Last night I had a sudden feeling if illness. It hit pretty quickly and I decided I'd take a nap before my scheduled 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons game at 8pm. I ended up passing out in my chair, only to have my wife wake me up at 9pm, at which point I stumbled upstairs, didn't set any alarms, and just crashed. I slept until 0715 this morning, which is 2 hours late for me, but I felt fine. I'm guessing my body was just telling me that I needed sleep.
On my drive into work (in much heavier traffic than normal) I tried to listen to the latest Podcastle, but couldn't get into it, so I told the trusty iPod to "shuffle all". Now, doing that on my iPod can be interesting, since my musical tastes include just about everything... Mozart and Bach, to country, to old school DC Punk, to reggae, to indie, to death metal, to hiphop. This morning though, it gave me a perfect playlist and I didn't have to skip through anything.
1) Operation Ivy - I Got No
2) The Bloodhound Gang - Your Only Friends Are Make Believe
3) Matisyahu - Dispatch the Troops
4) Danzig - How the Gods Kill
5) Prodigy - Serial Thrilla
6) Polecats - My Baby Said #2
7) Incubus - Idiot Box
8) PM Dawn - Intro
9) Paw - Last One
I didn't skip through anything, and when each song came on, it was perfect for the traffic I was in, and the mood I was in. I've never had that happen before, and it worked quite well.
Now I'm at work, and finishing up a database migration that has been giving me grief for quite a while now. I hope to get it done this week.
My son's ninth birthday is coming up at the end of the month, so we got him a present. He had been using my original iPod purchase (4 years ago, a 4GB Mini) and it finally crapped out completely, so I told him that for his ONE present, he could pick the color of a new Nano. He chose PRODUCT(red), which is fine with me. I ordered it at the end of July and had it engraved, and we gave it to him early.
Monday night, I commented to him that he needs to be more careful with it, since it's by far, the most expensive thing he's ever had (noting that the cost was more than the crappy old 13" TV, cheap DVD player and PlaystationOne combined, that he has in his room on weekends) [I think he may be a bit spoiled, now that I type that out]. He HAS been getting a lot of use out of the iPod and he loves it, but he wore out the neoprene case that I got for it, by removing the iPod over and over and over.
I found a different case that was available at the local Target in town, so I recommended to my lovely wife, that she pick that up for him on Tuesday after swimming lessons.
About 1130 on Tuesday, I get a call on my cell. It's my wife, who says, "I'm too upset right now to tell you, so I'll have the boy tell you."
"Okay, put him on." Insert *sigh* here.
Boy: "Hi, Dad."
Me: "What's up, bud?"
Boy: "I had my iPod in my pocket when I went in the pool."
Me: ...long pause... "You're kidding, right?"
Me: "I'm assuming it no longer works. Is that correct?"
Boy: "Yes, sir." and then adds in a WAY too indignant tone, "Well, isn't there a warranty on it?"
Me: somewhat peeved by the attitude, "Now is NOT the time to be asking me about a warranty. Please let me talk to your mother."
So, now it's dead, and I'm going to see if Apple will replace it. The boy and I had a long talk yesterday about carelessness, and whatnot. I'm still not very pleased.