Alas, my computer woes have ended. They were solved by the final diagnosis of the expert: "There is no hope to revive this machine." Well, it served me well for a number of years so I can't complain.
Now I am enjoying my new fast machine, especially the 19" monitor. It was worth the investment. The Vista changes have been easy to learn so far. It is good to have a reliable machine again because I have a list of things to discuss on the blog in future weeks.
I will start with a story that has me chuckling.
A new man moved into this apartment complex and he appears to be unattached. He is tall and nice looking. Since many single women live here (most are widows) this makes for some curiosity. While I don't know that any of them are actively looking they aren't dead yet either.
One day after the new fellow moved in he sat in the business office for quite a while speaking with the building manager. He has a booming voice and sounded quite outgoing. I was sitting within earshot in the neighboring computer room writing an email so I could hear the conversation.
After he left her I dropped into the office to say hello, which I often do. During our chat she mentioned he has "an interesting signature." So, she brought it out to show me for just a couple of minutes.
Here are the characteristics I had time to take note of:
pronounced and consistent left slant, (check the blog category that covers the meaning of slant if you want to read up on this point to understand the contrast I am pointing out.) Now this was the most surprising part. I would have expected to see the opposite, that is, a right-slant instead.
heavy depth, (strong feelings that stay with him for a long time) This wasn't a surprise. He projected a strong force of energy, both mental and physical.
strong lateral compression showing crampled writing which appears linear plus no outward extenders at the end of words, (internal emotional restraint and conservative use of resources: time and money.) He doesn't give easily, surely not spontaneously.
very tall, looped upper extenders, such as high h and l letters, (high degree of ability to understand conceptual matters; interest and/or tolerance of varied ideas ) good brainstormer
retraced strokes in the points of his m and n letters; indicators of ability to analyze (shows quickness to learn in familiar areas and ability to sift and sort it very fast)
As I handed the paper back I mentioned that "given the traits in his handwriting he isn't the extrovert that he sounded like. I have learned more than once, 'You can't judge a book by its cover.'"
She looked dubious when I said that. What I was saying did not match the personality he projected.
I explained that the surprising thing about left-slant writers is they can appear very extroverted. There is an intrinsic emotional guardedness that may not be activated unless the person feels uncomfortable. He not only shows that in the consistent backward slant but also by many other indicators showing he is quite uptight.
What I was saying sounded contradictory to her initial impression of him and of mine as well. Maybe, given his apparent outgoingness, she expected he would stop by to chat quite often.
I was thinking that day, 'Well, time will tell.'
He has been here a while now. It appears that he rarely leaves his apartment. One of his near neighbors who walks her dog hasn't laid eyes on him yet. And no, he hasn't stopped to just chat with the office lady either.
Stay tuned, perhaps time will tell more.