after work i accompanied eliza to brookline, where she was trying to buy a used computer monitor. i came along to make sure she wouldn't get screwed. she drove, my first time ever being in her car. like me, she reverts to the third person and narrates her driving when she's stressed. after a little bit of searching, we found the apartment, 20 minutes early. the monitor turned out to be pretty good, despite the fact that it was a generic brand. for that price though, it was a steal, and i told eliza that if she didn't get it, i'd be tempted to buy it myself. buying anything used is such a shady proposition, almost like a cinematic drug deal. both the buyer and the seller are suspicious of one another, and when they both meet, both parties are sizing one another up. i was eliza's backup in case the deal went sour. the guy she was buying from was working solo, although he did have a photo of a pair of butterfly knives on his computer desktop, sort of like a warning to prospective jackers that "i'm a fan of knives and i just might stab you if you try anything." once the transaction was completed, we left, and i was amazed the guy remembered my name, even though i totally forgot his (um...was it dude?). must be a doctor thing he picked up in school, he was a tufts medical student in training. he also advertised a 19" television but it got sold an hour before we arrived. he was a cat owner, his feline coming out to check on the commotion. later i discovered eliza wanted to steal the cat, and i would've willingly tackled the guy so she could make a clean break for the door. alas, we got our signals crossed, so it didn't happen. afterwards, eliza was kind enough to drive me all the way home in the pouring rain back to belmont.
after dinner, i spent some more quality time killing nazis in return to castle wolfenstein. i'm on the 3rd stage of the first mission, the one with the ski lift. i received a rain of bullets as i tried to rambo charge my way into an enemy stronghold. i'm ready for more action. gaming addiction on.
perhaps inspired buy all this recent buying, i bought something online tonight from other world computing: bare 60gb ibm deskstar 120gxp 7200rpm 8.5ms 2mb cache ata/133. 3yr ibm warranty for those of you who can't read that, it's a 60gb internal hard drive that i scored for about $100. originally it was for my father (one of the drives on his legacy 7500 is slowly dying), but he suggested i swap out the 10gb in my G4 and give it to him in exchange for the new 60gb drive that'll be arriving at the end of the week.