John & Anne Wiley

2010/10/26

Quick Upgrade

Only $60 for triple the drive space on my Macbook, so with the original drive nearly full from all our photos I finally went for it. Only took 15 minutes to make a “clone” backup of the original drive, install the new one, and another half hour or so to clone everything onto the new drive. So easy, and everything worked perfectly once these steps were completed. With one exception: my email didn’t work. Turns out my email app has been “improved” with features that made it choke and die on a larger but otherwise identical drive. It’s finally working again (and better in some ways), so enough whining. 🙂

Yesterday we took a friend flying for his birthday, so I’ve been spreading words & pix around (see links to Edhat & my Photo Page at the right). Here are a few more that I saved to put here to mark my return to Cyberia.

2962 SBCC & Harbor

2962 SBCC & Harbor

In case you’re wondering, yes another focus of my attention lately has been the “C4” movement to elect Haslund, Blum, Croninger & Macker to replace the incompetent SBCC Board of Trustees incumbents (see http://citizens4sbcc.org/). I didn’t think about disk drives at all during this flight, but did think about our candidates when flying past this beautiful campus of the college we loved even before Anne’s work there. She once had an office in one of the two buildings at the right end of the grassy area on the left.

Heading back to land at SBA after our tour of SB & Montecito we got an unusual routing from ATC that put us high over Ellings Park, so I snapped this.

3012 Ellings Park

3012 Ellings Park

Just out of frame to the right is where paragliders launch. They fly across a road to soar back and forth along the bluffs at the Douglas Family Preserve, named to honor Kirk Douglas and son Michael who matched the large number of donations from the community to buy and save this popular open space. Many locals still call it “The Wilcox” as it was known before. Just below it is Arroyo Burro beach, very popular with locals. Many still call it “Hendry’s” as it was known before. When we first moved to SB it took a while to find places due to this dual naming system. 🙂

3015 Santa Cruz Island

3015 Santa Cruz Island

After we passed over the beach and turned West along the shoreline toward the airport I snapped this view of the stunningly clear islands. Wish the camera didn’t somehow show haze we didn’t see, because this was so beautiful we talked about flying out to tour the islands.

OK, so now that I’m back maybe soon I’ll post more pix from the flight to SD and flights since. Also might be fun to share some from the recent C4 events we’ve attended like the one at Diandra Douglas’ estate (once home of Michael). After the election we’ll need to take another long trip to celebrate having more time!

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