The monitor “sparked” at 2:00 A.M.

I can’t sleep.  I just can’t sleep.

Okay, maybe I can get up, write my blog post, putter around on social media, all that.

I check my desktop computer.  Monitor’s dark.

No problem, I’ll wiggle my mouse, the screen saver should activate in three … two … two … two …

Well, that’s not good.

I then check to see if all the connections were solid.  They were.  And I was able to get monitor working – for all of two seconds.  Then it shut down.

I tried to restart it.  Two seconds, shut down.

I jiggled some wires in the back.  Two seconds, shut down.

Let me see what I can –

BZZT

That sound you heard was some sort of spark that surged through my monitor.  This screen is toast.

Ugh.  And I’ve had that monitor for over a decade now.  In fact, I had that piece for so many years, I actually had to get a special HDMI adapter cable just to make it work with my current desktop tower.

Nuts.

Okay, now I REALLY can’t sleep.

So, after writing my blog post on my laptop computer (I have two computers, one for portability), I tried to sleep.

No dice.

Okay, the only way I’m going to feel better is if I buy a new monitor.

Nothing like making a 7:00 A.M. trip to church.  And by “church,” I mean Walmart.

They had monitors there, and – oh, look, here’s a Samsung 27″ CURVED monitor for gaming enthusiasts.  You know what?  Screw it.  I’m buying it.  I’ll count it as a business expense.  If it’s fast enough to play Solitaire, I’m good with it.

I’m looking on the side of the package, and there’s no indication as to whether I need to purchase an additional HDMI cable or not.  Walmart employee walks by.  “Excuse me,” I said.

He looked at me.

“Do you know if this monitor comes with an HDMI cable?”

“Not my department,” he grumbled, and pointed to a woman in the back of the store.

Fine.  I don’t expect EVERY Walmart employee to know everything.

I walk over.  “Excuse me.”

She looked up.

“Do you know if this monitor comes with an HDMI cable?”

“No, they don’t,” she said.  “You have to buy an HDMI cable over at Aisle 3.”

Good thing I asked.

Total amount of damage – $185 for the monitor and the HDMI cable.

Back home I go.  I took the bricked monitor out, attached the stand to the new monitor, and plugged in all the necessary wires to the new monitor.  Oh, how nice, that 27″ curved frame fits perfectly into my computer desktop hutch.

I checked the box to see if there was anything I missed …

And there it was.  An HDMI wire.  It was in the box all along, I didn’t need to purchase one.

Well, since I didn’t open the auxiliary HDMI package – and I did save the receipt – I’ll return the cable to Wally World in a day or two.

As for the new monitor … damn, this screen is big and it’s bright.  You know that thing where your parents beefed at you for sitting so close to the TV set on Saturday morning?   This is some seriously large screenage.  And the curved screen does give me some nice visual balance.

Now I’ll just wait for an electronics recycling day to drop off this old, burnt-out monitor, so it can get skimmed for its components.

Yeah, I really didn’t need to be spending $185 like that.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful that I had the funds available, this is part of saving for a rainy day.

Now I just have to work ALL THAT HARDER to make up that $185 deficit.  And to replenish what was depleted from my Rainy Day account.