Day 0: ALREADY IN IMPROVISATION MODE
Since our flight wasn’t until about midnight tonight, both Julie and I wanted to take the whole day to wrap up packing and getting ready for our marathon two-month trip to China and Japan.
Imagine our unpleasant shock when our newly bought Asus mobile laptop (to replace our old Dell laptop which had a broken soundcard and limited hard drive space) started to act funny and even ask us if we wanted to format the C: drive!
Keep in mind that we had already loaded our Mapsource Japan software along with other important things like MS Office, McAfee, and more.
So when the reality had sunk in that the hard drive was somehow dead (after less than a week of use), our relaxed day of getting ready all of the sudden turned into a mad scramble to get a replacement laptop, load all the necessary software, and still wrap up the packing and preparation duties.
Julie wasted no time in returning the defective product to Amazon. Shortly thereafter, she headed out to Best Buy in search of a suitable replacement at the last minute.
Meanwhile, I was still trying to wrap up all the preparation work on the main computer so I could eventually transfer all my research files to the new laptop. But that was when I learned that the network also stopped working!
I suspected it was McAfee hijacking the machine again (even though their Firewall was disabled). Eventually, the problem was resolved but only after bugging tech support.
Next, I checked on the car and learned that the hydraulic that is supposed to hold up the hood was stuck!
It just seemed like everything I touched was breaking today.
Anyways, after nearly 12 hours of scrambling to get the replacement laptop, loading software, fixing the network, finish packing, finish preparations, and calling all the credit cards for travel notifications, we finally managed to get it all together and get on with the trip.
Even when I made a brief stop at work to get my out-of-office assistance up, I was greeted with the blue screen of death.
Indeed, it was just one of those days…
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