In keeping with one of my goals for 2014 (being better organised), I wrote this month’s OTBF blog early this week so as to avoid the usual scramble the night before it’s due. I was pretty pleased with it, in no small measure I’m sure to the fact I gave myself plenty of time to write it. Well, that was on Monday night. Shortly afterward, I closed down the laptop for the day. The screen froze but I paid no mind, seeing as this particular laptop always had a tendency to do things in its own sweet time anyway.
Next morning I booted up and…nothing. Again, I wasn’t overly concerned as it wasn’t the first time I’d had to wait to get up and running. A couple of hours of trying and I finally got the message. It seemed my hard drive had crashed – not entirely sure what that means but a techie friend assured me that’s what had happened. After a slight tinge of panic, I reassured myself it wasn’t especially dire because I have a back up drive and all my photos are in a cloud somewhere and easily accessible from any computer. Only when I went to upload my blog post to OTBF did I realise that I hadn’t backed up since mid January! Okay, now major panic set in as I mentally ran through everything I’d worked on since then and which had now disappeared into cyber oblivion.
After having rested in a darkened room until I’d stopped hyperventilating, I began thinking more rationally (also helped by a large glass of wine and an even larger bar of chocolate). Almost all my writing-related work is backed up on a memory stick, so no worries there. All my photos were safely floating on a cyber cloud somewhere, and my email folder is accessible from any computer. Phew. Panic over…until I couldn’t find my OTBF blog post on the memory stick. It seemed that while basking in my new found ability to be better organised, I’d forgotten to back up all Monday’s work. Which got me wondering, maybe this being organised lark isn’t all it’s cracked up to be after all.
Ah well, so much for lamenting my fate, now to get to my blog post. This month’s focused on an article I’d read in a UK newspaper about seniors aging disgracefully. Apparently more and more over sixties are having affairs, gambling and smoking pot! Not sure I know any seniors in this particular category, but I love hearing about people of a certain age refusing to quiet down and act their age. While I wouldn’t advocate stretching the boundaries quite as far as the report suggests, it is good to know that a certain date on a calendar no longer carries the ‘pipe and slippers’ expectation it perhaps did for earlier generations of ‘oldies’. Here in the UK, the over sixties portion of society now has a huge voice (thanks to the baby-boomer years), and prepared to voice their opinions loud and clear when necessary. You only need hear a politician threatening to take away free bus passes and up goes the call to arms for a march on Parliament 🙂 Seniors rule! Yay!
I saw the following on Facebook this week and couldn’t resist posting it here. This feisty lady simply refused to be bullied or disrespected and brandished her own pretty powerful opinion on her aggressor.
What about you? Do you plan on aging disgracefully? If so, how?