Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Clay Aiken Serenades Laptop Launch

ANYTIME, SINGERMAN! -- While fans await Clay Aiken's next performance, they replay tours and appearances past. Graphic by AmazingCA, photos by fivegoldens.

LAP & LACIE Recap Opening

Computer Finally Cyber Sailing

Keeping my "queen of procrastination" title intact, I finally dusted off my crown Sunday and opened up the new Hewlett-Packard laptop that had patiently sat in its box through a busy student recital season and the start of summer lessons.

For two months since the unexpected demise of my beloved Satellite, I have limped around the Internet with an older model low on memory and whose power relies on the cord sitting with just the right crook. Needless to say, the battery enjoyed frequent, unscheduled workouts.

Ironically, LAP and LACIE, my occasional blogging assistants, are reminding me that their turn is long overdue. To keep the peace, this talented laptop and external drive will continue telling our latest chapter. After all, it's their story ...

LACIE: You sassy thing! Look at those spiffy new duds!

LAP: I do like my fancy silver keys, shiny black cover, and a cord that works without the old gal having to constantly change positions.

LACIE: I can't believe she took two months to set you up. Since you are her fourth laptop, I suppose your official name is LAP IV.

LAP: Aw shucks, LACE, you know it's the same ole me in a new pad. I'll be glad when the set-up is finished though. Between updates, uploading software, and getting used to the new system, it's been a crazy two days.

LACIE: I have to say my favorite part was finally getting Paint Shop Pro XI running again so we can edit new pictures of Clay Aiken! [Sigh]

LAP: Don't forget the grandchildren, LACE. New photos of Kai and Lia have been on stand-by for two months!

LACIE: Lawd Jesus, isn't it about time for a photo interlude for all us CA fans? [fans self] Tee hee!

PHOTO INTERLUDE: Featured in this clickable collection are graphics by AmazingCA with photographs by xxx4clay, 1; KarenEh, 3 and 4; and Invisible926, 5.

Set-Up Survives Foils, Follies

LAP: We enjoy noting countries that regularly visit our site, but there's something in the Feedjit Live Feed software that doesn't jive with Internet Explorer 8. Since our weekend update, just about everyone using an IE8 browser has been bumped right off the Carolina blog, including us!

LACIE: Caro is one hard-headed lady though. In the past two days, she contacted Feedjit and McAfee for assistance, investigating possible ways to keep the "feed" on board. There's a really nice guy at Feedjit still working on it. [grin]

LAP: Tuesday afternoon we deleted the Feedjit codes from the sidebar, so all IE browsers should find our door wide open.

LACIE: Meanwhile, the ClustrMap seems to be conflict-free; so we can still determine guest locations with red dots, a magnifying glass, and monthly updates. Many thnx to all our visitors from 121 countries who have come calling since 2007.

LAP: This week there have been some laughable moments, too. We set up a desktop from some of the CA photos on LACIE's drive.

LACIE: Every time Caro turned on LAP but let me sleep in, the desktop photo went away. The solution hit her in the middle of the night, LOL! You can bet there's a folder of desktop photos now stationed on LAP. [grin]

LAP: While fans anticipate Clay's next move, here's SueRue's montage to Everything I Don't Need from the On My Way Here album.

Everything I Don't Need - Montage by SueRue

LACIE: We picked this song because it provides some wonderful blasts from tours past.

LAP: And describes some of the many bumps we didn't need this week.

LACIE: Just remember, Singerman -- even the hardware is right here waiting!

LAP: Below is a clickable of AmazingCA's opening graphic:

Have a wonderful week, Clay Nation!

LAP, LACIE, and Caro

Other blogs highlighting Clay Aiken montages, recollections, and news include:

Clay Aiken News Network

All That Is Clay Aiken

Chexxxy's Pearls

Clay Aiken Journey

Clay-The Man


Shyeyewitness and Friends

Something That Really Happened

There Was a Man

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SueReu said...


Thanks so much for the fun, laughs, pictures *lawd jesus* and thanks for posting my video!!


Ashes said...

Great to hear from Lap & Lacie again! Lap will soon be at home in his new suit, it just takes awhile to get adjusted:)

Beautiful graphics & montage to look at on this crazy day.

I also removed Feedjit, switched back to IE8 and so far all is smooth sailing again. So nice!

LovesClaysVoice said...

Thanks for the blog Caro! It's hard waiting for Clay to reappear, but we all know he is worth the wait! Great graphics and love the montage!

Anonymous said...

Cute blog, enjoyed it allot. HOPE Clay will return soon. Enjoyed watching those videos and reading your blog. Made Us smile. Thanks! ~Donna in WI.

musicfan said...

Caro.....What fun. You always make me feel good when I read your blog.

As usual, I love the graphics.

Thank your for the great blog....and the smile

Anonymous said...

Love the blog!!!
Right here waiting!

fgs said...

That was funny. I'm happy to hear "Lap" is up and running. Lovely graphics and great video!

MissSally said...

So nice not to be kicked off this morning, I was beginning to feel unwelcome! *g*

Great to hear from LAP & LACE. they always make me laugh.

Congrats on the new & faster LAP...SILVER keys and all, (sorry couldn't resist that). After all my dear friend, CHANGE is good for you.


Anonymous said...

It's always a treat to visit here!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the fun blog Caro. It is hard waiting for Clay but we know he's worth it.


Anonymous said...

I love coming here!! from exciting new montages to delightful wallpaper to info that can make your day!! This place is like an oasis in the desert while we wait for Clay !!!

copingincalifornia said...

You are such a talented writer! And of course it's obvious you love Clay Aiken.

Anonymous said...

Loved it!!

ImGranny said...

What a cute blog! LOL Loved the montage and the pics of Clay Aiken too. He's such a cutie!

Melanie said...

I always love the Lap and Lacie blogs. Those two really complement each other. :) Of course it stands that I love ALL of your blogs. Thanks for keeping things going in this time of draught. :)

Allegra said...

Thanks for the laugh this morning.

AND thanks for the reminder to moderate comments on my blog. With it so slow in ClayLand I forget to go over. :-)