1. My car's warning light came on. Something was apparently wrong with the emission control. A check with Stamford revealed a heavily sooted spark plug. Diagnosis: loose thread. I don't have the habit of unscrewing my spark out every weekend to play with it before screwing it back. Are cars designed to have parts that fail after the first three years? Is that why all cars have warranties that last only three years? I wonder. The mechanics removed the entire boxer engine to rethread. Sounds ouch.
2. My laptop crashed on me. The windows update automatically installed Windows SP2 patch for me a couple of days ago. When I restarted the laptop it went into the infamous perpetual loop, with a dash of the blue screen of death (that came and went so quickly that it could even be sublimal) ; every option (even revert to last good startup or safe mode) brought me back to the menu. Banging didn't help. Diagnosis: ?????? A reinstallation of XP wiped everything off, including the months of photographs, musics, email exchanges,
3. I needed the car and the unsaved work, as well as the contacts today. Ouch Ouch.
Be it bad luck or otherwise, life goes on. I could choose to be frustrated and rant forever about the sad plight that I'm in. Or I could choose to put all these behind me and remedy the problems. I chose the latter. It's like choosing the blue pill or the red pill in the Matrix; one could live in the world where one could be detached from reality, or one could face the harsh reality and face the monsters. It's all in my choosing.
While the car's with the mechanics, it's a joy commuting (occasionally) via buses, taxis and walking. I realised how little I've been walking from one destination to another. And I'm sure I will appreciate my Subaru more henceforth. While installing XP again, I managed to retrieve the 'formatted' pictures with the help of the zany "File Scavenger 2.1". Took me till 4am nonetheless (and a large part of today) but I will do more backups henceforth. And surprising, my K700i synchronization, and a couple of other programs which failed to work in the past, are working now. And I'm glad the registry's clean once again.
With another solitary episode over, it's time to revert back to the eat-sleep-work-gym-internet-tv-
The relentless drudgery beckons.