Long Day

I’ll keep it simple… mostly.  With the new streamlined computer came the need to streamline the workspace. In a nutshell, that meant losing not only the old eMac, but the PowerMac 7600 that I kept around just for old time’s sake. That also meant getting rid of the improvised desk that was basically a slab of wood (the top of a desk whose legs had long since broken) sitting somewhat precariously upon a computer workstation, a relic given to me by Jim Laris who was the publisher of the Pasadena Weekly for whom I worked until he sold it to the Times.

Anyway, I started early installing the set of desk legs I got from IKEA yesterday and then an under-desk keyboard drawer, and only finished the long day a couple hours ago.

Here’s the before at 8 a.m. and the after at 6:30 p.m.:



Do you know it’s been almost five years since I’ve had an actual space to extend my legs? Heaven! Even with all those wires dangling down there.

And the new computer is a blast. A firewire cable between the eMac and the iMac was all I needed to transfer everything from one to the other. That alone saved me four or five hours spent rounding up old application install and upgrade discs of yore. Nice.

The first thing I did was go to iTunes and download last week’s missed episode of Lost.  Then I let it gobble up my disc of Felix Mendelssohn and spit out the overture of The Hebrides.


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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."