October 5th, 2002

bundled up, walkabout, snow

Little jolt there

Now there's a wake-up jolt. Just as I was re-thinking the whole idea of doing offline stuff, too...

So it started when I woke up my laptop after getting home from a long day. Finished reading the email I'd downloaded before leaving the house, composed a reply, then went over to the browser to look up something online before finishing.

Site not found. Hmm, oh, I'd misread the URL. Try again. Still not found. Strange. Take a look at google instead. Not Found. Okay, something wrong with the DNS. It's late. I'll just do some offline stuff and go on to bed.

Installed Codewarrior. Gonna see about dabbing around with making some screens for an application I'd like...

Then remembered that Norton had complained about some kind of directory error on the latest scan, and heck, why not fix the harddrive while I'm sitting around net-blind?

Took forever. But it appeared happy about the work it'd done, except, hmm. It didn't write a report? Weird. Ah well, back to Code Warrior.

Um, where are the files on the desktop?

Um, why is the harddrive icon blinking?

Er.... Dire warnings from Finder about shutting down, when there doesn't appear to be any system file on the startup drive.

.... getting a bit nervous now.

Norton's 3.5 disk didn't like the idea of playing with the harddrive. Claimed it's not an HFS drive. 4.0 is installed on the drive that may have just gotten wiped somehow. I think 6.0 is lying around somewhere...

But it all boils down to, I'm either fried and need a pro, or not.

So I used the hardware power-off sequence, waited a bit, then started it.

Norton's 3.5 is also inappropriate for booting this particular laptop. Ejected the disk, tried again.

Happy Mac.

That little icon has been around since the first little beige number with the integrated monitor, floppy drive and system in that snazzy box with the RJ-11 jacked mouse and keyboard. But occasionally, one re-learns to appreciate the everyday.

And lo and behold, my laptop is free of harm.

Not sure exactly what magic Norton's did, in order to do repairs on a startup disk. But I'll have to remember that the aftermath does a great imitation of scary.

Oh, that DNS problem? Turned out the router got confused during the dregs of Lili passing through, and needed rebooting. Systems programmer approach to hardware: turn it off, wait a bit, turn it on. Works a charm.

At least I fixed the net connection for Kittybane and Critter and Tigger to use tomorrow. Not like I have a bunch of spare time for reading live journal after all of that.

Ah well.
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bundled up, walkabout, snow

Oh yeah, my day.

So, you know that thing that happens when you make a doctor's appointment, and then your body immmediately starts acting better, in hopes of avoiding the appointment?

Well, woo hoo, this time I won. Well, yeah yesterday I was beginning to consider cancelling the appointment. But this morning, it was back to almost constant unbearable itching, punctuated by very infrequent, stabbing pains. So I was looking forward to getting it looked at and fixed.

Banana pancakes for breakfast for the boys; school drop-off early; back home for Lucky Charms followed by email. Got a note from Dreamer; we don't exchange email regularly, but I'd just been thinking about him the other day. Seems he's getting married in April, and wanted to give us long enough notice to be able to make travel plans. The date coincides with one end of Spring Break, so we might get to go. I wrote him a letter bringing him up-to-date on us, that sort of Christmas annual style thing.

Then it was time to go the doctor. I've no idea where my checkbook is. Probably in that mass of mail that I still haven't finished filing. Sigh.

Yep. Yet Another Outer Ear Infection. Oral Cipro, Cipro drops, and a promise of fitting for a custom earplug when I'm well. My ear really doesn't like to get wet. The vaccuuming really left me dizzy this time. Walked very carefully out to the car.

At CVS, I also picked up some vitamins, and had fun browsing the card section.

At home I had time for lunch and a phone call with Turnip. It turns out that I didn't leave my jacket in his apartment after all. I hung it in my closet before I checked my suitcase for it. Brain like a steel sieve.

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Got to school barely in time for chess club, and then tonight was Fall Festival at the school, so we were there until 7pm, when my gig working the big blow-up slide was over.

We went from the school to the movie theatre, to watch opening night of Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie. Okay laugh, but it was fun. And I want the soundtrack CD. For one song.

And I still want all the Goldfish commercials, but I've only been able to find the lyrics online. Sigh.

Home again, to give the dogs some outside time and couch time before bed. Computer weirdness slowed me down a bit, so now I'm off to bed.

  • Bowling in the morning, with a car care clinic on-site for a free car checkup
  • Gotta remember to get cash -- I borrowed from Critter for movie money
  • Make Brownies for the picnic
  • pack
  • Drive to Louisville
  • Poly Picnic, avoiding the sun as much as possible
  • BDSM munch, the LousivilleMunchBunch version that I rarely attend, but it's the five year anniversary, and this'll be the first munch I get to attend with Wolf; it'll be cool to go with Master. :)
  • Spend the night with Wolf and Sydb