I bought a 5 TB drive at COSTCO for $140 today. FIVE Terabytes! Let me explain why this is exciting. My first “hard drive” was actually a “Hard Card;” a hard drive mounted on an expansion card that fit into an 8-bit slot inside my XT computer. The drive was a whopping 40 MB (which had a Max 32 MB partition available with 8 MB in another. Or however you wanted it partitioned as long as you didn’t try to go over the 32 MB limit). It also cost a whopping $460.
My Mom got it for me, once she understood what it was I wanted, by playing the slot machines for about 8 minutes. Big jackpot out of which she gave me $500 to get that “thingie” I wanted. (She could do that. “We need a new boat? Hang on a minute.” and off she’d go and win enough to get whatever it was she wanted. She once paid cash for a brand new Z380 (380Z?) with a customized male voice that said “Clara, you’re running out of gas.” “Clara, you left your lights on.”) But she couldn’t win enough to be “Rich” and stay that way. But she was fairly comfortable.
So, yeah, getting a 5TB drive is sorta kinda a big deal for me. And, what am I going to DO with all this storage space? Why, store things, of course. Backup. And Organization. Finally, all the scans I’ve done that are spread all over creation and back I can move to one place. All the video we’ve taken over the years; in one place. All the documents I’ve converted to .pdf format that I need to keep but hardly look at over the course of a year (or two or three); in one place and off my working hard drives. (Working meaning drives I use every day.)
Of course, I’ll probably buy another one to backup the new drive “Just In Case!” I’m pretty anal about backing up all the scans I’ve done cause 1) some of those pictures are irreplaceable, and 2) that’s a LOT of damned work to duplicate for any reason. (Which reminds me; I need to buy some more 50 GB blu-ray discs.)
Made a trip to Fife to the Toll Court. Judge threw my case out because I had done all I could and it was the Toll folks that screwed up. Still have another hearing coming up for the other one though. Got there an hour early cause traffic was a lot lighter than I thought it’d be. Judge did my case early. Nice of him.
Other than that I didn’t get a lot accomplished today. The usual chores. Did manage to vacuum half the big room. But other than that I really haven’t done squat. Nice day to be lazy; so I was. (Hey, I’m Retired!)
But, it was. Glad to say. Nice, Hot, Sunny Day. I spent a lot of time outside. SWMBO and I shared making dinner; I grilled Pork Ribs and she made everything else. (Cauliflower & some baked beans.) And she made me some cheesecake in ice cream cone thingies that were good too.
Just not a lot going on; which is how Sunday should be. Been flying around in MSFSX. Helo’s don’t do barrel rolls very well. Kinda Sorta listening to Neil DeGrasse Tyson lecturing on My Favorite Universe (a course I got from The Learning Company). Getting my regular Sunday chores done.
Friends came over and took the rhubarb plants (and that fake lettuce: kale). If the Dog hadn’t barked at them driving up they’d have found me naked. Call First if you’re coming over! Usually if you just show up you get what you get.
MCARC 2-meter Sunday Evening Chat Net went well. Even had a new check-in from Brown’s Point! Cool! Lot’s of complaints about the Heat lately.
And that really is about it. Pretty normal Sunday around here. Finally starting to cool off some. SWMBO is downstairs with the Sister Missionaries. I’m going to just chill and read a bit before bedtime. Gotta make a trip to Fife and Traffic Court tomorrow.
And I am just loving it! But, even I had to get in my wheelbarrow/pool for a few this afternoon. That felt great and the breeze was nice and cool when I got out of it. The Wheelbarrow/pool. Not the breeze. I enjoyed the breeze. Nevermind.
SWMBO took me to the Church 4th of July breakfast. Had a short Flag ceremony and then eggs (scrambled), sausage (burnt), and one pancake. One pancake is about all I can stand. It was all pretty good though. Was already getting hot out by the time we left. (SWMBO had to leave for the Genealogy Library.)
So, I’ve just been messing around the house. Watered some of the front lawn. Picked my first batch of peas for the year! That was cool. Took a walk around the back 40. (Dog said “Fook it. I ain’t going.”) Washed my truck inside and out. (Looks nice! That’ll end the first time we go anywhere. Sometimes living down a dirt road is kind of a pain in the ass.)
My Schweetie got home from the Library and dragged me to the church to help her clean. Her assignment: Blackboards and bathrooms. So I cleaned the bathrooms. Of course. Nice working with her though. Just spending time together. Neat-O.
Then she took me to the All-You-Can-Eat Chinese place in Port Orchard where I stuffed myself on one plate of mostly chicken & mushrooms of different types. Had a crawdad. Had my usual cup of chocolate ice cream. She damned near had to roll me to the truck.
Stopped by Wal-Mart to see if they had one of those universal radio mounting brackets; they didn’t. Instead we got a small dish drainer for the Caravan and a couple of karabiners. Made our usual stop at Safeway (got out of there cheap this week!) and home.
It’s still rather hot out so she’s “taking a rest.” I took off all my clothes and went for a walk. I like the heat. Picked some more peas that I missed earlier and watered the garden. Yummy stuff: fresh peas!
Hope all y’all had a fun, safe, July 4th!