How was your weekend?
1. Finally gave up and completely reformatted Dell laptop, after trying to repair/reinstall. Then spent a considerable portion of the rest of the weekend dealing with the dysfunctional update system that Microsoft maintains for XP. I thought that I updated with SP2, after spending a few hours downloading it on my slow DSL. Then, figured, what the hell, let's go for SP3, so spent another couple hours downloading THAT. . only to get a message, on trying to install it, that I REALLY need to go back and install SP(fucking)1 for any of these other updates to work, and upon checking, saw that SP2 was NOT installed.
I am getting more and more convinced that in order to use and maintain Microsoft OS's that you need to buy into this dysfunction, and it does bad things to your soul. As soon as a little more money comes in, I won't anymore.
2. Got Decemberists tickets for Portland in November. . they are on the road again in a major city near you! Yay!
3. Went to the second of three "try out a new conductor" program at the Symphony. They are trotting in the 3 finalists and putting on a program with some same pieces, and some pieces that the candidates choose. It's cool to see this happening, and we'll get another up-and-comer (Marin Alsop made a stop here a few years ago).