Day 199, Why did I do that?..

I set the alarm last night to go off at 6:30 am this morning. On a Saturday morning no less. If you work on Saturday, you have my condolences.  The alarm went off and I hit the snooze. It went off again five minutes later. Logic would tell us that the time should be 6:35 am. Me, I got up and checked another clock in the house in the desperate hope that the alarm clock was wrong and I had another hour or two to sleep. Not!

From reading yesterday’s blog, you will know that we (DW and I) went to a company party last night. I finished up the blog and got to bed around midnight last night. Having the alarm go off at 6:30 am this morning was way too early. I set it to go off early since I wanted to be in Scranton early. Getting to Scranton early should mean that I could be back home early..  DS2’s computer had a hard drive failure issue during the week.  His local tech (me) is located 200 miles from school. I took my toys, stopped for a bagel and headed up the GSP at 7:15 this morning. I was in Scranton by 10 am. Do me a favor, don’t do the math. It’s really closer to 190 miles each way with some driving around town.

I arrived at his dorm after driving through the snow squalls in the Poconos. DS2’s roommate was asleep. I don’t know if I have ever seen him awake (or not in bed). They ( the roommates) live on different schedules. DS2 gets up early, the roommate, stays up late. I quickly came to the conclusion that the hard drive was dead, when power was supplied, it would not spin. I swapped it for a new 500 gig hard drive and loaded a few programs. I cleaned up my mess (not a trait of repair people) and we went to lunch. We had cheese steak sandwiches at  the Bistro in OLP. Click on the link if you are interested.

After we ate we went to the Wal-Mart in Dickson City. DS2 needed new computer headphones and a new mouse. It was a computer repair/replace weekend for him. After we were finished at the Wal-Mart I dropped him back off at school. Then I visited my parents (it was cold and windy), picked up coffee at Northern Lights and hot dogs at Coney Island Lunch. Notice the re-occurring theme of food, food and food.

The ride home was uneventful once I got out of the Poconos. This video was shot on Interstate 380 east/south going away from Scranton towards the Delaware Water Gap. Notice the snow in the air and the snow on the side of the highway. The ride up, that was another story. From about 117 on the GSP to 140 on the GSP there were NJ State Police everywhere writing tickets. Then when I got up on Interstate 80 west of Interstate 287 there were even more police writing tickets.  It was like every turn around in the middle of the highway either had a police car in it or right down the road from the turn around was a police car with someone pulled over.

I am all packed for my trip. The flight leave out of Philadelphia at 7:10 am. Hmm, sounds like another early day. Here are a few pictures from the last few days. Hopefully the captions explain what the are. The next time we meet I should be in Florida.  Enjoy!


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