Long Time

Long time, long weekend. 4 days is almost too much of a weekend. I’d almost rather have 3 day weekends, or more 3 day weeks. But that is probably whining.

For those of you paying attention, thanksgiving grub was vegetarian lasagne, with mushrooms, artichoke hearts, spinach and a tofu filling. With a 1997 Adelsheim Vineyards (Oregon) Pinot Noir. And truly excellent cookies. The lasagne was nearly perfect, the wine was good, but not really “wow”. It’s not a traditional thanksgiving feast, but my family is split between the coasts, and the two of us here didn’t really want much more.

I had the second Beaujolais Nouveau of the season, from Joseph Drouhin. The verdict? Not as yummy as the Georges Duboeuf. It’s a little more acidic and winey, and less fresh grape flavor.

Friday was spent realizing that I’m not as young as I used to be, and driving to work then sitting in front of a computer all day isn’t really helping the situation. So my response after the bike ride of pain was to curl up on the sofa and read. Gibson’s Idoru, Stephenson’s Diamond Age, and half of a Tom Robbins book. All stuff that I had on hand, most of it pretty good and comforting. Then again, saturday’s weather got into typical Seattle November: cold and wet.

And now the three month old linux box seems to have thrown a hard drive. It sounds like hardware. (loud thudding sounds, coupled with errors about not being able to find a sector) So I’m off of the mp3 collection for a while, until the 60 gigger arrives tomorrow and I can put the data onto a reliable drive. I’ve had this computer for 120 days, and until I shut it off today, it had a 115 day uptime. This is a machine that was running 2 webservers (apache and tomcat), postgres, php, perl cgis, and my music stuff, as well as being a semi general desktop machine for some of my daily use.

And when I called about getting the drive replaced under warranty, they asked me if I could boot to windows. Yeah. X comes up just fine, using the helix-gnome environment. Somehow I don’t think that’s what they were looking for…

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