A cool and sunny Sunday afternoon; "crisp" even, although I'm unsure how that adjective relates to weather. The heat has been on now for almost a month, keeping the house a comfortable 70° for us warm-blooded folks. The sensation of being warm and "safe" inside a house while still being able to see the potentially unfriendly elements outside has always appealed to me. Like being in a tent in the rain, or sitting in a screened-in porch in Florida while a thunderstorm rages around you. Shelter; caves, Gilligan's Island huts, Abe Lincoln log-cabins, whatever... it's a known obsession of mine.
Today I finally broke down and installed SuSE Linux 9.2 as a dual-boot on my home machine. My thought was, since I've abandoned most of my non-freeware software on Windows, maybe this time the big "switch" would be easier. I've tried Linux before, but haven't ever been able to stick with it. I always get frustrated and got back to Windows because I can't do some ridiculously simple thing like change the screen resolution. This time though, I'm hoping the dual-boot scenario might help "ease" me into the switch. Ideally I'd love to run a completely no-cost system, but I guess time will tell. Right now, I'm happy because I'm trying it out, but I'm still not sure if I'll stick with it. I mean, as it is now... it won't see my RAID array and despite recognizing my sound card, I got no sound. Whatever.
Foggy this morning, the ground's wet with it and the Christmas lights on the house won't stay on for 30sec before tripping the GFCI circuit. This weekend was ultimate low-key for me, although we did host a meal and gift-exchange thing on Saturday night, which involved beers and champagne (toasting Suzy's new job) and darts. I put on the Charlie Brown Christmas Special CD, what I consider to be the penultimate embodiment of Christmas music, jazzy and warm. Then we all played "adult" and sat around to open presents from each other. The rest of the weekend though, I sat around and did absolutely nothing. I practiced my dart throwing for a bout an hour on Sunday, watched some old Twilight Zone episodes, and did the dishes. The shit is bananas people, b-a-n-a-n-a-s.
Wednesday we set out on our trek to Oregon, I need to get the tires rotated and oil changed in prep for the journey. Checking this awesome page, the I5 pass into Oregon looks like it's snow-free (click the little cameras for live shots of the road... the internet rocks). That's not to say it may not snow between now and then, but at least we know it's not snowed under now. I'm kinda looking forward to the drive, even thought it'll be looong... but I kinda enjoy road-tripping, especially w/friends and an ample supply of good tunes.
That's all for today, Dave out.