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I'm fine, but my computer got hijacked. A hand-me-down from wife, she got it back when hers went down... again. It's the second time this year we sent it in under warranty for the hard drive. Hopefully I'll be back blogging soon.
I've been looking forward to this week for several months. Thursday is the 11th Annual HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner and Auction, and I'm on the auction committee. My job this year is the presentation of live auction items, how they are put on display. Signage was my big concern because I was without my computer in the crucial last week or two. But I don't have a working printer anyway, so it was either hand drawn signs or go to the library.
The Waukesha library doesn't have a color printer attached to public computers, but they gave me a great suggestion. WCTC has a computer lab. The computer lab is open till 9:00 at night but you need a $5.00 color card from the bookstore to print in color and it closes at 4:30 on Friday. Not open weekends. No problem. Called son, who happens to be a student at WCTC and was there at the time. He'd pick one up for me, but when I got home I didn't see a card, he was out of town and his cell went to voicemail.
Fortunately WCTC also has a library, and it's computers are connected to a color printer. Color copies are only a quarter, and they're open till 9:00 weekdays and some Saturday hours. With a lot of help from the librarian I was able to do what I needed to do.
Never taking advantage of WCTC's computers before, the amazing thing to me is they are free for public use. Even though a lot of my real estate taxes pay for them, it's good to know they do offer use of them without charge. And black and white copies are free too!
A lot has happened since my last blog, and I'm not going to bore you with it. One exception. The blood drive last Monday at St. William. I didn't mention it here to advertize it like I usually do, even after I learned only 14 signed up. The goal is 40. It turns out I didn't need to mention it here. It was one of, if not the, best attended blood drives I'd seen at St. William. I got there a little after six and left at 8:00. That's how backed up they were. We had a lot of walk-ins. Almost 60 people donated, which is good because the Blood Center donates a turkey to Hunger Task Force for every 20 people who come to donate blood.
This afternoon I'm helping with "Bundle Sunday" at St. William. Bundle Sunday is a clothing and cloth drive for St. Vincent De Paul. We collect any rags, old material or used clothes at the church and the St. Vincent store sorts what it can use and bundles up the rest for sale as recycled cloth. We're also collecting Caps for Kids at the same time.