The Mundling Zone

Thoughts, rants, and raves from the desk of Michelle Mundling

Sunday, April 20, 2003

Sick Computer/Deceptive Camera Ads

I'm so upset! My computer is sick! All I know is that my CD drive has stopped working and it is preventing my computer from doing a normal start-up. I have to go into "Safe Mode with Networking." When I click on "My Computer," the CD drive icon is missing. Looks like another trip to the repair shop.

We had our montly family get-together today. I took some pictures with my new digital camera, but I'll have to insert them later when my computer is fixed. The program that downloads the pictures from the camera will not work with the computer in Safe Mode.

Speaking of cameras, I must share this. My new digital camera is a Vivitar Vivicam 10 blue with camera case, wrist strap, batteries, software, USB cable, instructions ... all for around $45.00 at Wal-Mart. Leading Innovations claims this camera retails at $325.00, but their price is a low low $79.95. Here are the links to both Leading Innovations and Wal-Mart. I'll let you decide for yourself ;-)

Leading Innovations


5/11/2003 -- I fixed the Wal-Mart link

2/8/2004 -- The link for Leading Innovations had to be adjusted. It seems now if you try to directly link to the page, you're redirected to However, Leading Innovations main page still features the same camera in red, so I can still get my point across. I wonder how long it will take them to realize I'm on to them and change things around again? Maybe I should do a screen capture ;-)

Monday, April 14, 2003

Here's My Sign

This pretty much sums up how I feel about the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism:

A big thank you to Lorra Olsen of Reidsville, Georgia, for printing this for me. I brought it home and showed it to my dad. He took it to Staples to have it photocopied and laminated. I don't know how many he had printed and laminated, but there were a lot.

Sunday, April 13, 2003

How Stupid Can The Media Be?

Late last month, I had posted that I was not going to watch the war. That doesn't mean I can't hear the television in the other room when other people in the household are watching it. These reporters floor me with their asinine questions they ask the soldiers, and if the soldiers or those in charge refuse to answer a question, the media quickly declare that "they're hiding something!" Give me a break! This is a war. There are things that the public does not "have a right to know" until after the war is over. We do not need to know our troops' battle plans, current and future locations, nor how many enemy soldiers were killed while the war is in progress. The enemy is also watching the news, and they're taking notes of every broadcast. I really believe that the media can compromise our troops' safety and ultimately the security of our country. I really believe the reporters, news anchors, and media outlets need to exercise some common sense.

Saturday, April 12, 2003

On The Road/Haircuts/Divorcing Friends

I've been on the road a lot the last couple of weeks, so I haven't been able to make any entries to this blog. At least the road trips are over ... for now. I didn't mind the training classes, and I usually don't mind the traveling. However, we've had a lot of rainy weather down here, and it has rained just about every day I've been on the road or away from home. In two more weeks, we will be converting from one computer system to another. After the conversion, I'll be able to breathe. Until then, I feel like I'm working under the gun with an ever-shortening deadline.

Ever tried to let your hair grow out, but then it get's to that awkward length that makes you want to cut it? It's at that stage now. I'm hoping that evening up the ends will help make it lay down better. Otherwise, I'm cropping it back to 3 inches again with the Flowbee. Mom wanted a really really short hair cut, so after asking her to make sure that it was what she wanted, I cut her hair really really short. How short? Think Susan Powter. The thing is ... Mom looks good with it that short!

I have two friends that have met their spouses on the internet in chat rooms. Both friends kept telling me that I should give it a try and that I would find someone. I kept telling them that I'm not interested in a romantic relationship and that I already had plenty of friends. I'm also leery of meeting anyone in a chat room these days (I'll explain more in another paragraph). Anyway, it is with great sadness that I must report one couple is headed for divorce and the other couple have already divorced. It breaks my heart. I like both their spouses. It's too late for one couple, but I am praying that the other couple can salvage what's left of their marriage.

Why am leery? Experience. Most people that I've met in chat rooms want to either play head games or have cyber-sex. I cannot trust people who pee on my shoes and tell me it's raining. I got fed up with the baloney and have stopped using chat rooms. Unless I'm talking to one of my friends in another town or another state, I have no interest. If people get good experiences with internet chat rooms, I'm happy for them. It's just not for me.