Weather: It looks like a perfect summer weekend here in St. Louis.
My crazy week: I’ve been having computer problems for a couple of weeks. The hard drive was failing in my four-year-old Dell. I thought about putting a new hard drive in but I also thought, ‘It’s four years old and takes forever to startup.’ I’d wanted a computer with an SSD drive and a hard drive so I started shopping around. After looking online and at several ones at Micro Center I decided on one at the store. I got it home and set it up only to discover there was no hard drive, just the 524GB SSD drive. I had mistakenly purchased the wrong one. I packed it up and took it back and looked for a similar one with a hard drive. It doesn’t exist, at least not in my price range. So I thought about it and did some more research and went back to Micro Center the next day (Tuesday). I bought the same computer and a 5TB internal hard drive that I installed. I got it all set up and started using it and BAM!… BSOD (blue screen of death). I spent most of that afternoon and evening running tests, repairing Windows, and finally called it a night.
In the middle of Tuesday night, or more accurately at about 3:00 am Wednesday morning, I got up to go to the bathroom and felt really weird… dizzy, and sort of passed out briefly and fell to the bathroom floor. The next thing I know, my head is laying on the bathroom scale and I’m trying to figure out what the Hell happened. My wife heard me fall and came to see what the Hell happened. She helped me up and we decided I should take my blood pressure. It was 80/50. At that point my knees started shaking and down I went again. Of course, I’m thinking, “What the Hell’s happening?” After looking at the underside of the bathroom counter for a few moments I got back up and we took my blood pressure again… 75/58. I hobbled to bed but didn’t sleep any more. Wednesday was a subdued day as I kept checking my blood pressure and it was bouncing all over going as high as 162/87 at one point. I take a small dose of Lisinopril (blood pressure medicine) daily but I didn’t take it after all that happened. As the day went on I began feeling better and my blood pressure returned to a more normal state. I’ll be keeping a close watch on my blood pressure and call the doctor if I experience anything else like that or if it keeps fluctuating.
On Thursday, I started messing around with the computer again, trying this and trying that… BAM! BSOD! So, I took the hard drive out and reset Windows which removed everything I had done. Booted it up and BAM!… BSOD. So I packed it up and took it back to Micro Center and exchanged it for another one. Third time’s a charm! The first thing I did after booting it up was to run the tests that the other one failed and it passed with flying colors. So I installed the hard drive in it and added a couple of cards I used in the old computer and started the loading and transferring of files from the old computer. So far, everything is running GREAT. I still have a lot more stuff to transfer and organize.
This weekend: I’ll be away from B&P Headquarters Friday afternoon and all of Saturday at our mud volleyball tournament. Things will get back to somewhat normal on Sunday hopefully.