So, to sum up - I have my entry almost polished, but I was waiting to get the pictures from the laptop, which of course required power. Now that we're back in business, I'll get the entry finished up & posted soon.
Confidential to my mother
Shortly after we arrived home from visiting you for Mother's Day, your precious granddaughter severed our connection to this laptop in a most unforgivable manner. You remember that power cord for the G4 that I'm always complaining about? And the one that everyone else complains about, too? Well, it shorted out and sparked its final time during an intense viewing of "The Incredibles" on DVD. You can't imagine what it took to order a new one on eBay at the wonderful steal of $25 and wait for an excruciating 2 weeks for it to arrive. Not having a backup meant we had no laptop at all during that time. Turns out that the shipment had to clear Customs first. I guess they don't sell Apple power supplies to overseas customers that easily. Brian's looking at stocking up for the next time it breaks (an inevitable proposition since this will be our 3rd cord in about as many years), but in the meantime our newest cord has about 8 feet of electrical tape wrapped around the portion that always breaks.