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Fried! Toasted! Shazam! . . . Kaboom! May 13, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Humor, Travel & Leisure.

PC-CatThe printer is fixed!

BFF diagnosed the problem while cleaning the computer this morning ~ a fried AC adapter from a storm a few nights ago.

He went to Staples to get a replacement ~ no luck.

The tech guy estimated that a new adapter (on-line from HP) would be $60 ~ almost as much as a new printer.

BFF called a local computer place . . . Toasted Computer Services.  Gotta love a techie with a sense of humor!  Tom (at Toasted) sold us an adapter  compatible with our printer for . . . $5!

Shazam!  (It worked.)

We’re going to the Back Alley to hear SR64 ~ a Bluegrass Band.

Tonight’s the last time Back Alley is hosting musicians before moving to a new location down Bridge Street (with no backyard for outdoor concerts).

Tomorrow is the Pier Centennial Celebration ~ the AMI Pier turns 100!   Music, Food, Wine, and . . . Fireworks!



1. Penny - May 13, 2011

Glad to hear you were able to fix your computer and at a very good price-Hope you enjoy the Bluegrass and the City of Anna Maria
Pier Centennial. I love fireworks, all the beautiful colors and the excitment.

nrhatch - May 13, 2011

The Bluegrass was lively with lots of wee tots dancing around. A nice way to end the concerts held there over the past few years.

2. jannatwrites - May 14, 2011

I love a good bargain and you happened upon one with that adaptor. It’s a bit frustrating when replacement parts cost nearly as much as the whole!

I hope your night on the town was fun. I bet the fireworks were gorgeous 🙂

nrhatch - May 14, 2011

Fireworks are tonight . . . weather permitting. Folks have worked hard for years planning this Centennial Celebration. Hope it doesn’t get washed out.

3. eof737 - May 14, 2011

Sounds like you are having tons of fun. Love the color of that back alley. Enjoy the night! 🙂

nrhatch - May 14, 2011

Me too! It’s a neat shop filled with funky art from local artists. Very eclectic.

4. kateshrewsday - May 14, 2011

A characteristically positive twist on a printer crash, Nancy. Glad you sorted it! And the next few days sound like they’re going to be fun. Let’s hope the Back Alley can find a way of hosting indoor music…

nrhatch - May 14, 2011

I would have carted the whole printer in to have it looked at by “someone.”

BFF glanced at the adapter and said, “I bet this got fried the other night. Let me test it.” He got out his handy-dandy voltmeter ~ sure enough, no current. Diagnosis complete.

Just one of the many reasons I keep him around. 😀

5. Cindy - May 14, 2011

Happy for you re the techie solution. And your weekend sounds fab. Love that little purple building 🙂

nrhatch - May 14, 2011

I pictured your little store filling its interior . . . with all your handmade dolls, etc. It even has a little counter/kitchen in the back where they sold baked yummies and sweet treats.

We peeked in the window of the new shop and they are planning a small bakery section in it as well.

6. Tilly Bud - May 14, 2011

It pays to shop around!

Back Alley is so pretty to look at.

nrhatch - May 14, 2011

There’s an artist colony near us called Village of the Arts. It has about 40 galleries housed in bungalows and cottages in walking distance from one another ~ most are painted in similar fashion.

Just looking at the buildings makes me smile.

7. flyinggma - May 14, 2011

Sounds like an exciting weekend. So happy that BFF got your printer fixed. Dean always heads straight to EBAY whenever something is not working and usually finds what we needs and has it shipped right to our door.

Love the picture of the Back Alley, so colorful and fun.

nrhatch - May 14, 2011

The tech at Staples suggested EBay too. That might have been our next step. Tom at Toasted lives just 2 miles away.

It’s nice to know he’s there if we have future computer woes.

8. 4minutewriter - May 14, 2011

I hope the Back Alley’s new location is just as funky. In a Starbucks world, it’s so much more special to have places like that.

nrhatch - May 14, 2011

I agree. We have almost no chain stores or restaurants on AMI ~ just banks, groceries, hardware, and drugstores.

All the rest is individually owned and quite an eclectic mix.

9. Julie - May 14, 2011

As a word lover, I appreciate it when people come up with the perfect ones to describe services – Toasted Computer Services = perfect!

nrhatch - May 14, 2011

That’s what we thought! Especially since no computer owner wants to hear, “Sorry. It’s toasted.”

10. Sandra Bell Kirchman - May 14, 2011

When I read the title, I could see that Fried and Toasted were connected, but had no idea how the other words fit. Did you write the article first and then name it? Or the other way around?

I too love the colorful little blue building. I wish we had something fun and funky like that in Esterhazy 😛

nrhatch - May 14, 2011

Sometimes the title comes first, other times the article. In this case, I sent an e-mail to my sister which used those 4 words. I decided to revise it add the photos so that people could see Back Alley.

The bluegrass last night was fun and the owners bought pizza for all of us!

Today, the Wine & Dine on Pine was fun. We’re home for the afternoon, and will head back for music and fireworks this evening.

11. CMSmith - May 15, 2011

The humans win over technology. One for the humans.

nrhatch - May 15, 2011

Go us! 😀

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