Sky and Heaven

Saturday 23rd, I had to wake up 5:00 in the morning and drive 50 kms north. A one hour drive to  Xochitla park where hot air balloons were going to be launched. I wanted to go there since I had missed that event at least three times and it is only once a year.

Hot air balloons

I could see the massive balloons being filled up, first with a couple of fans for cold air and as they started to have a round shape they would use propane burners to make them lift up from the ground. After that, it would take few time to have them ready for take off. The bigger ones for eight or then passengers would take longer and were the last to go.

I had only one concern that day, my uncle had been sick and doctors had said his time was short.

The take off was at 7:00 all passengers aboard. They would go as high as 15,000 meter and travel the skies for about two hours. I couldn’t hold my thoughts as the balloons started to rise up about what a beautiful sight this was to be shared with him.

I was back home at noon, packed with lots of photographs and a story. An hour later I learned that while I was watching the skies, my uncle was watching me from heaven. He passed away in his sleep at 7:00 am

Hot air balloons

Meet Hugo

This is Hugo, a cute little trained bird to get luck cards…

And that is about what I need since I have not been able to put my Mac back to work.
I can’t access my backup disk, and my computer won’t start.
I should have known better being a Tech guy! Well, data is there I just can’t read it. You see, Mac stores its files on a different file format that a PC can’t read, well basically since that is the way I formatted the disks.

Houston we have a problem.

So, the internal disk is ok and all my files are there. — checked!
I have a backup disk that secures my files so well I can’t see them because of how they are formatted. — checked
I have a third disk presumably to be used as the main backup disk, accessible through my network that I didn’t set as such — checked (ouch!)
I have two terabytes worth of space in the Cloud for backups, UNUSED — haha this one hurts.
I will ask Hugo for a backup strategy plan, one that allows me to have access to all my files in case of an event like this.

ps. I am setting up my laptop as my photographic lab in the meantime I solve my Mac issue.
Did I mention about all the photography software I can’t have access to? thought so. —checked.

Meet Hugo.

Meet Hugo


Luis wanted to say hi!

Meet Luis

Mercury In Retrograde 2016

Mercury was in retrograde on Jan. 5-25

It turns out that Mercury reigns travel, communication, automobile, technology, and contracts.

When Mercury is in retrograde it is like it is moving backwards through the zodiac and this just happened and will happen this year two or three more times. According to the ones who really know, one could experience delay and frustration.

What does it have to do with me?  ha! First I thought nothing.

A friend of my told me that I should back up my computer and be certain that the backup did worked. Since I have automatic backups set with Time Machine (an iMac feature), I just re-ran it and presto, then I double checked it worked and ta-da! all set. Actually that is what I do on a daily basis and just did it an extra time, just in case.

That was on Jan 5th. On Jan 6th may computer did not start. Yes, it just didn’t start.

Being literate about computers I figured out a way to diagnose it. The (GPU) Graphic Processing Unit is damaged.😦  The good thing is that it can be replaced so I just need to go to the technician and see how much that is going to cost.

Another event is that my car has been at the shop for almost 2 months, body work is needed since I skid and hit the right fender. Nothing to do with Mercury with the exception of having my car back. It took a month to start fixing it because of parts were not available, then it took two weeks to repair it, and finally three weeks getting it since by the time it was ready  it was faulty for a different reason….go figure. Going back and forward with the insurance company, bad communication, phone calls not returned and you probably know the rest. I just got my car today.

So that makes my Mercury retrograde: delays, delays and breakdowns. I am not a superstitious person, but I have realized that when you are more conscious of your surroundings, of your environment, that is when you start realizing of how some forces (like in physics) affect us.

Note: next Mercury retrograde on April 28-May 22, Aug. 30 to Sept. 22 and Dec. 19 to 31.

imac flickr

How my computer screen looks now.