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New fic: Grin and Bear It

Author: everagaby
Title: Grin and Bear It (Woodlake: An Interlude)
Series: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Pairing: Derek/Sarah
Rating: Adult
Warnings: Through the end of Season 1
Notes: I would like to thank my beta, who would prefer to remain anonymous, but does actually exist, and not in an invisible rabbit sort of way.
Summary: Kitten sweaters, town gardens, and Parent Teacher Conferences: Derek Reese’s own personal hell.

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HP, I wish I knew how to quit you.

So HP has Oracle again. Apparently the new hard drive that they sent me might have been the wrong model, or the discs that they sent were wrong. Either way the wireless didn't work, and they had no clue, and so they now have my computer. In addition, they sent me an e-mail saying that they didn't get my old hard drive back (even though I sent it over a week ago) and that they're planning to charge me. For those of you playing along at home, this is the fourth time since November.

This is me, firmly deciding that my next computer is going to be a Mac. And also that I'm going to become a crazy rich billionaire one day who can take down HP, salt the ground that they were built on, and dance and dance and dance on its ashes, and all of it will just be called eccentricity.

What I'm wondering is, did I torture a Ferbi in a past life? Dissect a toaster? Insult a pacemaker's mother? This might end up being some sort of strange fic in the next few weeks. That I will write on paper. And copy. In triplicate.

Also? I need a WTF icon. Donations are welcome.
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This is it.

So, okay, I'm willing to admit that this has not been my year. Between family problems, health problems, and computer problems I'm completely prepared to write off 2008 as bad luck. The truth of the matter is that I'm trying to tough it through, because the one thing I refuse to do is bitch and whine and wait for people to stumble over themselves to pet my hair and make it better. I've made an executive decision to be independent, to take care of myself, and to be stoic in the face of continual disappointment.

Last night I hit a wall. My computer, which has been in and out of repair since November (it's barely over a year old) suffered massive disc failure last night. In short, the hard drive failed. HP is sending me a new hard drive to put in myself which, what the hell people? Also, they do not offer recovery services. I would be fine with all of this, but I have one major problem - my recovery drive has not been updated for over a month. This means that the data that I had on my computer for the show I'm stage managing (over 20 hours of real-time work) is gone. My new resume is gone. All of my photos of May Day, Graduation, Boston, and my time here in San Francisco are gone. I know what you all are saying - this is my fault, I'm the moron who doesn't back everything up immediately, this is karma and you should suck it up and deal. I can't. I have reached a point where I cannot have another thing like this happen to me and just deal with it. I'm tired of brushing off having my computer gutted and returned to me. I'm tired of shaking myself apart worrying about my dead grandmother, my sick uncle, my seizing aunt. I can't be okay with any of this any more.

So I'm asking for help. I'm going to a hard drive recovery place and seeing what they can get off of my laptop before I return the broken drive to HP. The problem is that the price range on doing so is $200 - $2900.
What I want is, honestly, not worth more than $400, but I doubt that I'll be lucky enough for it to be that cheap. I hate asking for stuff, and I don't want to be that greedy bitch expecting hand outs, but I've seen the wonderful things that people on livejournal, and in fandom, are capable of. I know I'm not anyone, and that I'm not a known name, I'm unimportant, but I'm out here by myself in San Francisco, getting paid $250 a week and trying to live off it and every penny counts. I can't ask for money, or for financial help, but I am asking, now, for support in whatever way people are willing to give it.

I just, I need help right now and I'm not sure where I can get it or how. I hate asking, but I've hit my upper limit and I can't keep doing this alone.
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Completely self-centered post

So this time a week from now I'll be eight hours into A.C.T.'s annual Gala. My job for that evening is to herd 65 MFA students and 16 YC (young conservatory) students. If that sounds tedius, then you're probably right. On the plus side, I'll be fed really really good food, while wearing a really really pretty dress, trying not to geek out to overly much in front of our awesome, awesome Gala guests. That said, nothing is scarier than staring down your little black dress for the week leading up to any huge event, especially one where the cost of a table is more than I make in a year, and the guests are the kind of people you see on PerezHilton.com and not getting a latte at your local barrista. Consider me munching on carrots and avoiding chocolate until next Monday.

On to the real reason for this post, I'm hoping to run the Torch 6k next Saturday. The Olympic torch is going to be passing through San Francisco and, because of reasons that are hopefully obvious to everyone keeping up with politics, wherever the torch has been there have been protests and rallies against the current Chinese regime. To quote an article I read recently, "Human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders have reported that after China was awarded with the Olympics, repression has increased, instead of improving, as was the hope when giving the Olympics to China." The conditions are worsening instead of getting better, and rallying around what is supposed to be a symbol of unity, justice, and human rights as it is being sent into communist China may not be the fastest way to send a message that what they're doing needs to stop, but I firmly believe that it's a good start. Unless I have a Gala meeting during that time, and I sincerely hope I don't, I will be strapping on my running shoes and registering for the 6K run/walk happening that afternoon.

Without further ado, I would like to introduce you to someone that hasn't been here for a while:

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This is Mr. Soapbox. I would have given him a funny hat and a grimace, but my graphics skills are just not that good. Now that Mr. Soapbox has been pulled out, I am going to stand on him, wave my hands in an overdramatic fashion and point you towards this website: Global Human Rights Torch Relay.

If you're in the Bay Area, or in any other area that will be seeing the torch soon, or if you're interested in supporting the cause in any way, shape, or form, please click that link. It's not the most informative website, but it does contain links to other sites, as well as information on where the torch has been, and where it is going. It amazes me to see how much support there has been in other countries. It's a cause that should be rallied around, and every person who runs, walks, or helps out makes a difference. Read what they have to say. Attend if you can, and offer support if you can't. Me, I'll be hitting the pavement every day this week so I'm ready for the 6k, and spreading this link like the plague.

Now that I've said my piece, me and Mr. Soapbox will go away now, at least until Saturday.
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Okay, yeah, cracking.

I'm not sure if it's the fog horn that isn't actually a fog horn, because they got rid of that years ago and then the neighborhood petitioned to put something in that sounded exactly like a foghorn because of stupid nostalgia, or if it's Mrs. Lee, my crazy crazy landlady, and her vibrating bed, of it it's the creaking sounds of Jeff, my master tenant, being awake, but OH MY GOD I WANT TO SLEEP SO BAD I'M USING CAPS LOCK AND ITALICS AND BOLDING AND WHY ARE HUMANS THIS DUMB???
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