The ecstasy and the agony

Juxtaposed title with apologies to Irving Stone, amongst others

There is so much shit and grief going on in my life at the moment that I thought I’d write down one – just one – example of ‘good news/bad news’.

Yesterday I won £120.

I don’t normally bet. According to my account at the bookies I’ve placed five bets in the last fourteen months, so it’s safe to say that I’m not what you might call ‘a regular’. I only bet on horses that are related to horses that I own/have owned. That’s my strategy, it’s that simple.

Horses related to my lovely and much-missed Beech have paid for a variety of things from ‘a couple of boxes of cream cakes’ for my colleagues in the office to a new dressage saddle – for Beech! That pot of cash was won by his half-brother. Beech hated dressage so I expect there were some ferrociously stern vibrations travelling back up the equine version of the jungle telegraph on that one.

But I digress.

Yesterday a full cousin to Beech was running in the first race of the Cheltenham festival. I didn’t even look at the odds. I recognised the name – Go Native - went online and slapped a tenner on to win.

Yesterday evening I checked the results and was thrilled for the entire Be My Native line of breeding to see that Go Native had come in at 12/1.

£120! Result!

I offered a big ‘thank you’ to Beech and his relative and shut down my laptop. ‘Windows is installing 1 of 4 updates’ said the message. I thought nothing of it. Until this morning.

Yep, I thought nothing of it until this morning when I tried to start up my laptop.

‘Tried’ as in I wanted it to but it couldn’t be arsed. My diagnosis is that something in Microsoft’s Windows update of last night is conflicting big-time with my AVG antivirus installation.

Cost of repairing this critical problem?


I know I should be grateful that I’m £3 up on the last 24 hours, but this one good news/bad news story really sums up the way my fucking life is going at the moment.

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5 Responses to The ecstasy and the agony

  1. Trixie says:

    Normally happens..doesn’t it? I one hand out the other…you would have been more happy if the comp busted first…THEN you won the money. Same thing, but different…more positive!

  2. Huw says:

    You can only imagine my sense of sinking gloom that, as I read this, there is a window behind it, installing some urgent updates I have been assured are a must-have.

  3. Gumpher says:

    Cracking news on the win, the one’s that come as a’feeling ‘ for whatever reason are the biz.

    Not good on the updates. I always install them, but I also use AVG, so will have some misgivings after your post

  4. Masher says:

    Now you have me worried. When I shut down my laptop yesterday at work, it also installed 4 updates. Wonder if it’ll fire up OK this morning. If it’s just a conflict with AVG, I’ll be alright, as I don’t use it..

    117 quid? You’re being robbed. Try starting up in safe mode and then do a System Restore to a couple of days back. Might work.

  5. Perpetual says:

    £117 to fix??? Outrageous…

    (Did it get fixed okay?)