Have you ever had one of those moments when you are sitting at your computer and you very innocently hit a key, and suddenly you think, “Oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no!” And you instantly start screaming “Stop, stop, stop, stop!” And your stomach suddenly feels like you are going to seriously be very sick right on top of your laptop, and you know that is not going to help anything, so you just go back to “Oh no, stop, oh no, stop, oh no, stop!”
Have you ever had one of those moments?
I did this afternoon.
Jill and I had spent about 2 hours at the Grand Hotel watching the first crowd of Somewhere in Time visitors check in. I took some really great photos of ladies and gentlemen getting off the carriages, strolling through the Grand, and having high tea – outfitted as if it was still the early 1900’s – beautiful dresses, beautiful hats, beautiful shoes, just . . . . . beautiful.
My plan was to post about three photos and then sign off with “see you on Monday with a whole weekend of Somewhere in Time fantasies.”
Details really make no difference – here it is in plain language. I hit the wrong key and erased every picture on my camera disk. I had downloaded about half the pictures from the disk this morning to a flash drive, but every photo from the time I did the blog on Ted’s golf game through this afternoon at the Grand (including the last two weeks of fall color photos) is gone – erased – no more – vanished. I am sick, sick, sick!
Tomorrow I will be at the Grand most of the day with the Somewhere in Time participants, so at least I will have another chance to get the photos.
So tonight, thanks to Jill and her camera, I offer a few photos that she took this afternoon before she met me at the Grand. I just got these at 10:30 tonight, so I know she has been running around downtown trying to find wireless somewhere so she could send them, after I told her what an idiot I was to erase my disk. Believe me, she is going to get a lecture from me tomorrow for doing that. And I know exactly what she will say when I am finished . . . “That’s what friends do for friends.” And how am I supposed to argue with that.
Here are Jill’s random shots, and they are good random shots – she is a really good photographer.
Our friends, Bonnie and Don, on the dray with all their "stuff". They left today on the 3 p.m. ferry, heading for downstate Michigan and Florida for the winter. Sweet, sweet couple. That's Eddie driving the horses.
Two Somewhere in Time ladies strolling around downtown this afternoon. They needed those big coats - the temp never got out of the 40's today.
Frankie's chocolate lab, Hershey, looking for a little handout from Jeanine.
Even the header at the top of the page is compliments of Jill – a picture she took this summer when an artist was doing a portrait of Duck (Don Andress) in front of the Victorian Summer Art Gallery.
My only contribution to this blog, other than the writing, is a technicolor photo of my shiner. I had already downloaded it onto Picasso to crop, so it didn’t get erased. I saw Ron, one of the taxi drivers, today when Judy, my condo friend, and I were downtown for lunch. Ron and I spoke as always, and he didn’t acknowledge that he noticed anything different. But when he brought Ted home from town this afternoon after it started raining, his first question to Ted was, “What happened to your wife’s face?”
I have been getting some really funny looks. People who don’t know me will kind of glance my way, then quickly look in the other direction. People who do know me and haven’t heard about my little accident, take one look and say, “Oh my gosh, what happened to you!”
I came up with three answers to that question, and I just use whichever one pops into my head first:
- “Yeah, but you should see the other guy!”
- “I’m trying out different masks for Halloween. What do you think of this one?”
- . . . . and my personal favorite – “I fought the horse, and the horse won.”
So, dear readers, until Monday, when I promise, good Lord willing, to have a weekend of Somewhere in Time stories and photos for you, have a wonderful weekend filled with family, friends, and fun. God bless.
BLOG UPDATE: I had placed a frantic call to my favorite computer guru, Lana in Atlanta, last night after I lost all my pics. She was not at home, but when she got in last night her husband relayed my message to her. This morning (Friday) she emailed me a site location for some software that might recover the pics. And it did! Technology is so amazing!
Thanks to all who have sent me suggestions to recover the pics. I needed all the help I could get. The pics are safely stored in a folder on my desktop. All is well.