Archive for October, 2006


October 31, 2006

I had scheduled an online payment for my credit card to be taken from my checking account yesterday. As of today it had not shown up–which is not unheard of–but the credit card company’s website showed me being charged a $39 late fee.

So I got on the horn, and after rummaging around in her system for a while, the very nice phone rep told me she had an e-mail in front of her alerting all reps that all customers’ online payments for yesterday had been accidentally erased.

Nice of them to tell the customers that too. I wonder how many people will not notice, and just pay the fee?

The rep took my payment over the phone and assured me she would reverse the late charge. We shall see.


They Don’t Call Him Captain Tightpants For Nothing.

October 31, 2006

Long story a whole lot shorter, I opened a account so I could keep an eye on what my nieces are doing.

A few days ago my niece who inherited the family warped sense of humor posted a comment on my page that consisted mostly of this:

Whoa. That boy’s packing heat. Or something.

For those of you who have been living on a different planet… that’s Nathan Fillion as Malcolm Reynolds in the movie “Serenity.”

Now, you must excuse me while I roll my tongue back into my mouth and mop the drool up off the floor. . . .


October 30, 2006

Our office phone system has been out since the middle of Friday. So if you’re trying to call me at work and can’t get through, that’s why. Either e-mail me, call me on my cell phone, or call me at home later.

And if you don’t have my phone numbers, you’re not supposed to be calling me. 😉

Worse Yet

October 29, 2006

Remember the young woman with the three kids and the live-in boyfriend 260 pounds of useless fat?

Her house finally went into foreclosure and she was forced to move to an apartment. She isn’t going to make it there, either; she cannot live within what little means she has, and with a disabled toddler to care for, she can’t exactly go out and find a job.

The other day the boyfriend 260 pounds of useless fat asked her, doesn’t she get alimony and child support from the ex-husband? She said, yes she does.

Then he had the nerve to ask her where that money is going, and why is she so broke.

She told him she uses it to pay the rent, car payment, insurance, food. Oh, and to keep a roof over his lazy arse and the plasma TV he rode in on.

Interestingly enough, he brings in just enough money to see to it that the cable bill is paid every month–but shows no interest in helping with any other bills.

Meanwhile, the ex-husband (who left her for another woman) has done something so terminally stupid, he is very likely to lose his job–and there will go the alimony and child support. (Apparently he had an affair with a co-worker, or something like that.)

The betting pool is now open as to how long it’s going to take her to finally toss the boyfriend 260 pounds of useless fat and his plasma TV out of her life.

After that, there will be another betting pool– on how long it will be before she hooks up with the next useless jerk.

Movie Recommendation

October 28, 2006

Keeping Mum, starting Rowan Atkinson, Kristen Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, and Patrick Swayze as an incredibly sleazoid horn-dog golf instructor.

I saw it yesterday in an art house theater with Lil’ Sis–and as soon as I got home, I hunted down a copy on DVD from the Amazon UK “Marketplace.” I got an e-mail this morning–the vendor has already shipped it by airmail, so I should get it fairly soon. Her ad claimed it to be a region 1 DVD, but even if not, regular readers of this blog will know that my DVD player has been modified to be region-free.

Why the UK? Well, the movie has not yet been released on DVD on this side of the pond!

Go see this movie if it’s playing anywhere near you. It will help if you have a very twisted sense of humor. 😉

In Real Life, It’s Gone Now…

October 28, 2006

… but still visible on the Google satellite photo.

I do not have to point out the old high school swimming pool, do I?

The circled building is the band room, home away from home for me and a couple of this blog’s regular readers.

For those who care… the new pool construction site looked like this a month ago:

If I am not mistaken, the photographer was facing east when the picture was taken.

If memory serves, the old pool was 25 yards long. The new pool will be 40 meters long by 25 yards wide, so it will fill the entire space taken up by the old pools and a whole lot more.

And all of this plus 50 cents will buy you today’s newspaper.

In The Mail

October 24, 2006

My old high school is soliciting donations to help rebuild the swimming pool.

For just $300 I can have a tile engraved with whatever message that will fit, to be built into the new Bob Walthour pool.

I debated, and then decided that there was not room enough on the tile to state that Bob Walthour bloody near drowned me in the old pool in 1969, when I was assigned to his third-period P.E. class. So I believe I will pass.

If they were selling tiles in a new and improved band room… now that I could buy into.

Thanks, I Think.

October 16, 2006

Got paid a nice back-handed compliment over the weekend.

Dragged neighbor Howard down the coast on a tourist trek. I told him since he’s the rubbernecking tourist and I’ve seen it all a hundred times, I would drive, and he said okay.

At the end of the trip he said, realizing that it would sound kind of funny, “You don’t drive like a woman.”

Thanks. I think.

Public Service Announcement

October 11, 2006

Ith’s blog comments are now working again.

So y’all get on over there and say something nice to her, y’hear?

Yet Another Semi-Useless Quiz

October 9, 2006

We report, you decide. Remember, you heard it here first.

What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have?

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence

You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convincing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.