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  • I HAD A NICE catchy barbershop quartet ditty all bought, paid for and ready to download from for your listening and dancing pleasure. But the household gods inside my computer have averted the light of their countenances and decided to invoke a black, evil curse on everything electronic I touch for the time being. Very little is working the way I'd like it to just now...

    So, I invite you to look up the words to "Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby," grab three friends, and sing it for yourselves.

    On my home computer, which just underwent, at some expense, an "overhaul," I now...

    --- have lost my entire e-mail address book, which it took years to compile;

    --- can't post a Cowbird story until I "enlarge my browser," whatever the hell that means (I've gotten dozens of e-mails about enlarging other things, but never a "browser");

    --- still have the same stupid problems with glacially slow, unresponsive programs, and

    --- am just about ready to chuck this damn computer nonsense and give it up as (what I suspected it to be all along) a bloody waste of time and creative energy.

    Some of my esteemed Cowbird colleagues have tried to help, with suggestions communicated via facebook and e-mail, and to all of you I am most grateful. Alas, it appears I am beyond even your gracious ministrations to the terminally techno-afflicted.

    For the sake of my sanity and my blood pressure, I must move on to something less aggravating for the time being.

    And, if (as I pray) the Holy Spirit comes upon my hard drive and drives out the indwelling demons, maybe I'll start resurrecting (even improving, mirabile dictu?) some of the stories I dumped in my weekend frustration with all this silly nonsense.
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