This ‘N That

Happy Birthday, John Lackey.

It’s easy to remember because we share the same date, October 23. (Different years, of course.)

Lackey made a World Series start against the Giants on his birthday back in 2002.

I dread the approach of my birthday. Not because of age. It’s because of the Curse.

Things inevitably go bad — disastrously bad — around my birthday.

As a child, I broke a collarbone playing schoolyard football.

In my young adulthood, I was dumped by a girlfriend on my birthday.

Four years ago, I was given a layoff notice on my 50th birthday.

Two years ago, I lost my next job on my 52nd birthday.

What was it this year?

For openers, my two-year old piece-of-$#@! HP computer died. It had been crashing a lot in recent weeks. I tried every trick I know to nurse it back to health. But it finally gave up on October 23. Figures.

So off we went to Best Buy to purchase a new PC — an Asus CG1330-07, for those who are curious.

In Southern California, Best Buys were almost as ubiquitous as Starbucks or In ‘N Outs. Here in the Space Coast region of Florida, though, the only Best Buy is in Melbourne, 40 miles from home here in north Merritt Island.

So my birthday weekend was spent restoring my cyber world.

But the Curse wasn’t done.

My hosting service’s media server wouldn’t allow me to upload video files. I called yesterday and was told by the agent just to disable my account and then enable it again.

“Will that delete all my files?” I asked.

“No, they’ll be fine,” he said.

Well, you can guess the result.

Not only did his suggestion fail to solve the problem, but eight years of media files went poof.

I called back and spoke to a supervisor, who assured me the files would be restored in less than an hour. Sixteen hours later, they’re still missing in action. I called this morning and was told, “They’re working on a problem with our media server.” But they assured me they can see the backups of my media files, so they’ll be restored when they fix their little problem.

Sigh.

Anyway …

Those of you who are long-time readers of this blog know my wife and I moved here in June 2009, near Kennedy Space Center. I started another blog called SpaceKSC.com that covers history and current events at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the neighboring Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), and other space geek stuff.

I’ve filmed a number of launches in the sixteen months we’ve been here, and consolidated those links into one post on that blog. Click here to see the list of space launch video links. These are on a different media server, so they actually work.

I recently volunteered for docent training at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Museum at CCAFS. This museum is to the space program what Kitty Hawk is to air flight. It was at this location that the United States launched its earliest satellite and manned missions.

You do this sort of thing when you’re separated from Angels baseball by 2,500 miles.

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