LIVINGSTON, June 15, 2015 - Well, Sunday morning a transformer blew out that was close to our house. Suddenly we (and other folks in the vicinity) found ourselves without power. After about 20 minutes I called the City of Livingston and they informed me that a transformer had blown out off Pan American Drive. No big deal. It wasn't hot yet so we, in all our luxuries of living in the USA, might survive the morning. In less than an hour the power was back on and our lives could resume their usual spoiled, taken for granted ways (or so I thought). I needed to do a website update (daily arrest report, etc.), and pressed my space bar and the computer just sat there. Then I remembered, we had lost power and I had to press the power button. To no avail, the computer just sat there. Lifeless and seemingly dead. My computer was approaching five years of age, and being a tech. guy in my previous life, I knew in the back of my mind for sometime that it was getting to be that time to get a new computer. But I wasn't going to cave in that easy. I troubleshooted the computer and determined that it's power supply had gone out. I could easily replace the power supply for probably less than a hundred bucks. I was certain that my hard drive (with all my pictures and data) was just fine. But then I got to thinking; Why prolong the misery? My old computer was barely cutting it, and it was time. My wife and I drove to Best Buy in Lufkin. I was fully expecting to not leave the place before dropping nothing less than $800. At any rate, I found a great deal on a Dell. I've never been a big Dell fan, but this was a good deal. A terabyte hard drive, 32 gig of memory, and 3.6 Ghz speed quad processor for $479. Further, they had a great deal on a case that I slide my old hard drive into and plug it into a USB port on the new computer giving me easy access to all my old files. I left the place just spending barely over $600. My mood was good. As soon as I got home and unloaded the car, a wreck happened and I didn't have time to even set up the computer. I showed up at the wreck, got good pictures and the story and went home. Considering I still had a computer to set up, software to install and various other things that are involved in transitioning to a new computer, my story was still up in just a few hours. Happy Monday everyone! It's not so bad and 5 o'clock is almost here.
The new kittens (Nosy and Rosie) were thrilled about the computer box. Heidi wasn't too happy about it.
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