We Californians aren't really used to big storms and consequently tend to freeze in utter confusion when one attacks us. Last Friday I awakened to a crazy storm that kindly removed our fence (we now have a lovely view of our neighbor's yard), and left us with no power, heat, internet (OMG!), cell phone (yes - cell phone), no land-line (we have all portable phones that require electricity) and no lattes. I couldn't get out of my house (electric garage opener) so that pretty much left me and my little white fluffy dog stranded (and very chilly). We regained power later that night...but alas our DirectTV never regained consciousness (can you say "playoff weekend"?). We lost power again the following day (still no lattes). How we learn to appreciate the little things in life when such things occur - I must have pumped up the heat to 80 degrees when we did get the power back...just in case!
Interestingly we had dozens and dozens of hummingbirds at our feeder all day, and they'd previously really slowed down for the winter. I've never seen so many hummingbirds as I did during the storm (but then - there wasn't much else to do than watch the hummingbird feeder)...I'm sure one of you out there can explain that. Those cute adorable little birds had to wrap their wings around the feeder and hang on for dear life!
Today I'm packing for a red-eye to Atlanta for a Manufacturing User Group Meeting tomorrow night. Then on to Albany (where I've been promised it will be warm...sure it will) and finally Toronto for a CAD Camp. Be sure to visit me if you live in any of those cities...
On to an AutoCAD Hip Tip on Realigning the MTEXT Grips to Exactly Match the Text:
A reader by the name of Murray Clack sent in a wonderful tip regarding MTEXT grips (thank you Murray!). If you use wipeouts - you may have run into the scenario where the grips on your MTEXT object are too far outside of the actual text limits. This can cause your wipeouts to look a little lopsided. To force the grips to match the EXACT width and height of the MTEXT object, simply launch the MTEXT editor (double click on the text) and then double-click on the two arrows on the far right of the ruler bar as seen below. Presto! The width and height of the grips will automatically readjust itself to match the exact width and height of the MTEXT object.
And there's your AutoCAD Hip Tip from stormy California!