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If I were the type to do so, I could be really wound up about today.

First thing this morning, and my computer won't start. Reboots as soon as Windows hits guiboot. Live-CDs generally unhelpful. Abandoned my main box and do the morning reading on the Vista box next to it. No time to debug today. Found irony in pre-beta software being more reliable. Vista still slower than a dyslexic kid learning Chinese.

Our live server fell over on Saturday and everyone wanted to know why. It was pretty much my fault, poorly written script, disks filled, same old story. Buh. It came back, won't happen again, nothing crucial broke forever. Playing internet detective consumed all real work hours.

Came home to find the rest of my textbooks arrived, including the truly massive Advanced Programming in the UNIX(r) Environment, which it turned out I didn't need very badly. At least I'll have some documentation this quarter though, when doing networking I frequently felt the "manpage burn", that infuriating state of being unable to extract meaning from the system's 2 pages of poorly-written docs on some crucial bit of functionality. Google was strangely unhelpful. Unix's "manpages are good enough for everyone!" attitude is a lot of horseshit if you ask me. I may be spoiled on Javadoc but so be it. I hope this is money well spent.

Also recieved very nice popcorn popper for 24 viewings. Have yet to try it.

Feeling more poor than ever, I set to sending my grandfather a thank you card for his nice christmas check. Upon entering my car to head to the bank to cash said check, I discovered something amiss. My gloves were on the floor. They're never on the floor. I looked up and found I had left my passenger window rolled down. Not again... wait. It was raining last time I drove. It hasn't stopped raining for 10 days and won't stop for the next 30. Why would my window be down. Hmmm.

Yes, one of the Worst Fears actually happened. My passenger side c-pillar window was broken and my speakers were gone. My dash had been pried up and out but oddly, the stereo remained. Nothing else had been removed, little else had been disturbed. The worst loss was my dignity.

Feeling EXTREMELY grumpy, I marched back to the house to attempt a sort of patch job, made difficult by my lack of duct tape. I have no duct tape. Packing tape is worthless in the rain, but I managed.

Haggen does not carry duct tape. Fred Meyer has a nice selection though. Neither have covered parking of any kind.

The apartments next door, however, have some covered parking which is typically unused. I am more thankful for it today than ever before. I sealed the window as best I could, dried out the soaking-wet interior, and pushed the dash back together somewhat. I then removed the stereo, which is extremely easy and only requires pushing 2 clips, and my CDs, all while rolling my eyes so hard I couldn't see what I was doing. Why you would work so hard on the dash and totally ignore the deck itself is beyond me.

The speakers were about $200 new, but were often more trouble than they were worth and never sounded as good as I wanted them to. I hadn't been using them for several months anyway. The deck was the real treasure, and as much as I'd rather have lost it than have to replace the car parts, it is likely the parts will cost less. The amp, stowed safely in the trunk, also remains.

Now I have to get out of a 9am meeting to get my window replaced and my dash fixed, then do a bunch of lab homework for a 2pm chemistry lab tomorrow, and maybe do laundry somewhere in there, cause I'm out of socks.

"Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over the effects of our separation from God - that our lives had become unmanageable."

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