Oh man, it’s been a
Oh man, it's been a while! Lots going on lately. I'll try to pick up where I left off blog-wise. The Milford Plaza has proven to be a pretty good place. I've stayed there three times now, and it's been good. Small rooms, but it's clean and quiet, and the location is great! Lots of neat places to explore around Times Square, 42nd Street and the theatre district. Next time I go up to New York, though, I'll be staying at the Helmsley Windsor, which is a bit further north up near Central Park. Cost is about the same as the Milford, and I'm told it's a much nicer (and quieter) hotel. Since it's right on the subway, it should be no big deal for me to run up there from Penn Station.
We bought Donna a new van this weekend. Well…sort of. They didn't have exactly what we wanted on the lot, so they're having to track it down. We thought they'd get one that's slated for production in Alabama the week of Aug 19-23, but someone beat us to the punch. Then they thought they found one in Tennessee, but that didn't pan out. Latest news is that we are getting one that's slated for production Aug 21-23 in Canada. It'll be shipped to Georgia via rail, so we'll probably get it sometime around September 1. Donna still doesn't believe she's really getting it (and probably won't until she actually lays eyes on it!).
I bought a new truck, too. Well…not really, but it felt like it. The brakes have been really bad lately, pulsating and shuddering when you apply them. So I took it in to get a brake job, fully expecting that I'd need new rotors this time because the ones it has have been turned at least twice. It did need new rotors, but I was completely unprepared for the cost — $170 EACH!! By the time it was all said and done I was over $600 into this brake job. Ouch. But the truck drives like it's brand new now, so I guess it was worth it.
Got a new laptop recently, too. With all this travelling back and forth to NYC, I needed a laptop that I could actually use to get some work done. I found a refurb Dell Inspiron 2650 at a great price, and I LOVE IT! For you geeks: Pentium 4M 1.5Ghz processor, 256MB RAM, 30GB hard drive, 15″ XGA TFT screen, CD-RW/DVD player, integrated 56K modem and 100Mbps NIC, built-in floppy drive. It came with Windows XP Home, but I immediately upgraded to Windows XP Pro (don't get me started on Microsoft's stupid activation procedure!) Nice box, and every bit as powerful as my desktop machine!!