Snot rag

Kleenex and Mucinex and tea, oh my.

Kleenex and Mucinex and tea, oh my.

Gah. I was congratulating myself for having avoided the cold that felled Herself — dodged a boogery bullet, evaded a snot rocket, as it were — and then, boom!

Attack of the clones: Cloning the MacBook's hard drive to a new OWC SSD using SuperDuper and a USB Universal Drive Adapter.

Attack of the clones: Cloning the MacBook’s hard drive to a new OWC SSD using SuperDuper and a USB Universal Drive Adapter.

Got me.

Thus, while it is a springlike 64 degrees outdoors, here I sit, full of drugs, hot tea and bad ideas. Like installing a new SSD in my old black MacBook to give it a taste of the 21st century.

This is not unlike putting spinners on a Nash Metropolitan, but what the hell — at just under a C note from the fine folks at Other World Computing, a bigger, faster drive is a whole lot cheaper than a new laptop for road trips requiring a bit more screen real estate and software than the 11-inch MacBook Air provides.

Plus, being slightly crazed on caffeine, pseudoephedrine and guaifenesin, I need something to keep my hands busy. It’s either this or follow the news, and that seems futile since I no longer have any hair to pull out.

• Late update: The surgery was successful, and now I have a zippy little 120GB SSD in my 8-year-old MacBook. Probably should’ve gone bigger, but SSDs are pricey, and I have a 120GB external drive I can use to store image files.

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22 Responses to “Snot rag”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Feel better soon. We have an outbreak of tree pollen here, that now includes that nasty mulberry. So, allergies are acting up.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Snot nice to be sick, Patrick. Get well soon.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, K. You folks up to your snotlockers in junipers yet? My man Matt Wiebe in Santa Fe suffers the tortures of the damned come spring.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Yeah, its getting ugly with the pollen. Plus the better half is just getting over a bad case of antibiotic-resistant bronchitis, and the dog had oral surgery today and is drooling all over the house. Its been amusing down here.

  3. Charley Says:

    High on speed, so it took 2 1/2 seconds to scribble your comment. You could have biked like crazy and set a new record of somekind! My sympathies.

  4. Jon Paulos Says:

    Get well soon. Boy, if ya ever need motivation to get out of bed when you’re feeling punk, think on Andrew Jackson. Spent most of his life being slowly poisoned by lead bullets left in his body as a result of various duels, had an almost useless right arm from one duel, probably had malaria and definitely had a whole host of intestinal parasites that gave him unending diahrrea. Oh, and his entire presidency was without his beloved wife, who died on the eve of his taking office. How that guy got out of bed in the morning was an exemplar of will.

    Of course given his track record, we wish sometimes he hadn’t gotten out of bed some days, but that’s another story.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Old Hickory was tougher ‘n’ whang leather, to be sure. And maybe it’s time we revived the tradition of dueling. Dickheads like Darrell Issa might show a little more respect to their colleagues if they thought they might get a glove to the face followed by a round between the running lights.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Issa has $450 million in the bank, give or take, so he won’t stand toe to toe with anyone; he will just stab them in the back. Wouldn’t want to get any powder residue on his new manicure.

      • Dale Says:

        I’ll chip in to help buy that round.

  5. Debby back in Longtucky Says:

    I hope you’re feeling better soon, Patrick. This one just sneaks up and nails you, no warning at all.

  6. Larry T. Says:

    Hope everyone gets well soon. Remember pro cycling? Here’s one of the best editorials I’ve read in a long while
    http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/03/news/analysis-strade-bianche-roma-maxima-deliver-cycling-needs_318910
    I’m hoping some pirates will be streaming these if RCS/RAI won’t.

    • weaksides Says:

      Ahem…. pardon me, but would anyone like to trade physical discomforts (dead presidents excluded of course)?

      Thanks for the heads up Larry. This was the first time I’ve watched any of that race. Bella!

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I think you’re on top of the podium at present, sir. How you feeling?

      • Weaksides Says:

        I’m coming along pretty well Patrick. After a week in the hospital, I’m now a week deep at in-patient therapy. If I keep behaving and improving, I might get sprung next Friday. I’m still trying to figure where I’ll go next though because my house presents to many challenges in my current condition. Perhaps either my in- laws’ house or skilled nursing at one of my local hospitals. I’m not super-keen on either, but they’re the best next options right now.

      • Weaksides Says:

        Oh yeah, thanks for asking.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Whew, I hope your recovery speed sets a new record and astounds the medicos. I am an extremely bad patient due a woeful lack of patience. You have to be patient to be a patient. Hard to do when entering geezerhood.

      • Weaksides Says:

        Well Pat, thanks for all that. I am a patient person; but I also seem to have more experience in this field than anyone should have. First I got hit head-on by a genious trying to answer his cell phone in 2003. That resulted in a broken femur and arm. Then in 201 I went down at 30 mph after a touch of wheels on our local Tuesday night ride. That got me a collarbone, some ribs and a punctured lung. The n just a few months after that in early 2013 I had several crashes on one long ride (general stupidity here) that resulted in a messed up back that took a couple months of pt to sort out.

        So as they say, experience always helps; and I have way more experience than I ever cared to have.

  7. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Wonder if one of these will show up in the Ivywild School watering hole? Then you could go there to medicate your cold and brighten your spirits.

    http://www.npr.org/2014/03/09/287851066/15-seconds-to-nowhere-goldsprints-bring-bikes-to-the-bar

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