I didn't get the relaxing weekend that I had envisioned. Perhaps I'll give up on that plan.
At noon on Saturday I received a call (at home) from a Custom Box Service distributor. One of his clients was in dire need for 3500 boxes by noon on Sunday. We specialize in small quanitity orders, and 3500 boxes is not a small quantity. It's a large quantity. And to do them all in twenty-four hours is a tall order, in this case made more difficult be the fact that I was unable to get many people to help. In fact, I had to recruit Kris to help make boxes! It took us twelve hours to produce the order, and then I spent another couple of hours making the delivery on Sunday morning. (It was the first chance for me to drive the new truck; I don't like it as much as Jeff does, but it is nice.) This was a good order for Custom Box Service, despite the fact that it disrupted my weekend. The business has been slow lately, and this large order certainly helped.
Kris and I spent Sunday together. We saw the movie Bandits because a) several friends had recommended it and b) parts of it were filmed nearby. In fact, several chunks were filmed within a twenty mile radius of home (as close as four miles from here). We didn't think it was as good as everyone else seems to think it is. In fact, Kris actively disliked it (while I thought it was merely mediocre). We were both annoyed that we were supposed to consider the criminals heroes. Ah well.
I had a lousy day today, but have tried not to let it bother me too much. The misery culminated as I was attempting to create a new mix CD as some sort of therapy. I was adding the final song to the mix in Easy CD Creator and the damned computer crashed. Of course I had not saved the project, so I lost half an hour of work. With several thousand songs on the hard drive, it's not an easy task to sort through them all to find the ideal songs for a mix.
Actually, I've been rather out of sorts for the last several days. Since Friday, basically. I'm not sure exactly what's wrong, or I'd fix it.
I'm spending some time throwing together a "Frankenstein" computer from old parts. I'm attempting to install Progeny Debian Linux (no longer an active distribution!) on it, but for some reason the bootloader won't "take". I suspect that I need to format or fdisk (I can never remember which) the master boot record and then attempt the install again. I'll take my Redhat CDs with me to work tomorrow in case I can't get Progeny to work.
I've begun to covet lightweight laptops lately. My laptop is great. It's beefy, and is meant as a desktop replacement. A natural consequence of this, however, is that it is one gigantic brick. Ugh. At Monday Night Football, Jenn had her iBook with her. It's sleek, it's functional, and it's light as a feather. I can't justify a new laptop, though. There's just no need. Of course, I don't have an operational Macintosh in the house (emulators don't count), so I guess I could rationalize the purchase of a Macintosh laptop.
Oh wait. I'm broke.
Actually, I'm saving money for home repairs. I suspect that Kris and I will end up laying at about $7500 to completely remodel the bathroom, fix our heating system, and eradicate our ant problem. That'll take a hugh bite out of my working capital for some time.
As an aside: this is being posted from within Opera, running under Redhat Linux 6.2, on my laptop. With Satchel walking through the room, trilling like crazy. ("Let me outside! Let me outside!") It's not a combination of events that happens often, so I thought I'd note it. :)
On this day at foldedspace.org
2003 — Patrick O'Brian In which I rave about Patrick O'Brian, his novels, and the film Master and Commander with Russell Crowe, which opens today.
2002 — Meme Man Here's a collection of links for your enjoyment (this time with sources for those of you who always ask where do you find this stuff?)