So after getting sideswiped by a lightning bolt over the weekend, I think I am mostly back in business. And yes there were surge suppressors on everything.
New PC. Not top of the line gaming, but not too bad. (The old desktop died a while back. The charging circuitry on the notebook seems to have stopped charging.)
New monitor – actually bought 2 to set up the dual monitor system I have had planned for some time.
New desktop speakers – the old pair still worked but picked up a decided (and very annoying) hum.
None of this was in the budget. I’m just glad it didn’t reach the HDTV (though my brother-in-law just got himself a 4K Ultra High Dynamic Range TV which is sweet…) or any of the AV equipment.