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Happy New Year

Posted by Mike on January 4, 2010

Vacation, for the most part, was relaxing and fun, I got to spent a lot of time with family, including my video game-playin’ nephews who I really have a lot of fun with, a family friend was in town and my dad’s birthday is the same week as Christmas so it was busier than I expected it to be. In fact I was sad I didn’t get a last session with the newphews over the weekend, but I had originally planned on getting some projects (home work-like stuff) done only to be zapped by a horrendous computer virus on New Year’s Day which managed to take out my home machine, or at least bad was made worse by the McAfee technicians (my only excuse here is that McAfee is free via Comcast, however I learned my lesson, free is just not good enough in this case). I spend probably a good 5 or 6 hours just on hold over the weekend. During one chat session a technician managed to force start my machine leaving it permanently in blue screen status. I’m supposed to have a meeting with the higher level techs later today but I don’t expect much. Likely I’ll have to take my computer over to the Geek Squad for a week and hope they can save my hard drive.

So really a good week and a half were great and then Murphy’s law stepped in and took a baseball bat to my final weekend. God it was bad, what with Kobe Bryant’s most obvious and awful 3 pointer putting away my Kings on the first. Then a horrible experience with a video game, the first I’ve ever just quit on, which I’ll get to in a later post. The usual synchronicities of dropping and breaking everything I carried, minor accidents spreading with glee (or as an old friend and I used to put it “vicarious aplomb”). The brilliant and excruciatingly devastating regeneration of David Tennant Doctor 10 to Matt Smith Doctor 11 (the most perfect last words ever), which haunted me all weekend, being the end of the best period of the show ever and perhaps the beginning of an even better one (I thought Matt was the Doctor from the word “legs”). And over the two week vacation I come back to work and find out my boss got a new job and is already gone and ditto with another coworker. So when I wasn’t trying to salvage my computer I was largely just staring at the TV rather than attending to projects. So I have a book I need to rush this week. I still think the worst thing about being deprived of the computer is simply the ability to be able to research even the most dumb thing that comes to mind on the spur of the moment.

But remarkably I feel OK at work, probably because I spent a lot of this weekend time sleeping off the stress, which did me a lot of good. It’s damn quiet here though, which is good writing energy. But I don’t relish an evening thinking about viruses though…

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