The Houston Chronicle has dropped Momma and replaced it with Diesel Sweeties.
If you'd told me yesterday they were going to do this, I would have thought you were joking! I didn't even know Diesel Sweeties appeared in print anywhere.
It's sad, though... not sad that they dropped Momma, but sad that I just know some people are going to complain about it. Because every time a paper drops one of these decrepit old dinosaur strips that nobody reads or knows anyone who reads anymore, a few people always come out of the woodwork to write angry letters to the editor comparing the change to, say, bulldozing La Scala in Milan and putting up a mega-Starbucks.
Me, though, I welcome the change! Now if they'd just drop Crock and replace it with Ozy & Millie...
They're building me a custom system with 160 GB drive, which they'll partition for me into 60 GB on C: and 100 GB on D: or E: or whatever letter it ends up being; a CD/DVD burner; 1 GB memory (if I need more, I can get more later); Windows XP Pro; and my old hard drive installed as a slave (and the first thing I'll do is copy everything onto the new drive). This will all cost $938 ($1,015.39 after sales tax), half of which I paid up front.
But I won't get it till Thursday at the earliest, next week at the latest (and if next week, I'll need to pick it up after FC). So I'm still stuck on Mom's computer this week.
Still... yaay new computer!
I admit I haven't been reading Diesel Sweeties, so I don't know what it's like. Still, if they're willing to drop a fossil like Momma, that's not a bad sign. The Chronicle has been going for a fresher, hipper angle lately, sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much.
Other strips the Chronicle has added in recent memory, in descending order of how much I like them:
Pearls Before Swine
Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!
Rhymes With Orange
Spot the Frog
Red & Rover
The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee
Getting more and more used to my new car, who by the way I have decided to name Julia. Julia Toyotha (pronounced "Toyota" with the second 't' aspirated).
At first I was annoyed because there didn't seem to be a place to put my glasses case. In my old car Steve, I slip the case under the wide elastic fabric band wrapped around the sun visor, but Julia's sun visors don't have elastic bands. But today I found it: there's a sort of rigid pocket on the side of the center pedestal of the dash assembly, which holds my glasses case nicely.
There's another pocket on the other side of the pedestal, which contains the AUX jack for plugging in an iPod, in case I ever get one or give a lift to someone who has one.
Also, the cup holder isn't big enough to fit a bottle like Steve's is, but I found where to put my bottle: in the bottle-holder section of the door pocket. The instruction manual says not to put an open bottle there, because it might spill when opening and closing the door. But that's not an issue while I'm driving! Thus, I can take sips of water at stoplights like I've always done in Steve.
I had a confusing moment at the... ART STOOOORRRE! I bought a piece of foamcore board and I wanted to put it in the trunk... but I couldn't open the trunk with the key! Turns out there are two different kinds of keys: a master key that does everything, and a sub key that does everything except open the trunk. I had to read the manual to figure that out, but once I did I swapped 'em (fortunately I had one of the master keys with me, on the valet keyring in my coin purse).
I can't wait to get my new computer, reinstall Photoshop, and put a face on Julia!