I probably should have thought of this, but CPUs that fit my motherboard are no longer made. So, either I replace my motherboard, or try to get a replacement CPU on ebay. The money to pay for all this got sent off as an RRSP contribution on Tuesday, irritatingly enough, so I am going to try the ebay route first. The main downside to this is that it leaves me with no access to my store of music, and without a place to work on my digital art. The latter I might address by setting up my tablet on my laptop. We shall see how well that works.
In the plus column, the Summerhill LCBO had Pernod Absinthe, which thus far is at least not terrible tasting.