Thursday, June 26, 2008

Warring Ghosts, Flying Macs, $10,000 and a Guy Named Voltaire

Ok... some things that have happened. Last Thursday (or was it Wednesday?) I tested my computer as a crash dummy at 50 mph. I had just bought cold plays new album Viva la Vida or Death and All of His Friends and I was putting it in the CD player in the back of my car and in doing so I set my laptop and accessories on the roof and left them there. So I went on my way happily listening to Viva la Vida all the way into Mansfield (about 18 miles) to work. I didn't even realize anything was wrong until I got to the office, at which point I realized that I did not have my computer and immediately cognized what had happened. Staving off a nervous break down and praying really hard, I turned around and drove back without ever even getting into the office. I drove all the way back to Hickory Road (almost back at our house) and there lying perfectly in the middle of the right lane (not that Hickory road really has defined lanes per se). I stopped the car (actually I distinctly remember putting the car into park about ten seconds before I was actually stopped, leading to a grinding noise that now makes me cringe to recall but that didn't bother me at all at the time) and ran out and got my computer. The neoprene case was slightly shredded and from how fast I must have been going and I figured that it must be a mess inside, but I opened it and aside from being a little wet (did I mention that it was pouring rain during this entire misadventurous tale) there wasn't a scratch visible on it. I opened it up and the screen came on fine. That was good, but the hard drive must be soup I thought (hard drives have been known to go because somebody jiggled them too hard let alone being flung against pavement at speeds approaching the state speed limit) but I the hard drive was fine too. I this point I decided that angels must have been involved and took it home and test the the optical drive, the usb drives and all the other drives I could think of, and everything was in perfect working order. And has been for the last week. A couple days later I did find a small chip on the case on one edge, but its tiny and I think it may have actually been there before from when the HD actually did go bad (and for no apparent reason ironically). So as it stands, nothing was lost. I found my power cable back the road a ways further, and my mouse which had also been on the roof, I found on the way back (it didn't fare as well as the Macbook; it was in several pieces spread out along a 70 ft. stretch of road and was. I put it back together and it works fine though, just with a few scuffs here and there). So that was last week.

This week I've been working like a dog. Our main sales man is gone on vacation and every Tom Dick and Harry somehow decided to descend upon our store to buy a stove. I just barely learned how to put estimates together last week, so I've been doing that almost everyday. I made my first official sale yesterday. It was funny how it happened... I spend the last two... no... it's been more like five years... trying to convince people to buy stoves, and yesterday afternoon this lady just calls up and says "I would like to order a Greenwood Furnace Model 100." As if it were a hamburger or something, so I was stunned and put her on hold for a minute so that I could go run around that office screaming (well, not quite); then got back on with her and found out all the stuff she needed, put an estimate together in Quickbooks, had Marty look it over once, had David look it over three times, faxed it to her, called her back, had her look it over (it came out to over $10,000 and she gave me her credit card info and we ran it and it went through, and I made a sale... and what's particularly cool about it is we just started a commission  program, so I'll get $100 dollars which is nice because I was starting to worry that with how much I was spending on gas and music and things I might not make much to save this summer, but after this week with all the hours I've worked and maybe a little over time things should be looking better.

I've made a few tutorials on the 3D program that I like, Blender, and posted them on YouTube. It's cool because I've gotten a good bit of positive feed back on them from people, some pretty good ratings. I basically took some concepts that I struggled with when I first learned and made some videos explaining it in a way that I thought would have helped me if I had had them at the time. If you would like to watch them they are on my channel: here

I finally bought a new Bible, all I've had until now was a great big study Bible that wasn't very convenient for much but study. The new one I got at Barnes & Noble is much smaller and cool looking. I also bought a book: Ghost Wars about the thirty years of CIA activity in the Middle East leading up to 911. So far it has been excellent. It contained lots of things I had always wondered. When I bought it I was thinking more 'history textbook' but it's been more like I Tom Clancy Novel so far. I also bought Arabic for dummies in case I get around to trying to learn that again, and a really old book by Voltaire called Candide, which I will probably read next time I'm depressed... and not because it will make me feel better, but rather make me feel justified in my gloominess.... 
So that's all for now....

God bless,



Anonymous said...

I can't believe that your Mac was ok after flying off the car roof!!! That is INCREDIBLE!! Sooooooooo...after the unexplained death of the hard drive, but now with miracle mishap...would you recommend a mac or not? I am still trying to decide... PC or mac? sigh.


Andrew said...

haha, the burning question. Well... I love mac, but I try not to be dogmatic and biased about it. If you are interested in having a fun, less stressful computer experience then I would recommend a Mac for sure. Particularly if you like music and pictures and other kinds of digital media, Mac definitely owns when it comes to that (after all, they invented the iPod). Also, if you are into doing any kind of art or recording, or movie making or anything like that, Macs have traditionally been used for that.

If on the other hand, you plan on using it mainly for work, you might want to choose a PC, as Microsoft is still much the industry standard for most accounting and database programs and things like that. Also, if you happen to be a really hard core gamer, you definitely should stick with PC, as there are only like three or four really killer games that run on Mac (so far at least) and they are bound to all cost a good ten or fifteen dollars more a pop than the PC versions.

Anonymous said...

ANDREW! The way you wrote this post made it just hilarious. Did you realize you built suspense into the beginning?

I still miss Much More Better, though.

This Mac owner highly recommends said computers. I've had mine for eight months and it hasn't locked up yet. Compared to a decade of using PCs, it's just SO EASY TO USE.