Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Well it was inevitable that this should happen some time since my favorite saying is "TECHNOLOGY - DESTINED TO FAIL - AT THE WORST POSSIBLE MOMENT." I think you are all aware that Murphy was an optimist also. I have had this particular cell phone for about five or six years. I can't remember for sure but it has been a great phone and has a huge memory for numbers and information. YUP you are right I have taken full advantage of that memory. I had over 600 work and personal related people stored on the phone and some of them had as many as four phone numbers stored in it.

Saturday night I was sitting at the computer and had the thought "you should type all these numbers into the computer so when you retire you will have them." I went good idea - I'll do that one of these days.

Monday I went back to work and had one of those days where everything goes right. I accomplished every single thing (over 20 major loose ends) and got a huge WIN on all of them. You know the kind of day you have seven or eight times in a career. My last one for the day was to check out a trespass and assure it was closed out - it was - but it required a horseback trip to check. It was a great trip - the horses went good, the sun was shining, the weather was cool (not cold - no coat required), the birds were headed south, and the cows were headed home. You know one of those really nice fall days. Anyway we got home safely and unsaddled the horses, put the tack away and fed them then got in our trucks and headed for home.

I drove out of the yard the way I always do - around the tack shed to make sure all the doors are locked - they were so I went on home. As I pulled into the garage I needed to make a call so reached for my cell phone. It wasn't there. I knew I had it when I was in the yard because someone had called me while we were there so back I went to retrace my steps - NO SWEAT - I AM REALLY GOOD AT DOING THAT - THE THIRD PLACE I CHECKED (RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE TACK SHED EXACTLY IN THE TIRE TRACK I HAD CREATED WHEN I DROVE OUT) I could see the belt case and phone lying right there on the ground. Relieved I picked it up and noticed a tire track dead center across the case. I quickly opened the case and yup the screen on the phone was crushed - exactly in the middle - and there were no lights - there were no tones - there was no way it would turn on - the phone was DEAD. DEAD. DEAD. Inklings said it best - she said it was resting in pieces. I was livid - I had lost the opportunity to retrieve those people and numbers intact - and I feel a little disconnected without the phone.

I am sick about ruining this phone because it had been such a good one. I am sick about losing the people and numbers. I am mad that I didn't listen to the little voice Saturday. But I am glad that I have had the phone so long that I was entitled to a free upgraded phone - which will be here in a couple of days. When it gets here I will see if my provider can take the chip out of the ruined phone and transfer the data to the new phone - that would make me a believer in technology. Will it work? NAH - SEE THE FIRST SENTENCE OF THIS BLOG.


Nene said...

What a bummer.

Amber said...

have hope! I believe it will, you'd be amazed, just think about all those shows and movies where they dig the memory chip out of a fried computer. Also, they could have the backup online too, so don't give up yet!

Dee Ice Hole said...

Amber - just for the record all that stuff you see in the movies is make believe - trust me - TECHNOLOGY IS DESTINED TO FAIL AT THE WORST POSSIBLE MOMENT.

Inklings said...

But it didn't, did it? Glad you got all your phone numbers back and have a working phone now...even if the voice mail does say it's Chris. :0s