Monday, July 01, 2013

Tour de Fool

Le Tour de France is currently in progress. In the US (sadly) you can watch the eight hour race squeezed into three hours from 20h00 to 23h00 on NBCSN. Of course, since it is US television, during those three hours, you get an hour and a half of race and an hour and a half of commercials. If I didn't like the race so much, I wouldn't even bother watching. I first watched in France several years ago and became a fan. But on European TV they have this great way of showing the commercials at the very beginning and the end of the show. You're not inundated with them throughout the entire broadcast. The preponderance of commercials is the main reason I almost never watch American TV. It's so damned annoying! Five minutes of race, five minutes of commercials, ad infinitum!!!

 So I broke my laptop! I have an Acer Aspire laptop with a 17.3 screen. That seems like a big screen...right? But it's really about the same size as a 15-inch screen. They just stretched the thing to make it 17.3. Oh well, to get back to my main thought...the letter "N" is broken. I tried and tried to get it to sit back in place but it just won't stay. So I went to CompUSA. The guy there said no problem, they can fix it for about $50. I agreed and went home waiting for him to call. After a month of not hearing from him, I started checking the internet. Without much trouble, I found a place that sold new keyboards for $15, so I ordered one. I also found a video showing how to take out the old keyboard and put in the new one. A piece of cake! Any fool can do that! Any fool except this fool. First, it was nowhere as easy to remove the old keyboard as they made it look in the video. Second, when trying to remove the cable, I broke the part that keeps the cable in place. Bottom line...I have to take it someplace to have it done and it will probably cost more than the $50 the guy at CompUSA estimated!

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 À la prochaine, mes amis.


Nadege said...

I can never find where "le tour" is being shown in the US, but if I could, I would watch it just to look at the countryside and the nice villages or cities they pass by. (Very sad about the comatose man. I am happy he can now communicate with his friends and family).

Lowell said...

We used to watch Le Tour de France but haven't in recent years. As you say, it's not worth the effort.

Love the song...but Ricky Nelson wasn't one of my favorite singers.

We have an old laptop which needs a keyboard replacement. Should I go ahead and try to do it myself ... and if so, what suggestions do you have so I don't break the cable piece? :)

Meanwhile, hope the rest of your week goes well!

Lowell said...

Thanks for your kind words about Lois. We're expecting our daughter and her family up here for a few days...they live in Davie. We've not seen them for a year as we haven't been able to travel at all ... but things are changing for the better.

Lois took some cool shots from the Notre Dame towers as well as from the very top of the Eiffel Tower, and I'll post some of them in the days ahead.

Are you going back to Paris this year?