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A Quick Computer Question

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Does anyone out there synchronize a palm device/PDA with a calendar program that is not Outlook or Palm Desktop? I really would like a bit of “experience, strength and hope” today.

I love the new calendar I use, when I’m dealing with the version on my laptop. However, I’m not satisfied with how it synchronizes changes I make (especially on the palm device), and I really am unhappy that it does not synchronize my addresses at all.

Any input, even small bits or sad stories, would be helpful at this point. Thanks for your consideration.

(You can comment or send me email to Lynn -AT- ColorJoy DOT com)

Chicago Adventures

Friday, July 6th, 2007

chicagobean.jpgOn Sunday after the Fri/Sat events of Chicagoland Ukulele Jamfest, we had a day on our own. We made the most of it.

First we went to lunch on Devon Avenue, the section I’m told is sometimes called “Little India.” We ate at Tiffin (I usually go to Udupi Palace but Jima of the comments had suggested that Tiffin was also good… it had been many years since I’d been there). Brian had the Sunday buffet which looked very good. I had been craving eggplant so I ordered that from the menu. All good, and excellent table service beyond that which I’ve seen in Lansing since I worked at a fancy restaurant in the late ’70’s.

After lunch I checked out a few clothing stores. I admired the sari/saree fabrics but opted for a two-piece outfit (sometimes called a Punjabi but now worn by many cultural groups and sometimes otherwise called Kameez Salwar (top-pants, the word for top is related to the word “chemise”) or Salwar Kameez. Most of these also come with a “scarf” or wrap for the neck/bodice area, usually of matching fabric or sometimes a pleasant contrast.

chicagobeanshadow.jpgThe one I chose to take home has a turquoise top with lots of machine embroidery in many colors, and solid-colored fuschia pants. It has a plaid turquoise/fuschia wrap which I don’t like as well. The top fits very well and is sort of the perfect colors. The embroidery reminds me of some I saw in Mexico, believe it or not.

The ensemble first seemed like a cotton/poly blend (the saleslady insisted it was cotton) but after taking it home I think it may be a high-quality 100% polyester. I won’t be wearing it in the dead heat of August but it should be fine in fall and spring. My second choice was definitely a lightweight cotton but it did not fit as well and was merely printed fabric, no embroidery, and I opted for the color/fit this time. . .

After clothes shopping, we went to Patel Brothers Grocery. I love this place. Most of the food markets in this section of town are fun in cute/tiny family grocery ways, but Patel Brothers has the most spectacular variety I can imagine.

chicagomilukulele.jpgThe produce includes things I have eaten in Mexico and Africa (did I write that? lucky me) and they also had vast shelves full of all sorts of flours, beans/dal, and spices. I took home about a dozen prepackaged dinners (in boiling packets rather than cans) that are great for travel, vegetarian meals like mild yellow lentils or medium kidney beans in tomato sauce (like veggie chili). I also picked up the candy-coated fennel seed candies I enjoy.

After our Little India adventure, we headed to downtown Chicago. We parked under Milennium Park which is really pricey but it costs something like $15 for zero to 8 hours (ouch) and so it looked like even if we drove out right away it might cost us a bit. We parked and went up to the park for maybe 2-3 hours. It was very worthwhile.

We first visited the shiny sculpture whose real name I do not know but I think Stephanie Pearl McPhee (Yarn Harlot) called it the bean. it looks like a huge and impossibly shiny bean, indeed. It is pretty from a distance but the closer you get the more amazing it is. From a distance it reflects the sky and the skyline, and you taking the photo.

From up close if you get underneath, it becomes obvious that the convex shapes inside and under the sculpture are designed for amazing and delighting the eye. I stood in one place underneath and could see my own reflection in eight (8) different spots. It is wonderful.

chicagomilfountain.jpgAs we exited the sculpture area, there was a large recessed area where we saw several street musicians. None had any tip jars out, they were just performing for the crowds. I’m guessing the Parks department (they call it something different than we do in Lansing) pays these performers. One guy was juggling and one woman was on stilts and singing familiar songs for a crowd, accompanied by none other than a Ukulele. Too bad she didn’t seem to have been at the festival the day before!.

After that, we went to the water sculpture. When I was in Chicago with Altu (I think that was in 2002 or 2003) it was relatively chilly that day and nobody was playing in the water. This time was different, and there were many, many children and a few adults wading and splashing in the water under the two tall rectangular block sculptures made of glass blocks. These blocks change, sometimes they have faces projected from the inside out, and the faces change. Sometimes they are just colored. This time I got a great shot where one of the projected faces appeared to be squirting water out of its mouth, and the kids were splashing under the fountain of water.

chicagomilfield.jpgOn the way back we looked at the area which in winter is a skating rink but now is a food court, and we wandered to a quieter area. This area had wildflower fields, lots of flowers of all sorts. There also was a sort of man-made creek which was sort of like a fountain but without squirting water, and lots of folks had thrown coins into it (I am assuming they were making wishes with each coin).

At that point we found our way to the car and headed home. I am really glad we took the time to wander slowly out of town. Chicago always recharges my emotional batteries and I really appreciate it.