March 18, 2013
The Death of a Saturday:
This weekend got off to a slow start productivity wise. My wife finally had me cornered long enough over Saturday morning coffee to remind me of an ongoing problem with her car, so that ate up the first bit of the morning on Saturday. Now, before you think that I am a handy guy, let me tell you that what was wrong with the car was simply a clip breaking on the under-carriage, which resulted in the occasional (okay, constant) dragging of plastic while driving. I fixed the problem, but the tools involved were wire cutters, two pocket knives, and a metal clothes hangar. Handy? Not really, but I fixed the problem. But as things seem to go, one problem was followed up with another problem.
After “fixing” my wife’s car, I was ready for a day of tax preparation and paper grading. But when I sat down at my desk to start the taxes (resume, actually, because they ate a good chunk of my last Saturday as well), my computer monitor wouldn’t display video. The monitor is an older CRT, so I figured I just needed a new one, which wouldn’t be a big deal. I found a replacement (also a CRT) for $10 on Craigslist, and picked it up within a couple hours. Only problem, when I tried hooking the monitor up, there was still no picture, which meant that the video card had given out and would need to be replaced. This was a bigger problem, mainly because it’s an older computer, and I didn’t want to spend much money to have the part replaced, so I couldn’t just run out to Best Buy and pick something up. I ordered a replacement on amazon for $30.00 (told you it was an old computer), and should get the card on the 22nd. But, all that running around and figuring-out killed my Saturday, and other than a cleaned off desk, I ended up with a fairly dead Saturday.
The Semi-Productive Sunday:
Sunday was a better day. I still lost some time Sunday because I volunteer with the toddlers at my church one Sunday a month, or, more accurately, my wife is in charge of arranging volunteers for childcare at our church, and she has enlisted me to serve alongside her once a month. Still, even with the morning filled, I managed a productive afternoon. I graded half a stack of papers, and finally started to go through more of the boxes from my Nerd Garage Sale find. I hit a few stacks of water damaged stuff, which made it in my boxes simply because of the speed at which I was filling them at the sale. I hate mold, though. It makes me physically sick ,and I ended up having to chuck a few dozen mold-damaged comics and magazines. I pulled a lot of cool stuff, though. There were instruction manuals for the Commodore 64, A Ghost in a Shell laser disc, stacks of RPG manuals and scenario books, lots of old video game magazines from the early 90s, a Japanese Jungle Pokemon booster, and even a cool M:TG promo pack from Portal. I’ve never seen it before, but it looks like it was a magazine insert that demonstrated the game for two players. From what I can tell, the sealed pack is worth only about $20, but it’s still a cool find, because I still play Magic occasionally, and like to be able to have the older stuff pass through my hands from time to time, that way I get the pleasure of owning it, but also get to let it go after that initial cool factor has worn off. Being a dealer sort of gives you the perks of being a collector without all the hits to your wallet. The hits to your garage are still sizable though. The six boxes I cleared barely made a dent.