Had a real nice time....didn't get to some of my old haunts to see how much has changed, but did get to go on a tour of Derek's ship and got lots of pictures of the rest of the ships that were in port. I don't think there were more than twenty sailors on board...most were on leave, so Derek got to take me all over the place. It was really cool.
Coming home yesterday was horrendous....started at 5AM with back muscle spasms that went on the entire day, got a crappy 5 hour layover in Atlanta, Ga., got shuffled to one of the worst and smallest planes I've ever been on with my seat being the last (18 rows only) and immediately in front of the bathroom. I swear every passenger had to take a crap before take-off, must have never thought of using the airport johns, and I got to know all of them on a more than personal level until I was ready to puke (except my back wouldn't let me move to even lean over to use the barf bag without spazzing up again).
Got back to Cana (step son picked me up and took me to their house since they were storing my car to save me the expense of long-term parking), night was clear as a bell, and got to Galax around midnight with flashing blue lights from the hick cop for speeding (67 in a 55). Didn't even try to make up an excuse, just told him I was too tired to debate it, he was probably right, and I was anxious to get home after such a crappy day. He asked if I was a paramedic (license plates are PCMEDIC)...that's how much of a hick I had to deal with. I told him I repair and build PC computers....he told me to get my foot off the gas and go home and walked away chuckling.
He was the only bright spot in the whole freaking day until I got home and saw my dogs....and Teddy was jumping all over she was so happy to see me. LOL
Fell into the bed with both dogs and passed out immediately. lol
Derek and Heather are great and doing well...thinking about buying the condo/townhouse they are renting. I really hope they don't. It's not worth the $425K asking price even by a stretch of the imagination; I don't care what the real estate values are out there.
He hadn't been able to get his laptop connected to the internet for three months with Cox Cable, and shortly before I got there the video went out on the lcd screen. Gateway wants $599 to repair it, so I disabled the monitor in the bios and hooked up a regular crt monitor (it's actually another lcd, but the bios couldn't find it until I changed that), got him on the internet (his firewall was screwed up). Two days later, he was converting songs to ipod files for Heather and the harddrive crunched all over and died....the bios can't even find one connected anymore.
Talked him into checking out WalMart with me, and we found a really nice Emachine that's four times the system he had with the laptop, which was four years old already). I got him back on the net, uninstalled all the propaganda, and installed everything he needed for the net for protection, plus his burner program and MS Office (he uses it for work alot). Brought his laptop home with me so maybe I can try just replacing the harddrive and see if that will work....then it will belong to me. He was planning on breaking it over his knee and sledge-hammering the harddrive LOL. I'm too much of a packrat for computer parts to allow that to happen.
Heather's computer wouldn't boot up at all...about five years old with XP Home. Shipped it home to my address and I will be using one of the HP systems Roger gave me via you to see what I can put together for her.
They have the cutest black lab/spaniel dog (he's actually a purebred not a mix but I can't remember the name now). His name is Colby, about four months old and slept with me the last few nights I was there. Derek said he's gotten defiant now since I came home and I spoiled him. lol