PEPCO, in their quest to make my life a hell on earth marked by lack of sleep, has decided to schedule three power outages that affect my building. All occur this week. All occur at precisely the stroke of midnight.
So now I have to just figure out how I’m going to kill the time before I have to take the servers down. That part isn’t bad. It’s taking them up again at around 7 in the morning that’s going to be a pain in the proverbial butt.
As I sit here, I also watch the slow death of a loved one–my 19 inch monitor. It’s not an easy thing. Everything is starting to get fuzzy. The brightness has increased to the point where it is set to zero, and everything still looks washed out. The image continues to skew slightly to the left and up. Two weeks ago, it made one singular sound, an electronic pop that I have to say, did not make me feel very good at all. I was not looking forward to purchasing a new monitor, especially not after growing accustomed to the bright, clear image of a 19 inch CRT with a high refresh rate. My machine is close to three years old. Desperate, I checked the warranty info, and was shocked. In a rare moment of weakness, I actually purchased the three year warranty. Of which, I still have 160 days remaining. So, in fact, I may end up with a new monitor, or at least a refurbished one.
On the other hand, someone has a nice new apartment. Almost makes me want to live on my own, except that I’d have to move again. And we all know what joy that particular life event brings us.
I had some carrot cake, but it’s no substitute for the yeasty goodness of a hot donut.