's a bit weird I know, but I can hear Fred yelling "Wilma!" every time an IT techy tells me off for overloading my desktop.

I won't be overloading this desktop. The little legs look a little rickety.

Maybe these guys could help me prop it up? Lol!

Bye for now