We went and watched G-Force on Opening Day, first thing in the morning, and at 10 am, the theater was completely empty. *laughs*
It was a fun movie, not a lot to it and the motivations for the villains were... shallow. *laughs* But the guinea pigs were fun as was the whole interaction and the effects, of course, just kind of took over for most of it. We all enjoyed it, though, so well worth a matinée price.
I picked through 2 pounds of pinto beans this morning and got them started cooking. It's amazing how good I feel when I find a rock in the among the beans. *laughs* It's a tooth saved and so simple to do.
One is that my replacement Verizon Blitz arrived today. It's a different make than my first one, the keys and black bits are all matte instead of shiny. It's just solid feeling, and I'm halfway wondering if it's a newer make. It had all the testing data for it on the cover of the box it came in, which was reassuring in an odd way. With a battery in it, it works great. I'll hope my run of rum luck with electronics might be over, *crosses fingers*.
The second is that I got cranky and called HP support one more time (as our coverage with them ends in August) and support escalated to their management; and they're going to look into just replacing the whole thing. That was the one thing that I could think of that might make me okay with them. Besides one happy vote for Acer desktops, on the most part I've only gotten Mac suggestions, which makes me believe that everyone thinks all the Windows PCs pretty much suck equally (laughs). So I thought I might as well roll the dice on something we knew about, first, as our other HP machine has been a workhorse for nearly 8 years, now.
Feel like I've been on support lines all day... but...
We got not just a replacement machine, but the next tier up. It's got twice the memory, twice the hard disk, and a Blueray player as part of the machine itself. It has a completely different motherboard, so hopefully will have none of the problems the old machine had. Given that I've been running PC's since the OS fit on a single 3.5 inch floppy disk, and that I haven't had this level of problems with any of them but this one, I am hopeful that this completely new machine will have a good chance of being and staying good.
It also pleases my Chinese nature that the new machine retails for a good 40% more than we paid for the defunct one.
So many thanks to everyone that gave advice, and were supportive about all the problems I've been having with the machine... I appreciate it a lot.
*laughs* AND I put in another call to Verizon's support system to get the darned new cell phone working (it hadn't been registered in the activation system is all) it is working just fine and kept my grocery store list quite well when I rode my bike into get it.
*crosses fingers and touches wood* I hope this will be the last of my electronics problems for a little while. I'll burn some incense, just in case, too. *laughs*