Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Cautiously optimistic

The 360 returned home today. It’s not a new one, but it seems to work…so far. A friend of mine had one crap out on him within days after getting it repaired, so let’s just say I’m not putting on the custom faceplate just yet. It’s great to be back in business, but I’m waiting for those horrible three red lights to start blinking. In about a week or so, if there’s no incident and everything is running, I’ll be a happy guy.

Me waiting anxiously for a mail delivery is nothing new. Usually, I’m waiting for a check or an edited manuscript or cover samples, but this time it was for my little Ivory (white 360). Ebony (black original Xbox) has been doing great, but it’s not the same. The funny thing was when the UPS guy finally did show, he knew exactly what he was delivering even though there’s no obvious markings on the box. He handed me that signing pad thing and said, “I bet you’re glad to have this back.”
“Oh yeah,” I replied.
“I’ve been delivering a lot of these. Must have been a power surge or something.”

Have this back? Power surge? He knew there was a repaired 360 in that box! Wow. That’s a good wake-up call for any Microsoft people reading this. Then again, if you don’t know about the design flaws in the 360 by now, you’ve got much bigger issues.

Oh well. I’m happy Ivory is back. Hoping it’s been fixed up properly. Getting back to Ninja Gaiden 2, GTA 4, Call of Duty….ok, now I’m REALLY getting anxious.

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I'm Marcus Pelegrimas, author of the SKINNERS series. Here you'll find various ramblings about movies, video games, TV, and...oh yeah...those books I write. If there's anything you'd like to discuss, just let me know. I try to update whenever the mood strikes me, so feel free to leave comments. There may be some occasional foul language, but anyone who's too easily offended probably doesn't read my stuff anyway.

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