Saturday, February 17, 2007

Another Best Buy

Saying for the Day- You can't always trust a name.

The other day we went to Best Buy. I needed to walk and it is a very big store. Of course, I also got to look at computers and Betty looked at washing machines. While we were there I bought two PC games, one for Betty and one for me. When Betty’s computer crashed she lost the mahjongg games that she really liked playing so I picked up another one. It was only $9.98. I have been really bored lately so I picked up an adventure game called Nemesis for me. It was only $9.98. I figured for $20 plus tax we could have hours of fun. Wrong!
First I loaded Betty’s game into her computer. There were no warning messages. It did not say you are missing a trm.dll at 2006 or anything like that. When I clicked on the shortcut it came right up. There was this beautiful picture of a mountain. There was a note on the side that there were 144 tiles and 6 were free. Just the way everything was supposed to be. The only little problem : there were no tiles. Not one single tile. The background was great. You could even change it. There must have been a hundred backgrounds. None of them had tiles. You can’t play the stupid game without tiles. So I’m out $9.98 and the tax. I chalk it up to Betty’s failing hard drive.
So I load my game onto my computer. Again it loads perfectly. No messages telling me that I have any kind of problem. It finishes loading and it says I have to do the Microsoft thing. You know turn the computer off and back on to adjust the things you never see. So I do that and there is the shortcut. It looks like a roman coin. I double click and the screen goes black. Then in the center a light and music starts. Little by little the name of the software company forms in the center. But something is dreadfully wrong. The name is reversed and upside down. It morphs to the menu . There is this mean looking Roman guy. But he is upside down, the menu is upside down and reversed. But its okay because it has rteset my mouse. When I love left the arrow goes right . When I move it right the arrow moves left. There is no way I can play this game. Now I need to move the arrow to what I think is exit on the menu. That was not easy but I reach it annd get out. My screen returns to normal. I am out $9.98 plus tax.
Well I know my computer Is not on its last legs so I go to Google and find the website of the software company “Enlight”. I go to their support page. There is a whole long list of things that could be wrong with this program. I find the one that says picture is upside down and reversed. They tell me I have the wrong embedded graphics board. For a $9.98 game I need to go and buy a new graphics board. That would break rule seven for Linna owned computers.( Never take the cover off the tower). So now I am out another $9.98 .
I guess what I bought at “Best Buy” wasn’t the best buy.

@@@@ News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my garage where the trains still run, dragons fly, and the basketball team keeps winning-Reinhild Rintala got so excited over last nights game that he almost fell out of his hospital bed. His son had to threaten to take away the radio to calm him down. He said that for all those years he went to all those losing games and he was not going to let a little thing like a heart attack keep him from enjoying the game. And last nights game was enough to give a person a heart attack. The team squeaked out a win in the closing minute of the game having been behind for most of it. Somehow Reinhold survived. They take basketball seriously in Pigeon Falls.
Nancy was glad everybody was talking basketball today so she wasn’t tempted to tell what she knows about Pastor Marvel. The game was replayed at least thirty times in her shop. One guy got so excited in the retelling that he hit the table and spilled coffee all over himself. He didn’t get burned so Nancy doesn’t have to worry about a law suit. She should have expected somebody to get excited and hit the table so she should have had stronger tables. That’s the American way of law. But this is Pigeon Falls and the guy apologized to Nancy for the mess.
Tommy TW has his novel, Murder in a Small Town, half finished and he wants Nancy to read it over and see what she thinks. He has worked a lot of Pigeon Falls into the novel. Nancy is going out to his house tomorrow for dinner and she will begin reading it then. She is so excited. She feels its an honor to be asked to read the book in advance. One wonders if she can stop looking into his eyes long enough to do any reading.
Will Tommy TW ever finish this novel? Well it make it to the best sellers list? Will Nancy really care? Where is the dragon and the White Rabbit? Can the New Potatoes keep winning? Will they ever get their new team logo? Can Reinhild survive another close game? Will a loss kill him? And of course is Tommy UK really the undertaker’s kid? Will any of these questions ever be answered?

Today's Link-Contemplations of an Ordinary World- What is your goal in life? I know its not to leave Dr. John in the comment but do it anyway, Please.
Another dull day to add to all the other dull days. I blogged a little. There were no soaps. I watched a little TV. I blogged a little more. Pennie is on call and kept getting called to the hospital. Betty and Pennie went to the Bank. I took a nap. I hope this is not causing you too much excitment. Well I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

Will Nancy give Tommy TW an objective opinion on his novel? Can he trust what she says about it? Will she recognize herself as one of the characters? Will she read too much into it?

7:11 AM  
Anonymous andrena said...

Awww...sorry to hear about your experience with "best buy". I have never been in there.

So...I take it you enjoyed the sermon? What is your bishop's name? I may know him.

gearing up for next week...actually tomorrow, when I am introduced to the congregation. Looking at next week's texts for the sermon..

keep warm.

7:53 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Sorry that you couldn't play your games you bought. Is there anyway you can restore Betty's mahjonng game back on.

A wonderful weekend is wished for you and Betty

7:53 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Print that stuff out and bring the games back to Best Buy and get a refund. They may offer to send the "Geek Squad" to your home and fix up what needs to be fixed for free. You shouldn't have to get a new video board.

Unless you're one of the lucky ones that are frying their computers up with Vista. =O(

8:16 AM  
Anonymous loisontheweb said...

Computers can be so frustrating! They are so complicated now that it is scary to try to outsmart them.

Long time ago, I learned to purge the phrase: "I wonder what would happen IF..." from my vocabulary.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

Download yahoo games for Betty. They have a majonng game on there....its great. I play it all the time. Its also free. Try it, I think Betty will like it.

I have bought a few computer games that didnt work to. So I tend to play in yahoo games....they always work and are free!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Kat Campbell said...

I am always suspicious of games that cost less than $20. We've had terrible luck with cheap software so I won't buy it any more. Sorry I didn't warn you.

1:29 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

With a name like Nemesis
could it be your graphics card was defeated by a game?

1:30 PM  
Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

That is sad but didn't they get it back? They should. That was deception on their part. I like mahjong too although it tires my eyes with all the tiles but I enjoy playing it. Another game I love playing is the SIMS.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Nea said...

These are some of the problems we have also run into with software. Unless you computer is brand new, and everything is completely up to date, often you have to download new drivers, new graphics, new java, many things to get them to work right. Often you can google the problem by saying, the name and then problem, and others who have had the same problem can offer a fix. Other times the program company itsself can offer you help, but it is hit and miss. The reason you can't find tiles, might be something as simple as having your popups blocked. Tom was a computer engineer for 35 years, so I have a bit of an advantage, there isn't much he can't fix. And he can "take the tower" open and add new memory, new graphics cards, just about anything, and it even works when he puts it back together. haha

4:34 PM  
Blogger goldennib said...

I really think we should go back to pencil and paper.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Quilly said...

I quit buying games long ago for just that reason. I am not smart enough to know what is and isn't compatable.

6:00 PM  

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