My laptop has returned from HP tech support as of Saturday. It seems to turn on and stay that way, so we're collectively excited about the progress, but suspicious that fate will destroy us at the very moment we start to trust and tease our laptop like it is an old friend. (Plus we don't relish the now required 8-12 hours anticipated in re-partitioning, re-installing, re-toilet training, etc).
Also, as a sidenote... it was Darren my roommate's birthday this weekend. We made him some poop.