My vacation has been anything but. But I'm not complaining.
I started off Saturday night by going and playing Warhawk
and then chatting about the history of computers until 0500 Sunday. I don't really recall what I did Sunday. Maybe that was when I watched all those random House episodes. I really need to purchase Season 4
Monday I went to the 'rents and helped them move furniture until 0030 Tuesday. Tuesday, I wrote the Christie Carden interview
and was interviewed by ehowton
. I got a call at 1730 from a previous client asking me to come enjoy dinner at Chilli's in exchange for helping him and his daughter pick out a laptop for her collegiate career. I scheduled it for 1700 Wednesday. I finished Tuesday by going to see Public Enemies
Wednesday I got a call from Beth at 1030 asking to do lunch at 1130. It sure was good to catch up with old friends. When I got back at 1300, I published the Carden Interview
, concluded the Howton interview and then had to leave to make my evening's appointment.
Dinner was great. We looked at Sam's, hh gregg and Best Buy at Wintel laptops, but of course, I already knew what she would be happy with, both from previous conversation with my client and from talking to her over dinner. So we ended at the Apple store where she got a 13" MacBookPro. Her sister met up with us for a bit and then parted ways with us. I must say that both young ladies are rather attractive.
While at the Apple store, my client ran into a "friend of the family" who was also buying a notebook for their new collegiate and also
an iMac for the family. However, she was under pressure to make dinner reservations, so she got my name and number and offered to reimburse me for my services of helping them find the right machine for both needs as well as setting up the machine(s) upon getting them home. I could really get used to this.
We went to my client's place where, after a lengthy demonstration there in the Apple store by me, I walked her through applying all her updates and then downloading and installing Open Office. Of note, her high school had previously switched all of their computers to Open Office to avoid paying the Microsoft tax, so she was already comfortable with Open Office. I also hooked up a printer for her dad which required a trip to Walmart to purchase a USB cable, ran his rebates and did more hands on demonstrating of iPhoto and Leopard.
I was treated to a few bottles of a three-syllable Belgium beer that begins with "B". I also was given another vacuum pack of the most awesome spaghetti I've ever had. It has pepperonis and turkey and beef and a very thickly cut stake.
I left at 0200.
I didn't have time to review Public Enemies
today for obvious reasons. It's on the agenda for tomorrow as well as Paul_Partisan
's interview. Still to do this week is get my driver's license renewed and make business cards. I've haven't had time to do all the writing I thought I was going to do this week nor have I been able to just sit on my ass and get caught up on movies. C'est la vie!