I have been using the same gaming computer since late 2011. I’ve upgraded a few things. I bought a newer video card a few years ago. I finally decided it was time for an upgrade. I got a new motherboard, processor, memory, and a super fast ssd.
I used my old case. It took me a while but I finally got everything attached and screwed in. The moment had arrived. I turned it on. Fans started and then “BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP.” I searched the internet trying to find out what 5 beeps meant. The answer was not encouraging, CPU error. I tried every fix I could think of or find. I unplugged everything and tried different combinations of plugging things back in. I took out the cpu a couple of times and reinstalled. I took it out of the case. Every time I hit the power button 5 beeps. I was not looking forward to sending stuff back. I took a break. About midnight on page 8 of the google results I found a page for my motherboard that said 5 beeps meant no gpu detected. I hadn’t hooked up my graphics card because the motherboard had built-in graphics and I thought I would add my card later. I plugged in my graphics card and started it up. It worked fine.
In late 2002 one of the greatest pieces of technology was released to the world. The Brother HL-1440 laser printer. The things were tanks. They almost never broke and lasted for 1000s and 1000s of prints. I got one about then and it worked up until this week. I only replaced the toner cartridge once during its almost 20 years of faithful service. That all changed Saturday. I needed to print a couple of pages. The printer made the normal groaning sounds it had been making for the last several years. Then it gave a paper error. I looked for a jam but couldn’t find one. I tried again and got the error. In a hurry, I tried a third time but this time I used the tried and true tech troubleshooting methog. I banged the side of it hard with my fist. It didn’t like that. The groaning sound was replace by screaching and grinding. I feel bad.
While cleaning I found something. It was stuck behind something half in a plastic bag. It looked fuzzy and kinda decayed. That’s when I realized it was a mouse. It was hard to recognize since it had been mauled. I assume back when we had the mouse problem this is another one Jobu took out. I bet he batted it under there. So Jobu’s lifelong death count stands at 3 mice and 3 Cicadas and 2 spiders.
With the weather finally feeling like spring I decided to pump up the tires on my bike and try and get some exercise. After years of mostly inactivity I am in horrible shape. I am quickly covered in sweat and gasping for air. Near the end of one of my rides two people in their 60s rode by me and cheerfully said Hello. My response.. WHEEeeezeee gaspe.. Helll haspe OOO wheeze. After I took a shower I needed a two hour nap to recover from the half hour ride.
Jobu sleeps a lot. I mean A LOT. As he’s gotten older his sleepy time has increased. He has a very consistent sleep patter. He picks a main spot for most sleep and then takes little naps in every spot. The funny thing is at seasonal changes he picks a new main sleepy spot. So every 3 months or so he spends a week searching for his new spot. I’ll try up in the catch perch.. no I’ll try my original bed.. I’ll try daddy’s bed. He seems to have decided on his old old cat bed. I bought it for him the day after I adopted him from the shelter. It’s well used.
I was walking near the retention pond and there were geese in it as usual. There were a pair of geese huddled together. They looked like a couple. Suddenly another geese hoists his wings out of the water and gets all angry. He charges at one of the geese in the couple and they start fighting. They fight for about a minute and the loser sulked away. The funniest part about it was the other geese in the pond all lined up to watch. HONK HONK HONK HONK … FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT. It was like high school
Two pigeons sat out on my balcony cooing. Jobu stared at them chittering. “Do you want to eat the pigeons? ” I asked him. He looked up at me with eager bloodlust in his eyes. I eased the screen door open, trying to make as little noise as possible. I expected the pigeons to fly away at any moment. They ignored me and seemed oblivious to horrible claw filled deaths they were seconds from experiencing.
With the screen door open enough for him to get through, Jobu entered full stealth mode. He got low to the ground and starting walking out onto the balcony placing each paw carefully so as to make no noise. Oddly he kept chittering the entire time. I am not sure how that fits into stealth mode. Jobu got two steps onto the porch and the pigeons flew off in a flash. Jobu looked up at me with sadness in his eyes.
It started Friday when I was at work. I kept sneezing and blowing my nose. I went through like half a box of kleenex. I felt fine so I assumed I had just gotten a little cold. About ten o’clock that night, I felt really tired so I went to bed really early for me. I knew I had a fever as soon as I woke up. I checked and it was 99.9F. Not terrible but enough to mean I was actually sick. I lay back down and slept to about eleven thirty. When I woke up I knew something was really wrong. I felt weak, and tired, and confused. I checked and my temp had gone up to 102.4.
I would be ok because the space clowns would come with the medicine :). About an hour later the fever broke and I bathed in my own sweat. I celebrated the fever being gone… only it wasn’t It came back, not as bad that night. My fever broke like four times over the weekend. I mean if you are going to have a fever either kill off the evil virus or stop with the fever. I slept about 14 hours on Saturday and almost that much on Sunday.
They started out saying we were getting 1-3 inches of snow on Sunday. Then it went up to 2-4. I woke up Friday morning with a prediction of 4-8. By that evening it was back down to 2-4. Saturday morning it was 1-3. By Saturday night they said a dusting of snow. We got about an inch.
The one thing they did get right was the temperature. They predicted single digits and we got single digits. I sure hope/believe this will be the last of the single digit temps this year.