Sam’s place at Friedman Place, or about my Awesome apartment!

Hi Everyone,

So  let’s discuss Sam’s awesome new  apartment. Ok.  I moved in here last monday. I only saw really one apartment when I visited a few months ago, and that one was really nice and big. Mine is about the same size. (if someone in my family e-mails me pictures I’ll post here)

 My family and I didn’t have to  buy any furniture at all. I h have a bed and  nightstand, a nice big dresser with lots of drawers and plenty of room to put stuff on top, and a table for my computer   and scanner.

 I also decided to get   a landline, after much debate, since it’s nice to be able to call residents  and staff within the building. And it’s good to have a chicago number for all the new  Chicago friends I’ll hopefully be meeting.

 Oh, I forgot. The  apartment also came with an awesome couch that reclines, yay! TV is free here too, and I’ll be getting one soon.

 The apartment also has very nice windows that let the sunshine in. I also like the windowsills that are nice and big. I  picture Lucky sitting in the window, or Simon. So sad, no cats!

 Then there’s the kitchin. I h have a nice fridge, and microwave with braille on it. I also have a sink with  cupboards above it where I can put my snacks.

 I love the bathroom I have that’s so nice and spacious. There are plenty of  places to hang  towels and put stuff. I had issues with getting hot water in the shower, but now that’s fixed. It’s still not as hot as at college or my parent’s house, because I guess there’s some stupid rule that in a facility you can’t have water over 100 degrees or else it could burn someone. But the shower seat is nice as a plus, good for sitting and shaving.

 I honestly just walk around this place everyday touching stuff and saying to myself or out loud,”I can’t believe this  is all mine!” And it is. I signed a lease and payed rent on Wednesday.

 So yeah, I’m very pleased with my little set up. And really can’t ask for anything more. Except for a cat of course!

 But seriously. My family and I never thought I’d ever have my own place. And now thanks to this community I can. That means more than anyone  could ever imagine.

 So yeah, all that’s missing is the party!  Or at least a couple visitors.


New computer versus old computer

Hi Everyone,

So I have two laptops with me now, yay! Now I don’t have to worry about  ever being without a computer again, as  long as I take care of them both.

 Anyway, over the past couple weeks I got the new windows 7 computer up and running, well, sort of.

 I found that using JAWS (my screen reading software) on it is actually easier than I thought. Which is probably the best news out of all of this.

 Everything else is pritty annoying. I use Kirzwile scanning software, and an epsin scanner. We installed all of this, and then found out that there are compatibility issues with windows 7 for both. It costs $400 for a  Kirzwile  upgrade! I hate how  expensive this stuff is! (topic for a  later post, don’t get me started now!)

 Anyway, I figure I’ll wait  on fixing that until I get hooked up with blind services in Chicago, make them pay for it, which they will since I’m new and haven’t asked for anything  yet. So I got my scanning stuff up and running on the old computer, which it can handle now that I deleted all my junk from school and ten thousand e-mails!

 But it’s not just the software compatibility stuff that’s annoying. The new computer is just so touchy! It seems like every five minutes some security alert is coming up, or a new software update or something. And for some reason, even though my room here is close to the  wireless router, it has a terrible time staying connected to the internet. My IBM is pritty reliable about this. The internet access here isn’t the best, and on the IBM that I’m on now it does go in and out. But the windows 7 one is rediculous. I’ll just get online and start doing something and it’ll crash. There’s stuff I know how to do to get it back up again, usually re-starting the computer does it, but  sometimes that doesn’t even work. It only works when it wants to.

  Even my sister, who is better at computers than I am (she’s 16 after all!) was ready to hurt it very badly  after working with it for about a half an hour. She had wanted to set up skipe for me, and by the end of trying to work with it she said,”I’m ready to throw a whole bottle of water on this computer!” Not that this would have done much good, but still.

 So sad that I have this shiney new computer that has so many issues. It’s good for writing in my journal with, I know that works. Hopefully I’ll get used to it. When the blind services people come around I’m going to hide old reliable over here, and pretend  that the new one is the only one I have. Otherwise I know they won’t help me.

 It kind of reminds me of when I changed phones. I had my first  cell for like six or  seven years and took great care of it. But a couple years ago it really started having problems with the battery and stuff, so I got a new one. The voice recognition on the old one was awesome.  I could ask it the time and it would tell me right away, I could handle my contacts pritty well with it, and it accurately made calls for me.

 I’ve had this new one for about two years, and from the beginning the voice recognition has sucked! It doesn’t understand what I’m saying half the time and it’s so frustrating. You would think when you get something new it would work better than what you had before, not cause more problems.

 Anyway, hopefully I’ll get used to my new computer soon.