2018 Life Logs, Day 40—Google Driving Me Crazy
Date: Friday, February 9, 2018
Weather: Mostly Cloudy; High 32, Low 31 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

More specifically, it is Google Drive that is driving me crazy. I am writing this log a day late because I had to take my computer to the shop and leave it overnight. It is now Saturday and I obviously have my computer back, but it is still trying to resolve its problem. The young man at the computer shop doesn’t think my computer has a virus. He believes that the problem arose because of something that happened with my Google Drive. I pay for this service as it constantly, I thought, does a sync with what is on my computer and the Google “cloud”. Justin encouraged me to use Google Drive as the cloud storage services store my files and photos in a central location, the “cloud”, which gives me some backup protection in case I lose something. But the automatic syncing function has been turned off on my computer. When? How? I don’t know. And then for some reason, the syncing function went bonkers on my computer on Tuesday and started sending random files and photos to the recycle bin. On Wednesday and Thursday, I spent my time trying to back up files and photos on a hard drive in case the problem was a virus, but even that was more difficult than normal. And when I would restore the files and photos that were being put in the recycle bin, Google Drive just put more and more in there. Yesterday morning, I thought I had everything under control, so I left the computer and went to the kitchen to do a bit of cooking. When I got back to my computer about two hours later, the recycle bin was once again full. I finally panicked and called the woman who helped me with a computer issue this fall, only to find that she is in Hawaii. So, reluctantly, I headed to Cape Coastal Computers. I say ‘reluctantly’ because in the fall of 2016 when I had a major email catastrophe, I took my computer there and was less than happy with the results. When I picked up my computer this afternoon, I was told to keep it on until Google has finished syncing. This was done yesterday and during the night and when the process was completed this morning, the young man restored everything that was in the recycle bin, uninstalled and reinstalled Google Drive, and started another sync. It is not halfway there yet, but at least I can use the computer while this is happening. When the sync is done, the young man thinks things will be fine. But if I still have the problem of files and photos being sent to the recycle bin, he said he was clueless as to what could be causing it. At that point, if he is clueless, I don’t know where that puts me! I don’t even want to think about it. But for now, I will continue checking my documents for items that have been deleted through this process. I started with my Travel Logs yesterday and found that there are definitely missing logs as far back as 2005. I do have these backed up, but it is painstaking process to find the missing ones and replace them. Fun, fun.

I hope you loved watching the opening of the Olympic Games 2018 last night on NBC as much as I did. I had read that the event executive producer Yang Jung-woong said the “Peace in Motion” ceremony was designed to unfold like a winter fairy tale. And it did so beautifully. The only negatives for me were the commercials and the fact that our vice-president and the sister of Kim Jong-un were sitting just a few feet from one another, yet neither recognized the other. But at least North and South Korea acknowledged each other and their athletes marched as united Koreans. Imagine . . .

John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band
Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace, you
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

2018 Life Logs, Day 41—Enjoying the Olympics
2018 Life Logs, Day 39—Loony