The reason for the long phone call was simple: he and his oldest daughter also play Bethesdas' Oblivion. I learned a lot about how to play the PC version of the game. He experienced problems like I did and it was a glitz in the program itself. I learned about recharging my magic stuff by clicking on soul gems, using those gate gems to use also.
Remember, this was for the PC version.
so now, it's glorious Saturday. a day of fun, games and watch out for the freezing rain and falling temps due to another artic front coming this way.
ok, time to start doing something, anything.