That unknown factor. I always sort of liked algebra; I liked looking for the unknown.
Not much for X, I know, but I promise you I just read my dictionary's entries for X, and that's the best I can do.
Yesterday there was a bit of an x factor when my beloved Averatec laptop died on me. Kaput. One minute we were happily, nay merrily, getting along. The next minute Phineas's screen went black. After letting him rest for a while, I tried him again to no avail. We visited the Geek Squad and learned that it was over for Phineas. The cost of repair was too much to not consider buying a new computer, which is what I did. As a person who researches for weeks before making a big purchase, this was nerve wracking. I spent quite some time reviewing my options and settled on a Sony Vaio. I pick him up in a few hours, and I swear that today I begin a new regimine of backing up my data. It was a scary afternoon, and I'm hoping the nice young man at the Geek Squad is able to retrieve all of the data Phineas was holding for me.
I purchased Phineas the summer before I started graduate school. I really wanted him to be there when I finished. He's travelled all over with me and entertained me endlessly. I can't quite believe he's gone.