More small items I’d been meaning to mention, but haven’t gotten around to as of yet. Posts from me have been a little light this week because of various things that have kept me jumping:
- One of my sister-in-laws tried to take her own life the night before last by overdosing on prescription pain meds. We got a call about her being in the hospital yesterday morning, but it wasn’t clear at the time that it was an attempt at suicide until later in the day so I ended up taking a half-day from work to go with Anne out to Jackson, Michigan to see her for a bit. This comes less than two weeks after she got married and is more than a little unsettling for her new husband. I don’t want to go into too many details out of respect for their privacy, but suffice it to say that she recovered and is getting the help she needs to deal with her demons. This is one of those issues that I am naturally inclined to talk about more, but feel like I shouldn’t as it’s getting into personal details of relatives that I’m not sure would be happy about me commenting on them.
- A big thank you to Rob/Bob (his name changes depending on if we’re at work or not) for coming over and taking Courtney out to dinner last night while Anne and I were in Jackson. I’ve known Bob since he was 12 and I was 17, he’s always considered Courtney an unofficial niece so he was more than happy to drop in and spend some time with her. I probably don’t tell him this enough, but he’s a great friend that I’m glad to have known for so long. Which is saying quite a bit considering how much we didn’t really care for each other back in our youth.
- On the good news front I found myself well rewarded for my efforts at long-distance PC help recently. An old flame of mine got a hold of me last week when she was in Wisconsin for a convention because her boss/friend’s PC was really giving them fits. It was so badly infected we couldn’t get Remote Assistance to work or the virus scanner to function and all his user accounts had been reduced from their Admin permission levels. Even logged in as the administrator we weren’t able to change the user settings. Over the course of the next five days or so I worked with them in the evening hours on trying to clean the system of its multitude of viruses, spyware and trojans to no avail. Finally on Monday the PC owner agreed to let me talk him through the arduous process of disconnecting his hard drive and connecting it as a secondary drive to another PC he owned to transfer data off of it, reconnecting it in the PC, and then restaging his system by hand. Not a small task for the uninitiated and I felt like I was in one of those airline disaster films like Airport ‘77 where you have to talk a newbie pilot into landing the plane because the entire crew ate the chicken and died. It went very smoothly and once the restage was complete we were able to use Remote Assistance to have me help him patch the system, install current drivers, and update the virus scanner. As a generous thank you he bought me several items from my Wish List including several items that aren’t even released yet so I can look forward to occasionally getting new goodies over the next few months.
- I’m currently working on pricing up three new PCs for friends and family that want me to design them a new custom PC. One will be for my brother who’s thinking about upgrading his system and whom we’ll be seeing this weekend when we go out to his place on Sunday for my nephew’s birthday.
- Speaking of my brother, turns out he’s been reading SEB lately. He’s left a few comments here and there and I had a suspicion he might be lurking, but hadn’t put much thought into it until Momma mentioned it. My brother and I haven’t always had the best of relationships so I was surprised to hear he was reading the blog and even more surprised when I tracked down his comments and found them complimentary of this undertaking. It’s a long story, but I plan on writing a little more about my relationship with my brother in the not too distant future once I figure out what I want to say. Suffice for now to say that I’ve always felt my brother looked at most of the things I was interested in or talking about as being trivial and silly in his mind. I must confess that more than a bit of the attitude that makes SEB what it is comes in large part from the part of me that is most like my brother, which might explain why he likes it.
That’s all I can think of at the moment, but I’m sure I’m forgetting a couple of things. Alas, I haven’t won the lottery yet so I still need to head into work this morning so it’s probably for the best that I can’t recall what else I was going to mention at the moment.