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A Race Between me and a Laptop

By Belinda

Can you believe it--just two weeks from now, on April 6, I will be in Alvechurch, all being well. And I hope that Rob will have been happily celebrating his 60th birthday with me.

So this morning I called him to say hi. He was watching The Grace Kelly Story, but not "watch-watching it," he hastened to assure me. 

Bruce was sitting beside Rob, pressing up against him as firmly as he could and occasionally he giving a little bark as a bird flew by the window or some sound triggered his guarding instinct.

I told Rob that Molson's second litter of puppies had been born and that Molson himself had just had a trip to the beauty shop and was sporting a red bandana and a great haircut.

Then Rob shocked me with a piece of news. "I'm thinking of getting a laptop Belinda," he said.

"Oh, no," I thought; but didn't say of course; mentally calculating how long it would take him to get up to speed on the internet and figure out how to find this blog.

The impetus for the laptop is that he has taken up photography lately and has been enjoying it. And he has realized that a laptop is a great place to store photos and view them. Also his cameras came with CD ROMs that he hasn't been able to use. I sent him my camera manual and he's been reading it in far more detail than I ever did, but now he's ready for more.

"Just think, we could talk on Skype," Rob said. He doesn't have internet, but he has a neighbour who said he can come and use their connection.

 "I can't believe it," I thought. I was so certain that Rob would never, ever, break into cyber space.

Well, it serves me right for being so very sure of myself and sure of what I thought I knew about Rob.

There are just two more weeks to keep the secret and I'm still hoping for a complete surprise, but the race between me and the laptop is adding a certain frisson to the adventure!
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