Why is it whenever I have some extra cash coming my way things start breaking? Happens every time, without fail.
Sunday morning I was presented with a blank screen after firing up my PC. Switched over to the Mac and everything’s a-ok. Son-of-a! Time for a new video card. I jumped on the local shop websites to see what was in stock. What do you know… nothing! Suddenly my plans to do absolutely nothing turned into a road trip to pick up a new video card. Luckily, I was able to score the new AGP version of the Nvidia 7800 for a reasonable price and only half an hour out of the way. I know it’s time to make the jump to a PCI-Express enabled mother board, but that means a new processor and reformatting so I’m holding out and will just get a whole new machine. I was going to upgrade any more on my current rig, but this was kind of unavoidable. And I’m not going to complain about having a 7800 in my box. 😉
This afternoon at 3:15pm I leave the apartment to go and pick up Hannah from school. 3:18pm I turn the key to the sound of a lonely click. Are you kidding me? Apparently not – the battery’s toast and I have 7 minutes to get to Hannah’s school. I actually made it there only 3 minutes late, which isn’t bad for a guy who hasn’t walked anywhere in months. Needless to say, the walk home was a little slower. Luckily, my Dad’s awesome and totally came to the rescue (one again), and within an hour and a half I had a new battery installed (is that a ‘real world’ word? I’m such a geek…) and am now back in business.
On a completely unrelated note – I was listening to the new Fat Wreck Chords podcast on Friday and heard a song by their newest band, The Loved Ones. Never has a band name been so appropriate as I’m completely infatuated with them. Fuck me, these guys are great! It’s been a while since I’ve heard something new that really grabbed me by the balls and I’m stoked to have something new to rock out to while I’m working.