Okay!  New computer is *finally* up and running… final bit came yesterday, and I was able to actually draw without the darn thing crashing on me.  I have been fighting the old hardware for months, and this is so much better… and you know what?  Without the constant spector of breakdown, drawing was fun again.  Go figure…

The new machine isn’t going to win any spec wars.  I bought a Dell XPS 8700 with the speediest i7 I could find, and when it arrived, I added a LOT more storage, more ram and a new graphics card.  It now sports 16gb, 3 tb internal storage, and a gtx 770 (because I loves me gaming too).  I used to build these things from scratch, but I found, in the end, it’s cheaper to buy a base system and then build it up to spec.  You should have seen the video card it came with… a GT 635… so very tiny!  I’m pretty sure it could handle solitaire, but that’s about it…

So, the ABQ trip was interesting… clean, but kinda run down downtown… stayed adjacent to “the Plaza”… place rolls up the sidewalks at 5pm… police shot an unarmed homeless guy for sleeping in the foothills… protests and riots ensued… overall, I’d give it a pass.  The Biopark was nice, though, but man, I can not stress this enough, that town is obsessed with Breaking Bad.

Speaking of obsession with a TV show, and as a way of catching up, I’d like to take a moment to discuss the ending of How I Met Your Mother (spoiler alert).  I watched it with Laurie , and like the rest of the internet, we were pissed at the ending…

…but then I watched it again later… just to be sure.  Maybe it’s my day job where cancer cells pass through my hands EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. or maybe I’ve just seen one to many family and friend succumb to it, but cancer happens…  It’s a mean little disease, and it doesn’t care if you’ve met your soulmate.  It simply grows.  So, she died.  But they had a good number of years together… They got to enjoy each other…

So, I don’t know… I’m not so much pissed with how they ended it, but rather disappointed how the last season was handled.  Instead of spending the entire season at the wedding watching all of the characters (except possibly Ted) become caricatures of the persona they had been, we could have dispensed with the wedding in the first episode or two and spent the rest of the season seeing some of Tracy and Ted’s life together.  We could have been given the chance to bond with her, perhaps to deal with the illness with them… it could have meant something instead of feeling like a simple switcheroo.  I don’t know… like I said… disappointed.

As per Ted and Robin getting together… well, the kids were right… the entire series really was the Ted and Robin story… to see all that he went through… to have found his ideal… and lost her… to be able to go and steal that french horn one last time… well… It’s Ted Mosby… and it’s good to see he made it through.

Tuesday, if you haven’t seen Captain America, go see it.  I want to talk about it!