Yesterday was not a good day.

So I’ve mentioned how I’ve been working on my old Dell Latitude L400 trying to get it back to running Windows 98 so I could use it during downtime at work and not have it run as slow as molasses in January only I can’t find where I packed away the CD-ROM drive which makes getting the OS onto it difficult. I ended up yanking the hard drive out, hooking it up to an adapter, and plugging it into my desktop machine so I could format the hard drive and copy the Windows 98 files over. What I didn’t think to do while I had it hooked up was copy over the network drivers for either the built-in NIC or the D-Link wireless PCMCIA card I had in it.

So I run the installation and it installs just fine, but of course it doesn’t have the needed network drivers. So I think, no big deal, I’ll just use my Sandisk USB flash drive to copy the files over except that Windows 98SE doesn’t have the drivers for that either. OK, not a problem. I have a working floppy I’ll just put the drivers for the USB flash drive on a floppy, except my desktop no longer has a floppy. So I have to go upstairs and use Anne’s. Annoying, but not a big deal. I do that and I come back downstairs and hook up the floppy drive and put in the disk and the system refuses to read it. Pop the disk out and back in a couple of times until the floppy drive decides it doesn’t want to take the floppy anymore. What the hell? So I set the laptop down on the edge of my desk so I can dig around in my boxes for another floppy drive, these things are pretty old so perhaps this one just picked that particular moment to die.

You already know what happened next, don’t you.

Yes, I somehow managed to knock the laptop off of my desk whereupon in landed in just the right way to not only break the D-Link wireless card I had in it, but also smashed the display rendering the entire laptop into a very attractive, but otherwise useless, paperweight. It was like the perfect storm of bad things happening all at once. Needless to say I was quite upset as I don’t have the funds to replace it anytime soon. The sting is lessened somewhat by the fact that I got this one for nothing as it was being tossed out by one of the companies I used to work for and they were kind enough to let me take it home after removing the HD so it could be destroyed. In fact all of the laptops I’ve owned were castaways from someone else and this was probably the newest one of the lot. All the others having long since died or been given to friends and family who needed one, this means I’m now without a laptop.

There’s nothing quite like an event like this to make you feel like a total idiot. I’m a Tech Support Professional, this sort of thing isn’t supposed to happen to me. I’m supposed to be better than that. On the plus side at least it happened to me at home and not while at work with someone else’s laptop. It’s probably going to be awhile before I can replace it unless I break down and finally take a chance on eBay or something and even then it’s going to be awhile before I can afford to do that. Grrrr. Damned annoying.

Oh, and to top it off, I heard back about the possible job back at Ford Motor Company. They decided to promote one of the first levels to the open second level position so it looks like I won’t be going back to work at Ford after all.

My poor PS2 is at death’s door.

There are few things more irritating than having the excitement of getting a new PS2 game for your birthday quashed by your PS2 refusing to run it. I’ve been getting the occasional “Unable To Read Disk” error for awhile now, but usually once it does manage to read the disk it’ll run the game just fine, but not tonight. Not only did it take a good 12 or 15 attempts to get the game to boot, but after creating a profile and going to the game launch menu it froze up on me every time.

Not that I can complain much. I’ve had this PS2 for a long time, it’s one of the original models complete with a big honking network adapter hanging off the back, but it’s still annoying. I was hoping to be able to enjoy it at least until I could afford to pick up a PS3 as I really don’t want to shell out for a new PS2 when there’s that PS3 goodness sitting on the store shelves. Oh well, looks like it may be a bit before I can play this game.

After a lot of hacking, sawing, and tugging…

… I am now minus two of the more troublesome teeth in my mouth. It went pretty well overall, but now the Lidocane is wearing off and my mouth is starting to protest all the abuse it went through today. The folks at the University of Michigan Dental School did a good job as near as I can tell. It was definitely a lengthy experience, though. We arrived at 7:30AM and didn’t get out until 2:34PM. Anne was gracious enough to get up and go with me as I wasn’t sure what condition I’d be in by the end. Ironically I was in a better mood coming than when I arrived and I’m assuming it’s entirely due to the Lidocane.

I’ve got me a handful of Vicodin and have popped the first two pills yet it’s still not quite enough to stop the throbbing in my jaw and there’s still a little residual bleeding happening so I’ve still got gauze in my mouth. I’ll probably be OK to go to work tomorrow, but I’m not completely ruling out staying home if the pain keeps me from sleeping well. For the moment I’m sitting around and saying “ow” a lot.

Going to see Dr. Toothys in training tomorrow.

Taking QM’s advice I’ve contacted the University of Michigan’s dentist’s school and will be paying them a visit tomorrow to have these two teeth dealt with. Oddly enough I don’t have an appointment because they’re booked through October, but the oral surgeons apparently do walk-ins and the appointment lady suggested I show up around 8:15AM on Wednesday to line up so I’m taking the day off tomorrow.

Life, being life, has conspired to ensure that this will not be the end of my tooth troubles. Now I seem to have lost a filling on the lower left hand side of my mouth that was on the top of the tooth so now anytime I eat on that side of my mouth the hole gets impacted and the tooth hurts. Chewing anything at this point is an experiment in the improper use of my incisors. I’ll ask them to take a look at it tomorrow, but as I’m a walk-in and I haven’t had a proper dental review of that tooth yet I don’t expect they’ll do anything about it at the time.

*Sigh*

Ugh… too hot… couldn’t sleep… feel like crap.

Don’t wanna go to work today, but I gotta. Don’t wanna go to work today, but I gotta. Don’t wanna go to work today, but I gotta.

Dammit.