Writer’s Workshop: I Changed My Mind…

The perfect comeback to “I changed my mind” is “Thank goodness! Does this one work better?”

Remember “Pat” from Saturday Night Live, back in the days when it was actually funny? (source: Giphy)

No, seriously… Sunday, I was hard at work writing all the blog entries for this week, and for today I referred to the big master list of prompts Kat sent out. I thought I had the right group of prompts, but it was the one for next week.

I was just going to let it publish, then thought, “nah…” So you’ll see that one next week. That is, if it’s on the list.

I really don’t like change that much. There was a time that I embraced it, but as I’ve gotten older I realize I am getting a little more set in my ways. I think that’s the reason I stayed at my last job for almost 20 years, and would probably still be there if I hadn’t agreed to leave when I did.

On the other hand, I installed the new version of MacOS, Mojave, today, and I actually kind of like it. As with all new version of MacOS, there’s a lot of garbage I’ll never use and can’t get rid of. I can’t move it into a folder called “Apple Crap I’ll Never Use” either. I tried and a box came up and said, “sorry, that’s part of the operating system.” Hey, it’s my computer, I should be able to do whatever the hell I want to it. Maybe I’ll suggest it to them, even though I know what the answer would be. “We would have replied to your request sooner, but we hadn’t stopped laughing at it yet.”

Did you ever want to get in a time machine and go back to times when you really screwed something up, or times when you just thought of the appropriate comeback, or times that you had the choice to do something that you know you should have done, and just didn’t do it? Kind of like Back To The Future, but serious? Yeah, me too.

25 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: I Changed My Mind…

  1. You got a new look over here on your blog, I like it! I once removed junk off my computer that I thought I’d never need. Turns out I removed my entire audio drive and had to reset my computer to the factory settings in order to get it back. So now I don’t touch files that I think I don’t need. lol


    1. It might explain why you shouldn’t out-and-out delete programs, but I wasn’t trying to delete them, just put them in a folder so I wouldn’t keep tripping over them. I couldn’t even do that, and there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason as to why. Very strange.

      So, you like the new look? I’ve only had one person complain about it…


  2. I like your new look too. Glad to hear the new operating system is not too bad. I always wait a little bit before switching just in case. Yeah, I have a ton of stuff I never use too but I’m too computer illiterate to do anything about it. Never could figure out if “Pat” was a man or a woman but I guess that’s the point, huh? Happy Thursday, John.


    1. That was the whole joke with Pat: you couldn’t tell whether Pat was a man or a woman, and anytime you asked a question that might hint at it, the answer was always one that left you back at square 1. Very, very well done, and Julia Sweeney, who played Pat, was a genius.

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  3. Is it okay if I change my mind? Where can I buy a better one?

    When I was younger, I was determined that I would always be the kind of person who would enjoy change and keep up with everything current. My point of view has changed. It gets harder all the time to break away from the old and familiar.



  4. John,

    You’re funny. Thanks for the heads up on Mac’s new OS. I totally forgot about it. I’m pretty sure DH mentioned that to me and it just slipped my mind. I still haven’t gotten the last upgrade for my iPad. I did for my phone, though. I best take care of my iPad today. I like change to a degree especially with technology goes because it’s always improving. Sure, Apple and Microsoft do some purrrty dumb stuff and they think they have to do everything for the user instead of letting the user decide what he/she wants to do and when he/she wants to do it. If everyone else likes stuff to be automatic then fine, give it to them BUT allow me the option to turn that junk off. I don’t need a fancy-pants app to tell me that I’m spending too much time on the Internet. I already know that I spend too much time on the Internet and no amount of warnings, bells, and whistles will get me off until I’m ready to get off on my own accord. Gee, sorry I’m ranting! Oh, what I wouldn’t give to go back in time to do what I should’ve done the first time around. That would be pAwesome! ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. The iOS update should be available for your iPad. It’s Settings > General. But you knew that.

      The screen time thing is on the page with all the widgets and thus can be taken off of it, which I did when I found it. I don’t need it, either.


  5. My MacBook keeps telling me that it wants to change some things, and I keep just closing the windows. I don’t WANT it to change anything, plus, how do I know that it’s really Apple making these windows pop up and not some Russian spammer? Ugh! I feel your pain regarding change! ๐Ÿ™‚


        1. I’d try a malware remover and/or an antivirus program first and see if that gets rid of the popups. (yes, reality has set in to the Apple world.) If not, I’d bring it to an Apple Bar. That doesn’t sound right.

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  6. I don’t like change much either. I consider myself highly adaptable, but that doesn’t mean I like change. I hate the crap that takes up space on my iPhone and how my laptop came with apps that do not help me at all.
    I was almost done with my doors post last night when I remembered I WAS THE HOST TODAY. Gah!


    1. That whole “who moved my cheese?” thing is a little tiresome, isn’t it? Things changed so much at my old company, it was more like BOHICA (bend over, here it comes again).

      Unwanted software that lives on your hard drive when you get a new computer or laptop is called “bloatware,” and there are several places on the Internet that tell you (sometimes by make and model) what you can uninstall without repercussions. You have to be careful, or you might uninstall something that has drivers attached and render your computer worthless. With the iPhone, you can press an hold an app icon until the icons start to wiggle, then anything that has an “x” in a circle in the upper left-hand corner can be safely removed. A lot of the Apple stuff can’t be removed, unfortunately, including Apple Health, because it’s a big selling point for the Apple Watch (or as my brother calls it, a remote control for the iPhone), which had Tim Cook positively giddy at their product announcement thingy a couple of weeks ago.


  7. I was just thinking about what you wrote. My mom was a bit of a thrill seeker since she would travel with food between the east and west making it a game with the border guards and could have easily been shot. Later in life, she was perfectly content in her place. Travelling to the mall or the Tim Hortonโ€™s and disliked change. I have been in my job for over 27 yrs and once I have decorated my home the way I like it, why change it? On the other hand, my dear friend is bored with his job after being there for 4 years and will do something different next year plus he loves to travel but goes to remote places with wild monkeys, snakes etc…


  8. I don’t mind change if I have a clue what it’s about. I have Windows 10 and Microsoft is good at furnishing an explanation for their updates (not that I understand all of it). I’m not one to delete or move files that are related to my Operating System but I have shuffled files around and my computer still lives. I had to reset this laptop back to factory about a year ago and what a pain that is. Thus the reason I have a hard drive backup and other computers.

    Thanks for mentioning bloatware in one of your comments, John. I have a lot of pieces of “stuff” cluttering my files from various installations. I’m looking into it now.


  9. I’m still working on El Capitan….I’m afraid to update my iOS on my own!

    And I have definitely wanted to turn back time – a few times. And I also fervently wish that any witty retorts I have didn’t come to me two hours past the time they were needed.

    C’est la vie.


    1. I don’t think you can even upgrade from El Capitan to Mojave directly. You might have to install Sierra or High Sierra before you can.

      Two hours? I have retorts I think of from two decades ago…


  10. Hindsight is indeed 20/20 and that about sums up my past work week. The boss-lady had purchased an all-in-one Dell computer several years ago after a long night of television shopping…totally inappropriate for salon management and an overall POS. These systems are nothing more than glorified laptops with even more overheating and other issues. That being said, the damn system has been through one crash, and subsequent restoration; at that time, I advised her that we needed a more stable system with better ability to run our salon software program before disaster decided to strike again.

    It did, last Friday. Somehow, the entire debacle became MY fault. It wasn’t but you must understand the personality I’ve dealt with for over 25 years….e v e r y t h i n g is always someone else’s fault.

    I so need the nearest time machine but, for now, I’m working on one helluva comeback to start this work week!


    1. Sounds like she’s a bit of a narcissist: when things go right, she takes all the credit, when things go wrong, it’s everyone else’s fault. Everyone knows at least one person like that…


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