May 08 2007
I went camping with my father and brother, along with about 30 other guys on our annual ‘fishing’ trip this last weekend. It was great, except when we went to start Dad’s truck Friday morning; no truck should be making the sounds his did. This wouldn’t have been a big deal, except we were over 10 miles from the nearest paved road. AAA came through, but not without a some hassle. This didn’t ruin the trip, but it had the potential. Minor disaster #1.
Sunday after grabbing a ride home from another camper, I took my car out to drop off a couple of movies the wife had rented for the kids. I went to roll down the driver’s side window and I heard a crack and the sound of parts settling to the bottom of the door. This was worrisome, but livable, until the whole window decided to fall to the bottom of the door. Luckily it didn’t break. Minor disaster #2.
Last night after work I settled down to play a few minutes of my favorite game, City of Heroes. I’d been online for half an hour or so when the screen went black. Figuring something had overheated, since it was 93 degrees out, I let the system cool down for a little while. When I booted, only one of my two monitors was coming up, and even then, there were strange characters on the screen. A trip to Best Buy for a brand new GeForce 8600 GTS OC video card and I was back in business for a mere $300. But the good news is I got a much better video card out of the deal, the 8600 replacing a 6600 I had purchased last year. This one’s actually meant to drive two monitors. Minor disaster #3.
These are all minor issues in the grand scheme of things and I hope they’ve run their course. It’s annoying to have a series of mishaps like this, so I hope I’ve had my share for a little while. I don’t know how much it’s going to cost to fix my car or my father’s truck yet, but I have the funny feeling neither is going to be cheap. Looks like things are going to be a little lean until next paycheck.
And now back to your regular programming.