Boot Up Problems with MacBook Pro 2017

Today my new MacBook Pro (15-inch 2017) arrived by FedEx.  Nope, I didn’t take a picture or shoot an unboxing video.  No time for that.

I purchased the MacBook from B&H Photo.  Yes, yo can get the better Coffee Lake processor with more RAM and most likely a faster SSD in the 2018 model, but that was too far out of my price range.  After I got over the initial hiccup with the setup (which is what this post is about), I am enjoying my new 2017 MacBook Pro.

While I was setting up the Mac, I received an error after connecting to my home Wi-Fi.  A critical software update was needed but there was an error.  I clicked Try Again, and everything seem to work.  I was able to set up with macOS High Sierra and everything was good to go. Critical_Software_Update_2Then I plugged in the charger, and nothing.  No power, no chime, no change in the battery icon.  Weird.  I rebooted the Mac and the same error came back, and nothing was letting me get past it.  I found a discussion on an Apple Community and it resolved my problem.

Here are the steps and the link to the article I found:

  6. POWER ON.

Minor issue fixed!  I am able to charge the Mac, update to macOS Mojave, install almost all of my apps, setup iCloud, and a few other things.

A Nice Weekend in Washington DC

The kids were off from school on Friday for a teacher in-service day, so I took the family to Washington, DC for a 2 day trip.  I’ve visited DC several times over the lat 25 years with my wife, and the Boy Scouts.  This trip, however, was my daughter’s first.  Our first stop was the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Unites States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a very emotional place to visit.  My daughter took in a lot of information during the visit.  Like the good student she is, she then repeated everything she read back to me and included information from books she read over the last few years.  As always, there were a lot of students walking around chatting, looking at their phones, and have no clue of the past.  Yet these are the same people who need a safe space because someone treated them unfairly.  OK, I don’t want to get started on something political, so I’ll move on.

We stopped for lunch at Shelly’s Back Room and I had one of the best Blackened & Blue Cheese burgers in my life.  The only thing that would have clinched it as a perfect meal would have been a draft beer.  After lunch we were off to the Whitehouse, World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and then to the Museum of Natural History, and we stayed there until closing.  We cover almost 9.5 miles! Then it was off on the Metro to Arlington, VA to the hotel.

At the Museum of Natural History

Saturday we checked out a few more places including the American History Museum  before heading home for a Boy Scout Service Project.  All in all, it was a full weekend with the family.  Everyone had a great time, and I’m

looking forward to going back in March with our Boy Scout Troop to hike the city and check out some of the lesser known monuments.

The feature image on this post is a Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.


The 1989 Batmobile (my favorite Batmobile)

More Subaru Car Repairs

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Had to drop off the Subaru again at Matt Slap because the Check Engine light came on and the cruise control light is blinking.  Well they called back a day later with some news.  The car computer is giving error code PO420.  Turns out I need a new catalytic converter.  Spit-take my coffee when they said $1,700.00 to replace it.  Are you kidding!!!  I want the car fixed but not at this price.  Time to call around to some other garages and look for coupons.

Update On My Outback After Repairs

Thursday afternoon Matt Slap called with some good news.  My car raparis are complete and the cost came in $300 cheaper than expected.  Now it drives like new!  I hope to keep the Outback around for another 5 years before we sell, trade-in or scrap it.


Got a call back about the Outback.  YIKES!  I might need to sell some blood or some side computer work to cover the bill.

Car Maintanence for my 2007 Outback

I purchased my Subaru Outback 2007 with 5000 miles on it from Matt Slap Subaru in the summer of 2007.  Although I drive my 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee more than the Outback, I still love that car.

My car is 11 years old with about 101,200 miles.  We want to keep it around for a few more years.  This is a great car for the kids to learn how to drive.  When it is running well, this car can really move.  It’s fast, responsive, and never been stuck in the snow (even with bad tires).  Did I mention I love this car?

My 2007 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5.

I have not kept up on the maintance as well as I use to (still love the car).  I change the oil around 5000 miles.  Other items are still factory original such as spark plugs and wires, coolant, transmission fluid, fule pump and filter, and timing belt.  The Outback is running rough (check engine light is on and it has a hugh loss of power), so I dropped it off yesterday.  Just waiting for a call.  I’m sure this will be expensive.

iPod Touch 4 Still a Great Music Player

Last week I found an old email from Apple welcoming me to my iPod touch.  This was my third Apple product I bought, and it was amazing!  It came with 32GB of storage and can play all of my games, videos, YouTube videos, and music with space to spare.  I used this as my camera on our Disney World vacation, and took it camping with me.

Last year I wiped and reset the iPod and left it on the charger for the longest time.  I had no intention of using it in my Jeep.  My music is on an SD card and I use Sirius XM or stream Apple Music when I travel.  But the last couple of days, I’ve been driving my old Subaru which does not have an SD card reader or Bluetooth.  It has a an AUX connect that works well.  So yesterday I uploaded all my music to the iPod Touch and played music on the way to work, and I’m listening a rock music playlist with some of my favorite artists including Meat Loaf, AC/DC, Van Halen, Kansas, David Bowie, David Gilmour, and Bob Seger.

My iPod Touch is still working great for music, reading email, reminders, address book, and some web sites.  Definitely one of my better purchases.