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July 10, 2002

Send Me A Sign

Last week I scored a 900 out of 1000 on the Microsoft Win2K Server exam. I studied hard and took my time on the test and it produced results. The next day I went on vacation for a week.

I brought one of the two books for the next exam (there are 7 in this series) with me on vacation. I didnít read much, but I did manage to complete a few chapters of Mastering Windows 2000 Professional. Now that Iím back, I began to study in earnest again.

The first section of the book covers the basics. Itís user-level information. Iíve been using Win2K Pro for almost a year on my personal home computer. The chapters were tedious and covered features that I had already discovered through daily use. As I read, I debated skipping the section. I was attempting to suffer through it just in case I might have missed a little-known feature or an obscure feature that I hadnít used due to my personal activities.

During this mental joust with myself, I continued to read. I heard my mental voice reading as if through gritted teeth. Then, out of nowhere DROPPED a big, hairy sp____. EEEK! It landed with a thud in the middle of the page I was reading.

Little Miss Muffet screamed and tossed the book over the edge of the couch. Then I ran for the can of RAID. I was traumatized. I grabbed a broom and the phone and called my girlfriend. As I whined and complained on the phone, I began spraying the couch, the side of the couch, under the couch, the floor around the couch, the floor around the end table, and the wall beside the bookshelfÖ. Still, I found no sign of the monster.

The book had fallen to the floor completely shut. Could I have been so lucky? I pushed the book away from the couch and opened it with the end of a Swiffer mop. The bare mop has a rubber pad on the bottom, which is convenient for turning pages from a distance. I slowly turned the pages with the RAID can on the tray table next to me.

I finally got to the display settings page. And yes, there was a big black stain on the page I was reading. At least now I know itís not loose in the house.

The book is closed and remains on the floor. Iíve sprayed the outline of both back and front doors and everywhere else I could find to spray. Now if I could only stop myself from constantly looking about the room with suspicion.

Iím skipping the basic section. In fact, Iím skipping the Mastering book altogether.

Posted by BlueWolf on July 10, 2002 11:13 PM