I had an email this evening from Rose, wishing my tobacco plants well. Here’s what they looked like a couple of days ago. And a month or two back. In a few days these ones will have reached the top of the window. Still no flowers on them.
But the principal message of Rose’s email was that her computer was dying. A smell of burning plastic was coming from it, and it had already been resuscitated once by her daughter. She said she’d have to start saving to buy another one.
What would we all do without Rose?
I can’t think of anyone else than Rose who really ought to have a computer. She’s one of the best and most prolific commenters, not just here, but on all sorts of other blogs. And she has her own garden in which she grows tobacco. And she even has her own virtual ‘garden’ over on Forces (see right margin), full of all sorts of stuff she’s dug up here and there about tobacco (I’ve helped a bit there too).
Also she’s one of the people who never goes to pubs since the smoking ban, and hardly goes anywhere much now. But she has our little smoky online community. Or at least she will until her computer dies.
I only have her email address, but I’ve asked her if there’s some other way of contacting her. After all, if she has no computer, she won’t be able to receive emails. Maybe an address, or phone number, or her daughter’s email address. All I know is that she lives in Yorkshire. I’ve emailed her my mobile phone number.
Because if she can’t afford to buy another computer (and if she has to save up, it sounds like she can’t), I started wondering whether us lot might be able to help out. I’ve got an old notebook that I hardly ever use, but it’s only got modem phone connection, not broadband. I’d be happy to lend her that, except I live in Herefordshire.
I haven’t checked prices, but a new notebook was around £300 last time I looked, and the little netbooks are about £200. Or what about a secondhand one? Maybe a few of us might think of putting a few quid Rose’s way to get one. I could start Rose’s New Computer Appeal. It would be a bit pointless if we don’t know where to send it, though.
Anyway, I hate the idea of Rose not having a computer, and saving up one pound a week so that she can buy a new one in, say, 2016.
Anyone got any suggestions? There are quite a few people up Yorkshire way who might have some ideas. There must be something that can be done.
In other news, the Filthy Engineer has an online survey asking smokers whether they want to quit smoking. ASH is forever saying that 80% of us want to give up. Well, they’re right about the 80%. But his 80% are people who don’t want to give up smoking. And that sounds about right, in my experience.