I Swear, The time just goes by faster than I can keep up lately! Course, I have absolutely NO idea what the hell I’ve been doing between Nov 19th and now except for the important stuff.
Thanksgiving was going pretty good (SWMBO makes a great meal!) until the septic backed up and flooded out the front bathroom. So I got to spend half of Thursday mopping up and digging up pipes. Early Friday morning I went to United Rentals in Gig Harbor and rented a 100 ft. power snake. Ran that snake in the pipe about 80 feet three times! Water still wouldn’t drain. Damn! Called the Roto-Rooter guy out and he took a look at it. Said he could get his power snake out (which was just like the one I rented) and run it up the pipe for $300 ($300!) but he didn’t see any reason to. Said I would probably have to dig up the end of the septic tank and check some valve there. Yeah, right.
Landlord came over Saturday to look at it. He was busy installing a pump somewhere out Gig Harbor way and couldn’t stay to fix the drainage so he asked me if I would dig up the pipe at the back corner of the house. So I did. Phew! Had to go down a ways. He came back Sunday and cut into the pipe and ran the hose up it and everything seemed to work fine. So we went to Home Depot and bought all the supplies to completely replace the pipes up near the front door (where I first dug). Spent most of the day working on that. Seems to be fixed but What A Pain In The Ass! Spent part of today putting all the dirt back in the holes and getting my kitchen cleaned up and laundry done.
Did y’all see this:
Fri, 28 Nov 2008 09:54 pm PST
AP – A Wal-Mart worker was killed Friday when "out-of-control" shoppers desperate for bargains broke down the doors at a 5 a.m. sale. Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers shouted angrily and kept shopping when store officials said they were closing because of the death, police and witnesses said.
DAMN! I can’t think of anything I want bad enough to trample someone else over. The real kicker, for me, was that the people in the store got Mad when they tried to close the store because of the death. No one wanted to stop their shopping. Damn! Just another reason for me to stay the hell out of New York… What a bunch of Assholes!
My MediaServer went down yesterday also. I don’t know why. Kept rebooting. Tried to reinstall XP but it could not identify the partition and kept asking me if I wanted to format it. NO! All out music is on that drive! Wound up putting my games drive into it and rebuilding it for media. What a pain in the butt! I absolutely HATE that Radion 9000 video card. No, I like the card; it’s the damned driver I can’t stand. I have to choose either the monitor OR the tv; both crashes it. And it will appear to be working fine and suddenly go blank. Server is still serving; you just can’t see anything. So I ordered a cheapo video card with composite tv out from Tiger Direct today for $14. Damned shipping brought the total up to almost $22. And that’s not being in a hurry! I’m going to try this new video card in the MediaServer and I hope it does good. Really can’t do any worse than that Radion. I just gotta get a vcr with s-video in…
Had to run chkdsk on the old drive from the MediaServer and that took a couple of hours. Lots of lost cluster/files stuff. But when it was finished it appeared to copy everything fine to the new drive. Thinking about getting a couple of those NAS servers.
And that’s that. Sorry I haven’t been posting more often. I’ll add posting to my daily mile long list of things to do!
Oh yeah! SWMBO and I took Phil to the Madrigal Feast last Friday night. It was wonderful! Phil liked everything about it BUT having to eat with his fingers.