Raise your hand if you love getting a new computer. Raise your hand if you love getting a new computer you are forced to get because your operating system is way too old to support what you need your office computer to do every day. Raise your hand if you love moving all of your old computer files to your new computer that is so technologically new you have no idea how to use it. Raise your hand if you'd rather just go back to paper and pencil.
Okay, maybe that last line is a little extreme, but this whole Microsoft-no-longer-supporting-XP thing is creating a bit of a fuss in our office, that is for sure. Here is what Kevin's poor desk looks like right now - thank goodness he just straightened it up last week, although I don't think this was his plan:
Yep, that's three computers. The one on the left is Kevin's tablet. Now claiming center field is the new Dell, which is going to cannibalize the old Dell on the right this weekend. It's going to be interesting. Once the new Dell has all the info it needs, we will be doing a remote thing with Delaware Business Systems to make sure the two computers out in the dining room are up to speed with the office software. We already know that one is running on XP and will most likely have to be retired as well.
As I wrote in my weekly email this week, I've known for a long time that Microsoft was not going to support XP any longer, but I conveniently put it out of my mind, until I got that little reminder from *Bill* week before last. Suddenly, we were sent into high gear to find a replacement for our seven year old PC, which did not prove to be strong enough to support a Windows upgrade. (When I mentioned to a customer the other day that our office computer was 7 years old, she queried "Does it still work?") My brother is helping me with some of the software and I also have a very tech savvy sister who has been able to share some insight, but for the most part it is sort of point and hope. Going from the XP operating system, with Office 2007 on the 2007 Dell, to Windows 8.1 on an All-in-One Touch Dell feels like going directly from a pad and pencil to the Samsung Galaxy 5 - in one afternoon!
Meanwhile, the Brooks Tavern show must go on!
Last night the menu featured some of Kevin's delicious mozzarella cheese in the first course, followed by rainbow trout and chocolate cake - what's not to like, eh?
Of course, there has been more going on here at BT than computer woes. (Oh, and take note - so far, no traffic woes either, which has helped at lunch so far this week.) One event worth noting - the "Russell Girls" came in last week to celebrate the birthday of one (I can't remember which) of their husbands. I thought this was an excellent idea, one which perhaps I could promote? "Celebrate your husband's birthday at a Brooks Tavern lunch with the girls!" Yes!
My favorite story lately involves not only the food at Brooks Tavern, but also how a husband and wife manage to work together so closely for so long and remain married. The first time I saw the new chicken dish being prepared...
...as I watched Kevin put a fistful of arugula on the plate with no dressing, no nothing, then pour the sauced fettuccine over that, with finally the chicken paillard and its bacon, I was a skeptic. "Aren't you going to saute that arugula or at least dress it with something?" I questioned the Chef. He cleverly ignored me. A few minutes later, as I approached the diner whose chicken it was, she pointed her free index finger at her plate and practically shouted, "Off the charts, Barbara, this is Off The Charts!" And you might wonder, did I share this with the Chef? Of course I did. That's one of the reasons this relationship has carried on as long as it has in this business - humor at all times.
That, and a lot of wine!