av8rmike: 10 HOME; 20 SWEET; 30 GOTO 10 (home sweet goto)
After putting in an offer on a house, going back and forth with the seller over crap about closing assistance and his profit margin, the seller has finally decided that he's going to rent the house instead. To a couple who supposedly are going to buy after a year of renting and despite "going through bankruptcy" still managed to put a $5,000 deposit on the place. The realtor and both of my finance guys think something doesn't add up here. I wonder if the couple isn't just friends of the owner to whom he made some kind of promise and the actual marketing of the house was just for show. Also, it supposedly needs a new roof. 9_9

It's a little disappointing, but it also wasn't a place we were really in love with, so not that much is lost in the deal.

Also, had a pretty good birthday yesterday. We went with my dad & stepmother to a barbecue place in Bowie that we'd never been before. For a few different reasons, I doubt we'll be going back there.
av8rmike: Aqua Teen's Frylock, text: Bitch, are you for real? (frylock-forreal)
Nothing to see here, move along.

Head hurts from having to navigate around massive traffic back-up just to get to pointless rehearsal. Looking forward to weekend, though.
av8rmike: Photo of pile of Korean money (money)
They're ripping siding off the building, the grounds-keeping crew is outside with their leaf-blowers, and someone else is outside cutting down the giant bushes with a chainsaw.

It's way too much noise for a Monday. Good thing I ripped all those Mahler and Bruckner symphony CDs from my dad, which should be pretty effective at drowning them out.
av8rmike: Man in suit at computer looking pleased, text: Internet/serious business (serious business)
How ridiculous has Facebook gotten? From my "suggested friends" page, I can become a fan of tater tots.

Seriously. TATER TOTS. WTF?

Speaking of Facebook, this was too good not to share.
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
Boy, and to think I thought my laptop was going to be a frivolous purchase. Looks like I get to spend the weekend searching out local wi-fi hotspots, as my home DSL account was completely canceled and had to be re-started.
I was briefly considering telling them to bite me, then get a Comcast package, but I'm not sure that's a better option.

Eye Care

Apr. 6th, 2009 03:20 pm
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
My regular pair of glasses broke on Saturday afternoon... maybe it was one too many unscheduled trips to the floor, but one of the earpieces broke off inside the springy part. So, it can't be fixed; I have to get new frames. Well, maybe I could super-glue them back together, but they still won't be angled right. I've been needing an excuse to wear my contacts more anyway.

It makes me wonder what I'd do if I didn't have the contacts to wear, stumble around blindly until I could get the first appointment with a new optometrist? I had to schedule an exam because I don't have a current prescription. Does everyone carry theirs around with them?

Finally, wearing contacts all day and staring into a computer screen is never a good combination. However, I've tried, but I just CAN'T do eye drops. The last few times I tried, I blinked so hard my contacts came out. Annoying, to say the least.
av8rmike: Alton Brown with megaphone (AB-rant)
I'm sending an e-mail to Amazon.com's Customer Service, because their links to Advanced Search->Classical Music appear to be broken. At least, they direct to a page with the global header and footers, but no search options. I'm interested to compare this process with LiveJournal's support, of which I am an active member (for those who may not have known).

Finding the Help->Customer Service link is easy enough. You have the option of e-mail or phone(!) support or a few Express Customer Service options. To submit an e-mail, you have to supply an issue category, just like you do here. However, the system will not allow you to send a message without an order number, even if your category is "Other Questions and Comments". There does not appear to be any other way to submit a message that is not order-related (which makes sense for the largest e-commerce site in the world).

Unlike the occasional Support request here, however, I am resisting the temptation to tell them how useless their music search is, or to request satisfaction as a paid customer.


Jul. 10th, 2008 08:19 am
av8rmike: Alton Brown with megaphone (AB-rant)
Oh, so *that* is why my home Internet connection has stopped working. It's probably also why the Verizon tech with whom I was on the phone for an hour last night was completely mystified: A firewall was the one thing she didn't say to check.

Windows update leads to ZoneAlarm web black-out


May. 6th, 2008 11:08 am
av8rmike: Text: I can't. I have rehearsal. (rehearsal)
Jason quote from last night:

"This rehearsal is bugging the shit out of me."

Not just for him, unfortunately. A lot of people seemed to be out of it last night, or just generally annoyed, myself included. I dislike one of the pieces we're playing so much that I'm considering not even rosining my bow for the first half of the concert. Which, by the way, is still three weeks away, and I just want it to be over. I know that's probably a sign I'm burning out and need to take a break, something I thought wouldn't happen to me.
av8rmike: Star of David (jewish)
I don't mind Passover so much, even the "eating matzoh all the time" part. The problem is that I'm so used to eating bread and other baked goods that matzoh just isn't filling. According to the box, one sheet is only 120 calories, but the only other nutrients supplied are carbs. It'd be great for people on a diet (not Atkins, of course), but even topped with butter, jelly, peanut butter, or roast beef and cheese ;) I'm still eating one every two hours because I get hungry again. The other problem is that with my hectic rehearsal schedule this week, I've had no time to go to the store for things like meat or potatoes, which make up the bulk of a Passover diet.

Oh well, it's only a few more days. Hey look, I got bows in the mail!
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
I just got dirty looks and protestation for trying to raise the A/C temperature. It's frickin' freezing in here, Mr. Bigglesworth.

Re: previous entry: Take my advice and don't leave anything of value in your car. It's scary just how easy it is for someone with a dollar's worth of tools can gain entry.


Mar. 6th, 2008 10:44 am
av8rmike: Aqua Teen's Frylock, text: Bitch, are you for real? (frylock-forreal)
I do not understand how these stupid podcasts work. I subscribed to three different ones last night through iTunes, downloaded them, and synced them to the iPod. I even checked several different times in the iPod menu that there were six items under the main podcast menu on the iPod. I was all set to listen to them here at work, when I go into the main menu and it tells me "no podcasts". They were just there last night, why the hell would it delete them? I thought Apple products were supposed to be user friendly. =(
av8rmike: Aqua Teen's Frylock, text: Bitch, are you for real? (frylock-forreal)
Did someone secretly switch my ibuprofen with Pez?
av8rmike: (desk on)
This freaking car... Three weeks ago, it wouldn't start when I had to take Jamie to the airport. Now, I get a flat tire. I think it may have actually been caused by something that happened Friday night, when it sounded like someone threw something at my car. Stupid me didn't think to keep checking the tires after driving around all weekend.
av8rmike: Picard from ST:TNG, text: I'd hit it with an inverse tachyon beam (hit it)
This freakin' thing. It's 3 years old; I take it to Israel and Korea with no problems, but apparently it decided to quit working last week. Specifically, it refused to open the automatic lens cover when I turned it on. There wasn't much I wanted to take pictures of lately anyway, but it's nice to have it work when I want.

So I decide to dash off an e-mail to Nikon's technical support, and no sooner do I hit Send then I turn it on and the cover opens. I swear, it must have been reading over my shoulder.
av8rmike: Pumpkin barfing seeds (barf)
Dad took us for Chinese food for last night's dinner, since neither of us will be around next Sunday. I requested Japanese/sushi, but I'd figured he'd veto it, claiming he "wasn't feeling that adventurous." Apparently he was adventurous enough to take us to the nearby Coldstone Creamery, at the request of my stepmother. They'd never been in one before. Dad commented that just looking at and smelling all the stuff was going to put him into diabetic shock.

It should go without saying that he thought $6.50 was way too much to pay for two small cups of half-melted ice cream. Next time, we'll go to Rita's.
av8rmike: Alton Brown with megaphone (AB-rant)
..but lately, it seems everything and everyone is annoying me. For instance:

Is it just me, or are people getting meaner/snarkier by the day? In just the last few days, several people have said things to me that makes me think they thought they were just joking around, but taken out of context, sound really hurtful. Or am I overreacting, because "throw yourself out a window" is the new catchphrase?

Here's a question for [livejournal.com profile] bibliocat and [livejournal.com profile] danceswithcats1: When the firetrucks are trying to get out of the station, why am I always that one guy who can't get out of the way because of the traffic in front of me, yet the drivers still lay on that siren?
av8rmike: Alton Brown with megaphone (AB-rant)
If there are F/A-18s flying overhead, it must mean that the Naval Academy's Commissioning is coming up soon.
av8rmike: Alton Brown with megaphone (AB-rant)
The big Giant near my office (no that's not a redundancy) had Ben & Jerry's on sale. But with a dozen or so flavors, no Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream. I couldn't have bought ice cream anyway; it wouldn't have lasted in our office freezer, and I wasn't about to eat it all at once.
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
Apparently, neither Maryland nor Wisconsin got the memo that it was supposed to be an early spring. I left the heat off in my apartment, and someone even left the air conditioning on in the office all weekend.


av8rmike: Futurama's Bender in Jeffries tube, text: I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron (Default)

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