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Requiem for a friend
April 29, 2005

My PC threw up its arms last night and called “uncle” just before it blew out its own power supply. This, of course, was a complete surprise to me, as I was sitting in front of it, minding my own business, reading incredibly important things on howstuffworks, when suddenly it decided it would restart. “Fine,” thought I, “but if you’re going to restart, I want to know why. This just isn’t like you.” At this point, some loud fire-cracker-type noises were heard from under the desk, and the smell of burning electronics was whiffed. The monitor went dark, and the cat flew from my lap, contemplating a possible fire.

I commenced with turning off the power strip and unplugging everything from the back, and took my baby from its little cubby-hole in the desk, cradling its hot smelly dead boxiness. I refrained from crying, at least at that point, as the heat from the power supply was quite hot indeed, and its heaviness was causing my arms to feel pain. I set it on the floor next to its home and waited for it to cool down a bit. It is heading to the doctor’s tonight after work to get all better; hopefully to be done by Monday, as I have plenty of work that needs to be done that can only be performed by it. Thank goodness we have 3 other computers in the house – I don’t know what people do when they only have 1 and it breaks. Until then, I have the trusty server to use, which also needs a new power supply. Snap!

Before the tragedy struck, I was enjoying a little journey I like to call “surfing.” The internets were providing some good entertainment, such as:
Spamusement – if you like explodingdog, you’ll love this.

I also spent some time figuring out that I, contrary to popular belief, do indeed act my age:

You Are 25 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

That is all for now. Ben and I are off to Sun Valley for the weekend, where I will search for a florist that will cater to my every whim for less than $200. Pictures from the seder? They'll get here soon enough.


wow so many funnys! I am sorry your computer capitulated, i think mine is about to do the same thing. I'll get some movies out for you before it does that k?

Have fun in SunValley. MUUUUAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!

Posted by: lolers at May 2, 2005 2:17 PM

Sorry about the computer woes. I had the same kind of angst when my motherboard fried last month.

Have fun in Sun Valley!

Posted by: teahouseblossom at May 2, 2005 10:15 PM

i had no idea computers could do that. am very very scared now.

Posted by: j-a at May 4, 2005 9:38 AM

Ugh, any luck on the peecee?

When the little power supply on the case I bought from SR Systems went *WHIZ-PoP-Sizzzzzle* I'm pretty sure it toasted the hard drive. I haven't been able to get the thing to boot since in other machines, but I haven't made a colossal effort to recover it.

If I got it working someday it might be like one of those time capsules that you open ten years later and you see that all the crap you hoarded and treasured ten years ago really was just crap. :)

PS - My current addiction, Guild Wars. Four words for you: Gorgeous, and No Monthly Fee. Awww yeah!

Posted by: LeeAnn at May 4, 2005 2:11 PM