Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Just Like New...

Just like new...

I decided to wipe my computer clean over the weekend and reinstall the operating systems. It's really not that big of a deal, but I can see why people would pay someone else to do it for them - it's WAY too time consuming. In my case it was even more time consuming because I have a Mac AND I also run Windows XP on it. 

Here's a list of what needed to be done: 
  1. back up files before the install
  2. Install Tiger 
  3. Install Leopard
  4. Install Snow Leopard
  5. Install system updates and patches
  6. Run Boot Camp
  7. Install Windows XP Service Pack 2
  8. Install ALL updates and patches (OMG!)
  9. Connect and reinstall peripherals (printers, fax, scanner, hubs, serial adapters, etc..)
I think all in all, it probably took about 8 hours to complete, of course I wasn't sitting in front of my computer the whole time, but I did have to continually restart it. The part that took the most time was installing all the updates and patches for XP. Sheesh! That was never ending. You'd think that you could install all the updates at the same time, but noooooooo, only so many updates and patches will load, then you need to restart your computer and load the next batch. Jeez, that was never ending!

One thing that I did differently this time was to use Boot Camp instead of Vmware Fusions to install and run Windows XP. I'm glad I did too. I love Boot Camp compared to Fusions. XP runs GREAT! I guess I never did need to run both operating systems at the same time, which is one of the pluses to running Fusions.

So now I have an almost brand spank-me new perfectly running laptop. Unfortunately my son uses it occasionally for his studies at the UW, so it's just a matter of time...

Anyway, I did manage to smoke a couple fine cigars during the process. Friday night we stopped by the Tobacco Patch after coffee at Zoka's. BTW, Zoka's is conveniently located right next to the Patch, but had it not been raining I would have gladly walked across the street to either Starbucks or Caffe Ladro, both have better coffee in my opinion. The Patch was pretty dead, but that wasn't going to stop me from my Friday Night Cigar. I lit up an Oliva G Churchills - one of the best cigars on the planet! 

Saturday night after dinner at The Slip in downtown Kirkland, we buzzed up the to the Snoqualmie Casino. I don't think I've ever seen it rain so hard on the way up there; torrential rain! Luckily this place has a great valet service and the front entrance is fully covered, so no worries on staying dry. 

The casino mails us coupons all the time, either for a free buffet or exchange for cash. This time we'll use the cash coupon. Speaking of cash coupons, my mom told me the other day that whenever my sister goes to the casino she takes her coupon straight to the cashier's window and cashes it in, then turns around and walks right out the front door. Winner! ;)

After a couple of hours playing the slots, we decide to call it quits and go have a cigar in the Lit Lounge. The place is packed, but my lovely wife spots a group leaving their table just as we walk through the door. Good timing! I order my favorite rum (Pyrat) and my better half orders a cappuccino, which by the way are not made in the bar anymore, the waitress has to walk over to the restaurant to have it made for us. Good service!

I was cheap this weekend (when am I not?) and brought a cigar with me, I didn't feel like paying $$ for a cigar at the Lit Lounge, especially when I've got plenty at home. Can you guess what I brought? You guessed right! I've got a ton of these Oliva's that I've got to smoke before I buy anything else. For me that's not a problem - I could smoke these any time of day. (all except the Cain cigars, which are deadly to all humans)

All in all, it was a pretty nice evening...

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