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01 November, 2008
I honestly was having a hard time believing that this was NOT a SNL sketch.
Bill O'Reilly, actually (sort of) defending Barack Obama? The souls in hell better grab a sweater: I think it's about to get quite chilly down there.
30 March, 2008
The grand experiment is over. After 4-1/2 years, I have cable TV hooked up in my apartment again. I realized that there was just no way I was going to be able to wait until Battlestar Galactica's fourth and final season came out on DVD and hope I could find them online somewhere in the meantime. So, since basic cable (with the Sci-Fi channel) is paid for by the landlord, I went down and got a converter box (my c.1983/4 television isn't cable-ready).
It was a real trip trying to get everything set up so that I could watch TV or DVDs without having to unhook the TV from one box and hook it back up to another. As it turns out, my VCR is the central character in pulling that all together. Until I, in desperation, hooked the converter box to the VCR and the VCR to the RF Modulator (needed to get the DVD to work), I was at a complete and frustrating loss. I still can't get the VCR to work in video mode (so I still can't change the clock on it), but I can easily enough go between cable and DVD, so I'm calling it good.
I watched my first hockey game in two or three years (I still hate the NY Rangers). And I'm not going to be available on Friday nights for the next few months. After 4-1/2 years, there STILL isn't much good on TV and the commercials have gotten even worse. So perhaps the experiment is only partially over, since the TV still pretty much stays off. I'm still happier listening to NPR or my iTunes library and reading.
21 March, 2008
Evidently I share a birthday with K-Fed. This amuses me.
17 March, 2008
It's pretty much as horrible as I feared it would be.
10 March, 2008
So with the cold/cough/sore throat keeping me up part of the night and the general assyness that is Daylight Savings Time, I also seem to have developed some sort of irritation in my right eye that rendered it all red with glop in/around it. Which can only mean that this morning was the time for:
DRIVER'S LICENSE RENEWAL!
WhoaYeah. That photo is almost certainly going to go down as the most craptacular driver's license photo I've ever had taken (one which I'll be stuck with for the next 10-15 years, thankyouverymuchpleasekillmenowkthxbye), if not the fugliest DL photo in the history of DL photography.
So I've decided to start a grass-roots effort aimed at gathering signatures to get a measure on the ballot allowing people to Photoshop their license photos BEFORE THEY'RE LAMINATED FOR POSTERITY.
Who's with me?
28 January, 2008
For some reason, whenever I see the abbreviation for State of the Union, my brain reinterprets SOTU to STFU. I suppose it's because I can't stand to hear King George speak (oh, the rage just a few syllables of the bullshit he spews provokes) and my brain is actually screaming at him to STFU.
So there it is then. Did any of you watch/listen to King George's STFU address?
10 September, 2007
1: Enough with all the talk about Britney Spears' "paunch" already! Maybe her performance at the MTV VMA left much to be desired, but, seriously, how many of you people ripping her for having a tummy would look ripped after having TWO BABIES?
(UPDATE: OK I've finally seen the photos from the VMAs. SHE'S NOT FAT!!! Anyone who says she is really needs to get therapy.)
2: Regarding Kyla Ebbert, the young woman who was just about booted off of a Southwest Airlines flight for looking a little to hawt: WHAT THE FUCK DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE THAT SHE WORKS AT HOOTERS? Would it be as important if she worked at, say, Denny's? Or in some office somewhere?
For Frack's Sake!
28 August, 2007
I'm in the kitchen at work, picking through a bag of trail mix, selecting the pieces of dried fruit that I like. (The nuts in the mix always seem stale to me because they've absorbed moisture from the fruit despite the fact that it's "dried" fruit. But I digress.)
My boss: "It doesn't do any good; there's always way more of the ones you don't want in there."
Me: "Wow, in that one sentence, you've described my entire love life!"
15 August, 2007
...the light was gorgeous riding the ferry home. Unfortunately, I'm too fried to download and process the shots I took.
21 July, 2007
A highway in southern California has had to be shut down due to road work rage.
The first sign things were going to turn ugly was after the transportation department allowed drivers to use the highway only during rush hour last summer, with traffic flowing in one direction at a time and creeping along behind escort vehicles.
One person called and said he would climb a water tower and shoot workers. Next came angry exchanges, with one driver tossing a burrito at a construction worker. Vandals tore down barricades and construction equipment was stolen, and authorities threatened to shut down the highway.
You'd think that if CalTrans was threatening to shut down the highway altogether that people would get a clue and dial back the road rage a bit. You'd be wrong:
Last September, Charles Fenn was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon on allegations that he clipped a flagman with his vehicle on his way home to Wrightwood. When authorities finally caught up with him at his house, they noticed he had shaved off his mustache, said CHP Officer Jeff Perez.
"I'm the victim," Fenn maintained in a brief phone interview, declining to comment further. His criminal case is pending and he's been sued by the flagman. Fenn has he pleaded not guilty.
I got news for you, Charlie: When you're in a construction zone, it is incumbent upon YOU to maintain control of your vehicle so that you don't run down (or clip) a construction worker. END OF STORY!
After another worker was shot in the leg by a BB gun--and citing the need to expand the construction zone--the state followed up on its threat to shut down the highway until the project is complete.
Thankfully, not everyone who has been seriously inconvenienced by the project has felt compelled to behave like an utter asshat:
Samantha Frager, 18, said she used to commute to her job at a Mexican restaurant in Wrightwood from nearby Phelan and had to leave about 30 minutes early because of construction delays.
"It's been more of an irritation, a hassle, more than anything," said Frager, who now lives in Wrightwood but had to pick up a second job so she could pay her rent.
Tony Albers had to tack on an extra 10 to 15 minutes to his 60 mile commute to a heating and air conditioner distributorship near Los Angeles. He worries about safety on a two-lane road that serves as an alternate route this summer.
"The extra drivers make it dangerous," said Albers, 41. "In the end it's going to be worth having these delays to have a better highway."
Testimony to how much easier it is to get your work done when PEOPLE LEAVE YOU THE FUCK ALONE SO YOU CAN DO YOUR JOB, the contractor working on this project expects to have it completed on September 11--two weeks ahead of schedule.
05 July, 2007
So for the past 2-3 weeks I've noticed we've had some Coast Guard officers on board the ferry in the morning. It seemed unlikely that they were simply commuting to work because they were packing heat. And then this week we've had a bomb-sniffing dog give us the once-over before we headed down the dock on Monday and again today.
I'm really not that terribly bothered by it, except for the fact that the doggie is so gorgeous and so young and eager that I've had to really fight my inner child's demand to go, "Puppieeeeeee! Wheeeeeeeeeeee!" and throw my arms around her! Also I'm unsure of trying to take a photo of her (though I really want to). If she's back again I may ask the officers that handle her, though I'd completely understand if they didn't want me to take her picture.
Strange days indeed.
You might want to reconsider how you choose to defend your boss, The Decider's commutation of Scooter Libby's prison sentence:
"Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has scheduled hearings Wednesday on Bush's commutation of Libby's 2 1/2-year sentence.
"Well, fine, knock himself out," Snow said of Conyers. "I mean, perfectly happy. And while he's at it, why doesn't he look at January 20th, 2001?"
In the closing hours of his presidency, Clinton pardoned 140 people, including fugitive financier Marc Rich."
Um, Ton, hon, do you remember who used to represent Marc Rich?
20 June, 2007
I don't know what the heck the workmen are doing on the floor below us but, whatever it is, it makes the building sound as if it has developed severe gastrointestinal distress.
08 June, 2007
Wife: Yes, actually, it is rather obnoxious that you frequently jump the queue, even if it is to stand next to your husband. Why not travel to the ferry terminal together? Or, if that is not possible, bring a book to read in line so that you might be able to tolerably pass those ten minutes in line not tethered to your husband.
Aggrieved Woman: I sympathise with you not appreciating people cutting in front of you, to a point. If Wife's cutting really hindered the ability of the rest of us to board the ferry then your point about her "stealing (your and the people behind you's) time" is valid. However, I've observed you over the last several months and notice that you choose to spend an inordinate amount of your time complaining that Wife cuts in front of you (and, yes, the other four people) or that some other woman didn't scootch over far enough on the bench for your convenience, or any number of things that your fellow passengers don't do to make YOUR trip more enjoyable. And, you know, that's cool 'cos it's your time and if that's how you want to spend it then, fine (just don't be put off if other people choose to spend THEIR time not catering to your every demand). And, really, if losing a couple of seconds out of your morning because you have ONE MORE PERSON to follow down the dock is the worst thing that happens to you today, then I'd say you've had a damn fine day!
Husband: Dude. Please tell me you weren't on the debate team in school! Really, you should have stopped at, "my wife can stand here with me if she wants to!" But you had to follow up with, "You're just an annoying little gnat!"??? Jeebus, dude, it's a commuter ferry dock, not a schoolyard! You'll never win an argument with an ad hominem: However, if your goal was to sound silly, congratulations.
But thank you all for providing a nice, comedic break to everyone's morning!
07 June, 2007
My humble little domain is now blocked in China.
edited to add: I wonder if it's a "technical" issue as I've tried a couple of domains that China shouldn't even show up on their radar and they come up as blocked, too. I'll check it again in a few days, if I've a mind to...
17 May, 2007
(*if you ride your bike to the ferry) I hope to never see THAT MUCH SPANDEX IN ONE SMALL ROOM again.
01 May, 2007
Screeching "Mooooorrrissey!" at the end of every song the opening act plays is so assy. If you can't shut up and listen to the band (who knows? You might actually enjoy their music and want to hear more!) then at least be polite enough to leave the theatre. Go enjoy a drink or two in the lobby, visit the loo, talk on your cell phone. Your idiocy is not only an insult to the band on stage, but also an insult to the other people in the theatre and to Morrissey, since I'm guessing he has Kristeen Young opening for him because HE LIKES HER MUSIC.
*Is it ass hats or asshats? Or ass-hats? **shrug**
18 April, 2007
Someone, evidently in Dallas, Texas, came to my site based on a search on Male Ass Grooming.
17 April, 2007
My job is, essentially, customer service. I've learned over the years that there are people who think they can argue their point enough times that it will suddenly become true. Every time I remind them of why their point is NOT true and why it hasn't been true the last 15 times they argued it and how it is most likely that it will not be true, EVER. I've also learned that when they toss out phrases like, "I don't mean to be rude, but..." or, "It's nothing personal, but..." that means THEY know they've lost the argument, but they're gonna take one last swing before hanging up. Or that they know they've lost the argument with ME, but they'll demand to speak to Someone Else in the hopes of convincing Someone Else that THEY are right and the CSR is wrong.
If you are one of those people who are embroiled in an argument with a Customer Service Rep and you know you're not gonna win your argument and you choose the "I wanna speak to your supervisor" route, you should know that if the CSR cheerfully agrees to that and immediately connects you, you're most likely toast. The Supervisor is gonna tell you the same thing the CSR just told you. (In fact it was most likely the supervisor who drummed the policy into the CSR's head in the first place!)
Have a nice day!
04 April, 2007
I don't have to answer a Single. Bloody. Telephone. W00T!
(p.s. so, those of you who have my number and are trying to phone me...leave a message, I will check VM. kthx)
14 March, 2007
Have you hugged a Math Geek today?
12 March, 2007
I might be slightly less bitter about the idiocy that is Daylight Saving Time if we were to Spring Forward at, oh let's say 3:00p.m. on Monday instead of having an hour ripped out of MY weekend.
28 February, 2007
According to The Great Firewall of China, my site is not blocked in China.