It’s been awful. During the flight, water spilled on my laptop and damaged it. Since then I have not had computer access except to my gmail account, which I could get to from the public library. I took the laptop to a computer technician who said it had to dry out before he could diagnose it. When I had not heard from him today (Saturday–I arrived Tuesday morning), I went to his shop with grandson Caleb. Technician said he couldn’t fix it. Caleb said he would check it. He found that only the screen was not working. The computer is fine. Son Geoff connected it to a spare monitor he has, and I’m back online. Finally.
Because I have so rarely left home for even an over-night stay since 2002, I’ve always had access to my computer. (Except when it has crashed, of course.) It never occurred to me that I might lose my laptop’s functionality. I did not remember my passwords, and the reset links could only be sent to my unusable laptop. I felt lost.
On top of that upsetting experience, I found myself totally disillusioned with Vashon. It is not at all what I expected–a lovely small town in a beautiful green landscape. Instead, it reminds me of rural West Virginia–shabby and trashy. The cost of living is exceptionally high here, yet the small commercial area is not at all attractive and there are lots of unkempt residential properties. Everyone raves about it. Everything I’ve read and heard about it led me to believe I would love being here. I don’t.
I’ll try to post pictures in subsequent posts.
I want to flee.
But I’m here until August 4th. And I am open to changing my mind.