Monday, May 3, 2021

Post 3998 - What A Day!

My goodness, today was busy.

We got up early, just after 7. We hit the road around 7:45, arriving at the McDonald's on Quinpool Road around 8. Rush hour traffic during a pandemic shutdown is very light. We drove to the parking lot of Century Computer on Spring Garden Road and ate our breakfast there.

Around 8:45, I went into the building and discovered that the store was already open. My new friend Aaron was there and doesn't turn customers away, so I went through with the laptop upgrade I was there for. I bought a laptop there a few weeks ago and learned Friday afternoon that they could sell me a 1TB SSD for $169, which is a really good price given the brand name, a WD Blue. 

I was offered a $30 rebate if they kept the already-installed 256GB SSD, but since it essentially meant that the drive was worth that amount of money, and it would cost more than that to purchase such a drive new, I decided to keep the old drive. So, I now have that old drive, the 475GB SSD when I retired which I retrieved from the previous laptop, and that machine's original standard drive, along with the new purchase today. I am not sure what I will do with the other solid state drives yet. I have to give it some thought.

Anyway, I got out of Century Computers around 9:05. We drove home. Since the new drive was empty, not even partitioned, I had to install an OS on it, and chose the newest version of Linux Mint, which I have on a usb drive. I got that installed, along with the latest updates, and some of the extra apps I want, when the phone rang.

My new friend and I talked for about an hour. The conversation went well. I will share the content of the call as things develop in the coming weeks. If they don't develop, then I'll tell you about that, too. Just not quite yet.

After lunch, we got our first AstraZeneca shot at a local pharmacy. We were told of potential side effects. Other than being maybe a little extra tired tonight, I feel fine. We have nothing booked or arranged on Tuesday. Newbie has a vet appointment Wednesday morning. He may read this post, so perhaps I should not be telling you this. 

When we got home, we broke out the pizza stone and stuck a pizza on it and put it in the barbecue. The crust cooked fine but we had too many toppings on it, so it didn't cook all the way through. And now we have a schmutzy pizza stone that may or may not be easy to clean.  

Ouchy. The next shot is on Aug 16th

So, it has been a busy day. We have earned our rest, and I think I will cash in those chips.

You all have a good day.

Talk at  you tomorrow.


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