Monday, November 28, 2005

Hiatus over!

Wow, time sure did fly by! I want to thank everybody for the words of support while I was gone. they meant a lot.

I finally got the new look tweeked the way I've always wanted. I twisted the hue in the header picture almost 1 degree to achieve the blue that I've always seen in my mind.

Anyway, the reason I cam out of hiatus was so I could share a link that wasted almost all of my time while I was away. The games at Orisinal : Morning Sunshine are kind of quirky but plenty addictive.

I liked milking the cows the best.


I'll be taking a break for a while so the 2 of you who actually come here on purpose will have to do with the archive.

When I come back I'll have a whole new look here and maybe even content!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Saturday shopping

filed under:fashion

It's starting to get cold here, Winter has finally come. What I mean by that is that it's getting down to 40ish and only up to 75 in the afternoon.

To celebrate we went shopping to get a better coat for the boy and some shirts for myself.

The boy is hovering around 6'1" at 14 and has outgrown his heavy coat, so with the weather turning we really needed to get him some warm outer wear. First stop was Academy where we found a tough fabric jacket for the boy that felt very warm and a couple of shirts for me. The wife wasn't content so we went to Burlington Coat Factory to "look for more coats" which translates into "look at purses".

I'd been looking for a new coat for a while and went in to leathers just to kill time while Mary looked at purses. After a couple of minutes I found this coat for $129. Tried it on and got it. At first I was feeling a little guilty, a hold over reaction from when we were dirt poor. This is the most expensive article of clothing that I ever owned and even though we can easily afford it now I feel like I'm spending money we don't have.

We also found a really kick ass, fake leather jacket for the boy for only $20 so the other jacket is going back tomorrow.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

More things

filed under:things

The Vistacruiser needs more TLC than I've been giving.

Today I was on the highway and the VC's alternator belt frayed and threw some bits off after flapping about putting wholes in the air intake duct thingy. I pulled over as soon as possible and checked it out and was way surprised that the belt was still intact.

I limped back to work and started calling about for a replacement. You'd think that in a city with a population of 1mil+ that someplace would have the belt. WRONG! The soonest I can get it is Friday morning. GRRR!

So I'll get it tomorrow then install after work, then it goes in the shop next week for the clutch jobby.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


filed under:things

The clutch is going out on the Vista Cruiser which caused me notice how much we take things for granted. Like being able to back out of a parking spot at the icehouse. Like not having people stare at you when wrench your transmission into R. Like not having to throw down $1200 on a clutch job due to the age of your ride and the labor involved.

OT, I think I may have found a replacement for the table we're using as a computer table desk. The 4 shelves for a 2 printers and crap are a plus. The table we're using now was made Mary's grandfather by hand so we have an attachment to it, but it can easily be re-tasked, maybe as a work station for me. Found it at Target but it's $200.

I need to do something to get some cash.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Well, if I wasn't scared before...

filed under:flu plan

Even after hearing all of the news about the coming avian flu pandemic I was still not worried. Concerned yes, but not worried.

That was until I stumbled across this article from Reuters about the U.S.'s plan for dealing with a avian flu pandemic. It also had the handy link to "The official U.S. government Web site for information on pandemic flu and avian influenza." To say that we are unprepared is a gross understatement. has PDFs with everything you'd like to know about the government's publicly released plans for dealing with the possible pandemic.

From what I can tell it doesn't appear like there will be much we can do.

It is unlikely that there will be sufficient personnel, equipment, and supplies to respond adequately to multiple areas of the country for a sustained period of time.

In the absence of intervention, it is estimated that 1.9 million Americans could die and almost 10 million could be hospitalized over the course of the pandemic, which may evolve over a year or more.

And while that seems bad enough, worst case scenarios are more ominous.

...mass casualties and deaths among children... economic collapse or acute shortages of food, water, electricity, or other essential services...

So in short, things could get pretty bad.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Clients are teh suck!

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Working with clients is always an adventure. Most of the time things work out, but this week...

I was supposed to have a shoot for Client "A" yesterday morning but it got cancelled. Luckily I called him Tuesday morning to double-triple confirm the shoot but he wasn't in, so I left him a message to call me at the station on his cell. Of course he didn't call back so I called him throughout the afternoon. When I finally got him at 6pm he cancelled the shoot. When I asked him when he was going to tell me since the shoot was the next morning he tried to play it off as no big deal, until I told him that I would've had to charge him $500.

Today I had to move a shoot for tomorrow morning to Friday morning because the client didn't do his part of the job. Since we have really low prices we don't provide "talent/actors" or locations for commercials; that bit is up to the client to provide. Since this client is the "talent" for his spot, all he needed to find was the location which in this case is a swimming pool. He claimed he couldn't find a pool for the spot. He had 2 weeks to find a pool but he said "I can't find one". I just started laughing because HE FUCKING HAS A POOL AT BOTH OF HIS HOUSES! That's right, 2 pools and 2 houses and he couldn't find even one. I didn't bust him but he knew that I knew he was full of shit. So I moved the shoot.

The one commercial that went through this week was from the neediest client I've ever had. The client is in another city so we use email to communicate. But when we work on projects he emails me about 6 or 7 times a day. Usually the first one is a question and the rest are emails asking me if I got his first email. Actually I don't think he's needy, I think he needs therapy.

Sweeps ratings are here so I should get a break from clients for a few weeks. Meh.