atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#6591: SURGE

Today, had a meeting at the corporate office in Schaumburg. After, went to Fry's to bum around a bit, hoping to see something needful but coming up totally dry--more on that in a moment--but started having an attack of hypoglycemia and decided to leave. Hit the nearest fast food restaurant for emergency rations, which turned out to be a Burger King; and in my hypoglycemic befuddlement it was not until I had paid for my burgers that I realized what the big green covers on the bumper posts meant.

Me: "You guys have Surge? Actual real Surge?"

Guy: "Uh, yeah."

Me: "Gimme a medium! I haven't had Surge in a thousand years!"

More exactly, I haven't had it since 2003, which feels approximately like a thousand years ago for some reason but which, in fact, is only sixteen years past.

And it is. It's Surge. I knew it from the first sip that Surge was back. That same old antifreeze green color, that sweet citrus taste.

...with sugar, so I can't really drink it.

Vault came about in 2005 but disappeared after a while. There was dnL, which tasted pretty good, but it was a flash in the pan. I am so very glad Surge is back, even if it turns out to be temporary.

Even if I can't drink it very often.

* * *

"Can't" is kind of wrong. I could, I suppose, drink it as much as I liked, but it's pure frigging sugar water, and I don't want to undo my great success at eliminating sugar water from my diet. Sugar is bad for you--really bad, worse than smoking IMHO--and I have no desire to start down that path.

Hey...you don't suppose there's diet Surge...?

* * *

Certainly, the world of personal transportation will change. Everything changes.

As for me, I'm still defaulting to having a preference for fixing up my aging crate rather than acquiring a new(er) vehicle. For perhaps $500 in parts and a couple weekends' worth of work, my 2000 Cherokee could be massaged into top form. Most of the parts that need replacing are wear parts. It needs a few repair panels and some other bits and pieces.

And I could probably put a 20 foot paint job on the thing in my garage for not a lot of money.

That would be cheaper than going out and getting something else, that's for sure.

* * *

The drive to and from work today was pretty fair dinkum. Even though it was amateur hour, traffic was light enough that the slowpokes didn't really matter all that much.

Used 3/8 of a tank of gas to do it. I am hoping that I won't have to put any gas into the Jeep until April, but that depends on a lot of factors. April is 8 days away and I've got something like 3/8 of a tank left out of the tankful that I got on 3/2, so if I could make it to 4/2 that would make it an even month since I last put gas in the truck...and I would giggle all the way to the gas station.

* * *

Fry's--

I don't know what the hell is going on with that place. I went up and down and up and down the appropriate aisles trying to see if they had transformers, and they don't.

Which is to say, I could have bought any number of power supplies, but that's not what I need; what I need is a 120v to 9v AC transformer. Preferably one with a center tap that I could rectify and regulate to 5v. The whole thing needs to be able to pump out a total of about 2A of current from both secondaries (2.5A would be better, 1.5A from the 9V one and 1A from the 6v).

Nothing. Not even a 120v to 12v. Not even one.

How am I supposed to resurrect my C64 if I can't find the parts to build a power supply?

That entire section is like that: half-barren, with multiple empty pegs, like no one's bothering to restock. WTF.

But I bought a case jimmying tool I could have used when I was trying to fix that laptop, and as I was leaving I saw that they had no-name microSD cards, 16 GB for $5, so I bought one for my phone. Wheee!

* * *

Did not get any painting done today. Guess tomorrow will be Der Tag. Went to bed at 11:30 last night but did not sleep all that well, was up at 6 AM on the bounce for the meeting at work today; and once I got home from that, I went right to bed and slept another four hours. Thanks to the hypoglycemic attack, I felt like utter shit. Thanks to the Surge, my heart was pounding (too much sugar and caffiene). I feel much better now, having had a gyro; but I'm still feeling sleepy.

Only one thing to do about this.
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