Tonight I received helpful advice on improving Cowzilla's performance, ate way too much at the Tortilla Factory (OMFG their tamales are HUEG LIKE XBOX) circumnavigated Dulles (thx P) and was browbeaten about sending in a check for COBRA. The upgrade will involve adding 512 MB of RAM (I can hear my father sneering from here) and installing a 100GB hard drive that runs almost twice as fast as my current 40GB drive and is also more energy-efficient and cool running to boot. All this should set me back less than $200, and even with XP Homeko flogging the system along it should still be quite cool and zoomy. This upgrade will also give P a chance to practice her skills with Ghost and get Cowzilla's insides hosed out with canned air, which has not been done since I bought it.
I also left my phone in Ashburn because it was late and I lacked caffeine. Maybe I should carry some Folger's Instant around for occasions like this.
Later today: faxing authorization form to Beltmann (they have the money already, but I said I would), checking out unexpectedly reasonably-priced apartment in Hybla Valley, sending check to the COBRA administrators, and other acts of draining money from my checking account.