Pre-Alpha Check list :
- Pay Power Bill... a real pain, but consequences of Alpha cut-off too horrible to contemplate (Don't forget .... thank the Judge for his patience)
- Don't pay the Phone Bill, stop's those annoying calls from the Real World
- Curse as you lose Internet Access - damn Phone Company - sign up for Satellite link
- Ring mortgage company to finance Satellite Bill
- Spring clean house, you need to avoid the wife going nuts with the hoover just on the point of zapping Planet Zargon after 5 false starts
- Stock up on the Valium (or Blue Bombers, whatever takes your fancy), essential survival aid after 3 consecutive all-night Alpha mayhem sessions
- Erect Exclusion Zone Fence around house with Keep Out Sign, and warn neighbours its going to go down as anti-social if they dare ring door bell
- Hire guard dog to run lose inside the zone for those who cant read .... and try to ring door bell
- Pay Lawyer retainer for "Dog Bites Neighbour" court case
- Ring Mortgage company (again) to finance the court case
- Send wife on the long delayed duty visit to Mum, ensure its a minimum of a week, preferably two
- Phone in sick with flu to cover the two weeks, pay Doc the bribe
- Clean PC from dust bunnies, setup the coffee machine in the Study, say a few Prayers to make up for not going on Sunday.
Think that covers most of main items ..... unless you can think of a few I forgot .......