Mar 11, 2019

A very special visit from my computer guru

With full disclosure I am admitting to editing these photos in iPhoto.  I have made an executive decision, and why the heck not, as this is my blog, that I will be using iPhoto until we get back from Europe the end of June.  I have enough new computer things to get used without adding that headache.  I will endeavour to figure Photos out over the summer.  Each photo edit is a huge learning curve and I simply don’t have the time right now nor will I when in Europe.  So to keep myself and you happy ( as in getting photos with each  blog post ) I will continue to use what I have been using for the past nine years.

I met Rae online several years ago and she became interested in the Isla. We emailed back and forth, I helped find her her home here, explained how to get water, veggies, etc and maps were sent.  Once here we visited back and forth and because we both used Apple products and she knew what she was doing as opposed to me it evolved that Rae began to help me when I was in trouble.  Over the years we have remained friends as well as had a working relationship.  I do mean a working relationship.  She worked and we paid, just so you know that you can’t take advantage of her.  Her trip here evolved for a number of reasons and it just happened to work out that this was the time for my big ( to me ) computer change.  Rae told me years ago that I needed to do this but I was not open to change at the time.  I have to give her huge kudos for sticking with me. So I was  elated to realize that we would have a chance to meet, have some fun and do the nasty computer switches.

We met with Rae the day after she landed here in Mazatlan. Colin and I were doing our weekly shopping at the mercado when he began to be dizzy and felt faint.  A first in our  over 30 years of marriage.  I sent him out to the fresh air while I paid for my last purchase.  Colin had found a chair at this woman’s table. He was cold and clammy to the touch.  I had him put his head between his knees.  Meanwhile I texted Rae and she met us.

The original plan was for the three of us to have a shrimp burger at Tony’s.

Colin sat outside as he was still faint and nauseous.  Rae and I throughly enjoyed our  shrimp burger.  I should have taken Colin back to the Isla right away but I thought that it would pass and he would eat with us.  However once home, he slept for the next 24 hours and woke up feeling just fine.  I will say that I was most concerned that perhaps he had dengue or??

Lovely sunset last Wednesday.

Rae came over last Thursday and did her magic over a large part of the day.  I however did not have the right potion to keep up and my eyes and brain glazed over.  I have to say that I did come up with a new great shrimp quesadilla meal that kept her happy.  I spent all of the next day working with what I was supposed to know and made copious notes including pages of questions. You need to know that until a year ago I only had a desktop computer and a laptop for travel.  Then I got the iPhone.  Less than month ago I was the owner of a new iPad.  Then all four devices where changed.  Mind boggling for me.

Last Friday evening Colin and I headed into Mazatlan to meet Rae.  She had been enjoying Art Walk to the fullest.  We got there early and stopped for a drink.  Here we are trying to do a selfie. Obviously I have no idea where to look at the iPhone camera.

Unlike the previous Friday when we were there with Laura and Alan and were the only foreigners,  this time the Plazuela was mostly full of Americans and Canadians.

The three of us dined at Gaia and there was an excellent Mexican group playing.  Their music was perfect for the diners and many of the Mexicans spent the night on the dance floor.

We shared a lovely appetizer, breaded zucchini with a fabulous dip.

So much to catch  up on.

Colin and I did get in a dance or two. Thank you Rae for taking this video.

All of our meals were excellent. It was a great evening.

Rae cracking up after sharing a personal thought/joke with the pulmonia driver.

Colin and I arrived at the embarcadero only to hear a plaintive cry from a wee kitty.  The lady whose feet are to the right of me threw out a taco chip to the cat.  The cat was unable to break it into tiny pieces so I went over to do  that.  I realized that the chip was full of salt and said in Spanish that it was too salty for the gato.

The woman reached into her grocery bag and brought out a stack of tortillas wrapped in paper and offered me one. I fed the cat piece by tiny piece until the entire large tortilla was gone.  So sweet to feel the nibble of tiny teeth against my fingers once again.

Eventually the launcha  arrived and we had to depart towards the Isla.  I watched as the kitten/cat poked its small head out to see where I had gone.  Yes I had a lump in my throat.  I thanked the woman yet again for the food for the gato.

Arriving home yet again.

Rae came and worked on all my questions and concerns for a good part of  Saturday.  I kept her fed with more shrimp and some wine with her meal.   After all that is the civilized French way to dine.

Saturday’s sunset

Rae was meeting another friend on the Isla Sunday and dropped by afterwards.  We spent a couple of hours dealing with the rest of my questions.  Other than Photos I was good to go and I think that Rae thought so as well.

Another great sunset  Sunday.

It was sad to say adios after seeing each other for five days.  I so appreciated Rae’s visit and all her wisdom.  She is off in the morning, anxious to reunite with her beloved Bonita.



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15 responses so far

15 Responses to “A very special visit from my computer guru”

  1. George Yates says:

    Nice to have someone there to help you with you apple products, I just fumbled around with them until I git them all figured out, It was a challenge but I enjoyed that. Good luck with everything.

    • contessa says:

      I don’t have time to spend hours leaning how something works. I need to be up and running fairly quickly. I have had a few challenges but Rae prepared me very well and so far so good.

  2. Kathryn Tycho says:

    Contessa on another note..friends said no detour st Culiacan yesterday.

  3. Rae says:

    It was so great to catch up!

    I have to restate here what I stated on my blog about my tech help — 99% of the issues are due to Google products being junk and nothing to do with Apple or Contessa’s techie skills. She taught me a few tricks in our time together!

    That pulmonía driver will likely never forget me. The car in front of us was behaving very erratically and I called its driver a bad word (in Spanish) — only I thought I just said it in my mind. No, I said it out loud. The driver was not expecting such words to come out of the mouth of a nicely dressed gringa. We had such a giggle about it — he was thrilled to encounter a gringa who has learned the *important* Spanish words (emphasis his)! The ride was the perfect ending to a fun night — I miss travelling in a pulmonía so much!

    Thanks for having me — and sending me home with a full suitcase! 🙂

  4. SandyM says:

    Nice post and photos – noticed how color coordinated you and Rae are in the last photo – funny how these things work out.

    Hope Colin is feeling much better now – that was a scare.

    • contessa says:

      Yes I noticed how we were color coordinated as well. It was a scare as this is not normal behaviour and was actually a first.

  5. Alan Brechin says:

    Colin, my friend. What’s going on?,
    You must have been feeling poorlie in order to pass up a Tony’s shrimp burger at the Mercado. I just hope it was a ‘ one off’ event for you. You need to go back soon and order the burger, complete with the requisite O.J. to go with it. Departure day is drawing close!

    • contessa says:

      No idea what happened but he was fine by midday the next day. It looks like we might might not have time to visit Tony’s again before we leave.

  6. Maxx Trails says:

    Wow that must have been scary for both you and Colin, I’m sure glad he is okay.

    • contessa says:

      I was very concerned and thinking back I should have just taken him home and told Rae I would see her the next day.

  7. Croft says:

    i wonder if it was a low blood pressure episode? i get them from time to time.

  8. I am so glad you had someone to help you with that. It can be so bloody frustrating sometimes with all this new technology. I try and keep up on it and call upon our tech friend when I need help (we pay him too, so worth it). Perhaps Colin had a touch of heat stroke? I know you used to be a nurse so will watch him closely.

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