Replacing a printer is harder than you think

Published 12:26 pm Friday, December 10, 2021

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Into the flat blue mist the sun
Drops out and all our day is done.


~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, excerpt from “Winter with the Gulf Stream”

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A  few months ago my old Canon all-in-one printer went on the lam—about the time I changed phone/internet providers to protest a rate increase. 


The printer–a cheapie–lasted more years than I ever thought it would– I couldn’t figure out if it quit because of the change, or because it was simply worn out. So I ordered pretty much the same thing again, just a newer version.


Well, Dear Reader, you know what the story is. Village Idiot pulls the new printer out of the box. Reads instructions, plugs it in, and monkeys around. No go. Scratches head. Gets headache. Goes to bed frustrated, wishing things would just WORK. 


Back at it the next day, Village Idiot researches various drivers for printer, still has no success. More headaches and finally SOS desperation signals to others who aren’t Village Idiots. A couple offers of help float in, but by then the Village Idiot has gotten lucky, out of the blue by turning on a nefarious network proxy button. 


That printer cranks up–it WORKS! Village Idiot crows in relief and pride — pumping arms —singing YOU DID IT, YOU DID IT!!! Secretly relieved that she actually got something to work… just don’t ask for assistance if your printer dies. 


Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) keeps active year-round with land conservation, trails and projects: visit or call 828-749-1560 to learn more. For information on hikes or volunteering for trail-clearing, contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or  

Saluda Hometown Christmas (sponsored by Saluda Business Association/City of Saluda) is back this year on Main Street from 6-8 p.m. on December 10. Music and entertainment will be at McCreery Park–along with laser lights, a campfire for roasting s’mores, a toy donation box, carols, and Santa. Elves along Main Street will offer goodies and hot beverages for strollers. Not all shops will be open, but all will be decorated. Saluda churches will hold an ecumenical service on the park’s stage at 8 p.m.


Saluda Historic Depot and Museum’s hours are Sunday/Monday 12-4 p.m., and Thursday/Friday/Saturday 12-6 p.m. Train Tales are  December 17 with a Perry Como Christmas Special. These events are at Saluda Historic Depot, 32 W. Main Street, Saluda. Presentations start at 7 p.m.; donations appreciated. 


Ebenezer Scrooge makes an appearance December 17/18, 7 p.m. at Mountain Page Community Theater (1303 Mountain Page Road) with “A Ghostly Mountain Christmas Tale”. Tickets available at Thompson’s Store; (828) 749-4803 for more information.


Saluda Pop-up Pantry is Tuesday, 1-6 p.m. at Saluda Presbyterian Church. Masks/safety precautions taken. Send donations to Saluda Pop-Up Pantry, P.O. Box 428, Saluda 28773, Saluda NC 28773. The “Winter Closet” for adults, teenagers and children can use winter coats, sweaters, socks, hats, gloves, and blankets; you can email to schedule a time to deliver; paper goods are needed too. Visit to learn more.


Pavers for Pace Park is a community fundraiser to support completion of public restrooms in a pocket park in the alley by M. A. Pace General Store. Forms can be obtained from City Hall, City of Saluda website, or from Catherine Ross at or 828-749-3534.  


Happy December birthday to Judy Ward, Holly Wilkes, Theresa Wilkes, Perry Ellwood, Donnie Hunter, Jeff Bradley, Preston Mintz, Carolyn Morgan, Susan Casey, Jeff Jenkins, Nikki Ammerman, Cas Haskell, Mary O. Ratcliffe, Laura Fields, Lord Blanton, Beth Brand, Jim Carson, Susan Ansley, Tom DeKay, and Ana Lilburn.  


Feel free to contact me at, (828) 817-6765, P.O. Box 331, Saluda, NC 28773, Facebook, or visit