A week ago Thursday I flew to Los Angeles for my father’s funeral (Friday), then back to Knoxville (got a ride home to Sevierville) on Saturday. Then on Tuesday, I rented a Uhaul truck, drove it to East Flat Rock NC to pick up my stuff, back to Sevierville… Wednesday I had three strong men help me load the rest of my stuff onto the truck, picked up my car from the shop (way too much money, but have to have the car), and drove off to my new home in Blaine, TN, just outside of Knoxville on US Hwy 11W (Rutledge Pike). Paid the rent and deposit. Moved in. What a mess.
On Thursday I got the deposits paid for electric and water. The water was turned on on Thursday, the power on Friday. On Friday I went to Comcast for cable Internet.
On Saturday, I collected all my computer stuff and set it up, hoping to just go straight online when they turned my service on. Big shock. Someone had stolen my system hard drive right out of my box. Had to rush out and spend new money on a new hard drive. Installed XP Pro 32-bit (all I had except Ubuntu Karmic Koala). It didn’t find the drivers, including the network driver. I can’t find my motherboard box, which last I knew included the driver disk.
So on Sunday, I got Internet, but can’t get online from my desktop. Amazingly, my notebook, running Linux, works fine (typing this on it). So I tried installing 64-bit Karmic Koala on the desktop. Nope, can’t find the network drivers for it there either.
I think I have to run the drivers to activate the systems. I have downloaded them, need to unzip them to a directory and install them from there… if it works, I’ll be fine.
Except I still have a CPU cooling problem, but I’ve already ordered a new cooler and it should be here the next day or two.
This is stress, but it’s good stress. I’m taking care of myself (with financial help from my mother). I’m away from people who were stealing from me. Ya know, I have had several dozen homeless people stay with me, and never lost more than a candle or two. But staying with friends… I don’t know who took the stuff (over the last few months, this included a 1 Gb RAM chip, a 160 Gb external hard drive, and, now, a 250 Gb internal hard drive with Windows 7 already installed) but I’m away from that now. The odd thing is, I’m not even mad at anyone. For one, I don’t know who specifically to be mad at, and for another, I’m trying to become someone who does not respond with anger. I’m really thankful to Meade for letting me move in and stay so long… just wish I knew who took my stuff and at least got an apology.
The new neighbors seem really nice. It’s great to be on my own. Now if I could keep anyone from moving in with me I’ll get the time I need to work on my issues.
Had a great time today at an Open Circle in Morristown. Got to see a lot of people I know and love, and a few I kinda know and love by extension, plus a few more I didn’t know before but love anyway.