I was right about his workplace; they are unstable. In fact, they keep calling him to come in and work. Various people flake or don't show up for the kind of crisis reasons a majority of retail workers have: low-income, poorly insured, and people who raised themselves as kids who may not have picked up the best worker ethic from their upbringing. I do include myself as one of those during my retail days. When you're an an office where people make $50k on up, rarely to you lose workers to something like people passing out due to lack of eating (done that), constant child care woes (been there), and their ex-boyfriend calling the office collect from jail (had employees do that). We were supposed to spend Sunday together, and he got a call to come in because someone was hospitalized. CR at first accepted, then declined because he had worked almost 6 days straight (including one day where he promised to sub for another worker, who wasn't on the schedule that week, but he had already clocked in before he was made aware of that). So we sat around and watched Naruto, which was our original plan, while I continued to shred, file, and search documents for my e-Trade info.
I also bit the bullet and tossed away some old computer friends after salvaging a few parts I wanted. A moment of respectful silence for:
- Alice: A 486/dx100 with 32mb RAM. A Dell LE that a friend fixed for a customer of his, and the guy vanished.
- Gryphon: A K5 586/133mhz with 64mb RAM. First box I ever built from scratch from assorted used parts.
- Keiichi: A P2/400mhz with 128mb RAM. First box I ever built from scratch out of brand new parts I bought myself.
Soon, also, to be retired to a scrap heap:
- Tweedledum: A dual P2/450 with 512mb RAM. Dell 3200 server. Actually, this was used as parts to fix its twin, Tweedledee, which later was renamed Malice, and that ran punklinux.net until last year when it was replaced by Lilo (Tweedledee is in someone's office right now, as a pet project)
- AtariST 1040. It's time to let go.
- Akira: 8088 XT with 3mb RAM, I think. A Compaq Personal III "luggable" I got at an Evecon computer room freebie table many years ago. The keyboard contacts grow a corrosive skin which prevents a lot of keys from working until you open it up and wipe it clean again.
- Belldandy: a P3/700mhz box with 128mb RAM.