I’m not sure anymore if Laurenburg means Lauren city or Lauren mountain, but I’m pretty sure it’s one of those two. Unfortunately, Laurenburg needs more visitors if it’s going to thrive and prosper in 2008. I don’t know what the future has in store for Laurenburg, but I’m assured that the more people who visit the city the faster it will grow. So lets get those extra credit points rolling and send annoying email to all your friends and add a link at the bottom of all your emails and put a link on your websites and tell your coworkers at the water cooler (assuming your water cooler is connected to the interweb). You can make your own city here.
So, we went into Lincoln the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I don’t remember what we went in for, But I wanted to stop by Best Buy to get the latest version of iLife for Lauren’s iMac. I was surprised to see that some of the door buster deals from Black Friday were still there. They had a computer game that I was going to eventually get around to buying called Bioshock, and it was half price. I had to have it. And they also had extra memory for the computer, and that’s always good to have.
I got home and installed the memory in the computer (3 Gig, can you believe it?) and tried to install the game. Not only did it not work, it completely shut down the computer. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m not like normal men. Computers bow to my every whim. But my computer was having no part of it. Nothing I did made the slightest difference. Here are the steps if you want to try trouble shooting: (1) put the Bioshock disc in the computer (2) the computer shuts down.
Well, I was having trouble with my video card anyway, and I thought that it just wasn’t cutting it even for the autorun program for the game. For the last two weeks I’ve been trying to decide what kind of video card to get. I’ve even called cousin Sam twice, but I couldn’t catch him at home, and it seems like he’s too good to return my calls now.
Eventually I decided to buy a really shiny video card. It’s one that would normally be out of my price range, but it was an open box special. It’s at least 4 times as shiny as my last video card, and it came in the mail today. I got home at 5:10 and was disappointed that it wasn’t here, but it pulled in about 5:30. Thanks UPS.
I put in the new video card and everything seemed good. I (1) put the Bioshock disc in the computer (2) the computer shut down. Once again, let me state for the record that this sort of thing isn’t supposed to happen to me. So… hmmm… what happens if I put another game in the computer? Nope, everything is fine. So… hmmm… what happens if I (1) put another DVD in the computer (2) the computer shuts down. Okay, that seems like the problem. It doesn’t seem to matter what the DVD is. Bioshock or Searching for Bobby Fischer – either way.
Well, now I need a new DVD player and I’ve wasted (game cost x 5) on the new video card. But I’m not really sad about that, because I’ve got a shiny new video card. I think I’ve got a DVD drive sitting around at school that I can use until I get around to buying a new one. So I’m looking up what a new drive will cost when blammo, the shiny new video card wigs out. Fluke? Restart and 30 minutes later, blammo. So now I have to return the shiny new video card (15% restocking fee).
It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
It’s late, and we just got back from the Pesters after a rousing game of Settlers of Catan.Â (I watched t.v.)Â I have no picture, and I can’t figure out how to make Beth’s hilarious e-mail be a post.Â So instead, you have to write a limerick.Â Any topic, keep it clean.Â This is a family show.
I hate that dumb stupid game.
The people who play it aren’t lame,
Just foolish and silly,
and I ask them, “Really?
You’re going to play it agaim?”
Every year I teach our 7th graders how to play chess, then around Christmas I send home an order form so that they can buy some nice chess stuff (by that I mean so that they can convince their parents to buy them some for Christmas (by that I mean that maybe their parents will throw some money my way to buy some chess stuff for school)).
We order from www.wholesalechess.com, and this year our order was over $500.00. They have great prices. This stuff would have cost well over $1000.00 anywhere else that I’ve found. At the bottom of the order form is a blurb asking them to consider giving a little bit to help buy some chess equipment for the school, and every year our parents are more generous than I expect. Last year, in addition to listing the price of a set ($6.90), I also said that chess clocks cost about $20.00 each. A parent sent in enough to buy three. This year I mentioned that a giant chess set costs $110.00 and a parent sent in $110.00.
It takes up both of my tables, but they were mostly used for playing smaller games of chess anyway. Interestingly enough, about the same number of people participate. Instead of having 8 people playing 4 games of chess, there are 2 people and a host of spectators. I’m training up a bunch of geeks.
The king is a little over a foot tall. So, my question for you is: Where am I going to store these?