I worked for a public entity and any work travel to Las Vegas wasn't allowed (I guess thanks to previous people not having control). Maybe your employer is trying to work with you within that restriction as well.
The battery on my wifes Honda Civic 'went bad', whatever that means. I didn't care about the specifics, but a light came on on the dashboard, we took it in, they said the battery needed to be replaced. It had failed with less than 1,000 miles left on it's warranty. I can't even begin to tell you how much I would have RAGED if it waited a little longer to fail and we were in for thousands of dollars for a replacement. Of course, the new battery doesn't come with a new warranty, but they 'assured' us it will never fail, 'battery technology has improved a lot in the past several years'...yeah, probably true, but we'll see.
Comparing her Civic Hybrid to my Jetta TDI (Diesel)...I just really don't see the point in the Hybrid. Really seems like a whole lot of additional complexity for not much of an improvement in other regards.
Within the subset of people interested in buying a NEW car, there are those that weigh their purchase on 'green' considerations, rather than the biggest and baddest polluter they can find. MORE green is still better than LESS green.
It's like when I get a Diet Coke with my Chipotle Burrito, someone said to me, why bother? Whaaaat? Because 1100 calories is better than 1800 calories, that's why bother.
It's not like there's suddenly some arbitrary value of 'greenness' you suddenly pass that makes you a REAL 'greener'. More green is more green. Are there even MORE BETTERER GREENER decisions you could make? Sure, but that doesn't somehow make your current decision LESS green.
As a big Raymond E. Feist fan, that game was just the ultimate child geek experience for me. I still remember that awesome spell you could cast that would make sweet nectar sweat out your enemies pores and swarms of fairies would come and bite them to death. I had pages of trial-and-error letter lists for the lockboxes with riddles I couldn't figure out. LOVED that game.
I was really interested in Darklands, but as a child I didn't 'get it' and so ended up in difficult situations and dying all the time, so I lost interest.
Starflight was huge, don't remember the game much, but remember the annoying decoder wheel you had to use to play it, hehe.
I was also a big fan of Sentinel Worlds, I can still hum some of the music.
For RTSs, I cut my teeth on Dune 2 and C&C. I bought my first sound card for Dune 2, and I remember the amazement when I heard that 'high quality' sound coming out of my PC. C&C was even my first real 'online' game (aside from BBSs), as you could use your modem to dial up and connect to another C&C user and fight head-to-head.
I also fondly remember every single Sierra game, that company put out some awesomely fun stuff until it went all point-and-click. I learned to type on those games (and their non-Sierra text-only precursors). I still type faster than anyone I know (though it helps being a Linux admin keeps those skills sharp). I remember trying to play Leisure Suit Larry and always had to ask my parents to help me answer the questions you had to answer to prove you were an adult and could play the game. I thought they were serious content protections, so I always thought I was doing something so naughty. Of course it was just a joke, but I didn't know that. The Space Quest series was hilarious.
Pretty much all of the classic TSR 'gold box' D&D games were great experiences. For some reason I recall not really getting into 'The Curse of the Azure Bonds' though, can't recall why.
Something about Omikron: The Nomad Soul really drew me in, too, though it's not nearly as old as many of these games, it's just one I don't ever hear anyone else talk about. I don't know what it is, but I got REALLY into that game.