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Missive #206

George MacDonald Fraser—beloved for his series of Flashman historical novels—offers an action-packed memoir of his experiences in Burma during World War II. Fraser was only 19 when he arrived there in the war’s final year,A good read without any of the Flashman bravado. and he offers a first-hand glimpse at the camaraderie, danger, and satisfactions of service. A substantial Epilogue, occasioned by the 50th anniversary of VJ-Day in 1995, adds poignancy to a volume that eminent military historian John Keegan described as “one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War.” — Book promo @ goodreads.com

We had some Washington-Oregon coast weather here this past Sunday and Monday. I got somewhat wet Sunday morning when we were doing our walk and then a little wetter when out for breakfast and grocery shopping. It would have been worse if I had been out there later in the morning when it rained even harder. A total of 0.30″ for the day with it becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. Then Monday morning we had a few sprinkles, drizzle and fog while on our walk but that became a real rain later in the day with a total of 0.40″ for the day. Mostly overcast on Tuesday so we were able to do our two walks but then more rain starting around 16:00. The desert is going to be abloom this Spring.

I have had very poor Verizon internet speeds since Saturday. When I did speed checks I’m seeing 0.03-0.05 mbps downloads and uploads in the 2-3 mbps range. Verizon claim all their system are working fine although I find there are people in Yuma that have also complained. I can not call them and their Chat is worthless; you get a R2D2 robot that wants to lead you through flaming hoops before finally connecting you to a human. I never went that far.

With that very slow internet I have been starting another WordPress project. Steve, my Indiana blog friend then a part time neighbor in Sierra Vista and now back in Indiana bought a scanner for his 110 slides. When he blogged about scanning them I emailed him and asked if he could do some for me. I got the digitized image files back last week via the Internet. The photos look very good but there is a small problem – every photo shows a Title of “Scanner” and each one has “Scanner” as a Caption. Therefor, the project is to download them into WordPress Media, edit the title and caption, upload the edited photos into MetaSlider and then have MetaSlider display the reordered photos on a Page. I have managed to learn how to do all of that; now all I have to do is get about 240 photos reordered in two slider displays and I’ll be done. HA

You can see what I have accomplished so far by going to the Hamburger Menu and clicking on Vacation in Costa Rica (under Construction).

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