December 31, 2007

Happy New Year To All



Including the 250 or so people who seem to be searching for this post from last year.

Disappointing isn't it... you go to all that work to find a little post and then it's not even worth the trouble. 

Anyhow, to all who drop by... A Very Happy 2008 to you.  May next year be better in every way.

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A Pretty End To The Year

This morning we woke up to a beautiful covering of snow.  Enough to make everything pretty.  It's a nice way to end the year.

We have snow covered bushes


trees


more bushes


and more trees.


Lovely.

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December 30, 2007

On Edge

Nothing is more calculated to set my teeth on edge than the following...

- shopping for walking shoes
- shopping for parts to any type of appliance

I did both today and I feel like screaming. Got some new "running" shoes which are quite simply weird looking but in one of those usual ironic twists of fate - actually fit my feet.  (can I get new feet somewhere?) It only took 4 stores plus a bunch of waiting at one to see if there was anyone serving customers (apparently not - I left).

Then we were looking for a vacuum cleaner belt.  The one on our old vac broke the other night.  Simple - right?  Oh not so much. 

As I suspected, a ten year old vac is not on anyone's radar... including the store that sells it - thank you Sears.  So, even if you have the information like it's "this" type and "this" model... no one can help.  You get the perplexed look along with the "sorry we need a part number - it might be on the bottom of the vac... blah blah blah...".  Don't get me wrong, the man was very nice.  He simply had no way to figure out what part we should buy.

What irks me is that the store doesn't have any means of looking up simple parts like a vacuum belt in this instance. Without the customer having to jump through multiple hoops.  You should be able to walk in, with the type and model number and be able to find it.  Rather like printers.  If you have the make and model, the store has a book of what type ink cartridges you need.  The store doesn't make you go home and pull out a cartridge to find the number of the ink cartridge itself.    

I KNEW that would happen.   I guess the idea is to buy a new vac when the belt breaks - kinda like buying a new car because the ashtrays are full. 

I've already looked online after digging out the manual.  I can find the actual part number on all the little vacuum sites, but not on the Sears site - they changed their numbering system and they have no equivalents listed  - gotta love that. 

Therefore, one of the small sites will get my little bit of business.  It's not much in this case but annoying me will get the rest of my business moved to other stores too.

Time for a glass of wine and some football.

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December 29, 2007

Regular Season - Over

Congratulations New England Patriots!

16-0 

On to the playoffs.

BTW - if Eli Manning had just a couple more players with the talent of the Patriots... he would've won this game - he played better than I've ever seen him play before. 

All in all - I think the playoffs will be disappointing after this game. (I might be wrong about that - but it was an excellent game)

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Sometimes It Pays To Be Nice

Cranky customer leaves $50,000, car to waitress

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - For nearly seven years, Melina Salazar did her best to put on a smile and tend to the every need of her most loyal and cantankerous customer.

She made sure his food was as hot as he wanted, even if it meant he burned his mouth. And she smiled through his demands and curses.

Good for her! Too often the good people of the world just get walked over and forgotten.   But every once in a while...

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December 28, 2007

Next Airline Ban - Lithium Batteries in Checked Luggage!

Alert!!!

I ran across this at Slashdot today:

"The U.S. Transportation and Security Administration has issued new rules limiting travel with lithium batteries. As of January 1, no spare lithium batteries are allowed in checked luggage. Batteries carried in the cabin are subject to limitations on per-battery and total lithium content, and spare batteries must have the terminals covered. If you're returning home from the holidays with new toys, be sure to check out the new restrictions before you pack."


If you will be flying anytime soon and you take extra batteries with you - check it out before you go.

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Yet Again...

Let me reiterate - there is someone who is finding his life so very dull he must spend all his time making blog rounds and posting stupid comments under other people's names.  I can't imagine a more dull and boring pastime - honestly it's mind numbing just trying to type out a post about it. 

The comments I've seen (I haven't seen them all) with my name attached have been fairly innocuous to date.  There was a comment posted here - which I have deleted - that was left under Joanie's name. 

Ho-hum.

I don't want to continue posting on this because really it's incredibly fatiguing. But I do want to warn you - if you receive a comment, purportedly from me and it contains weird references to alcohol (tequila appears to be his drink of choice) or even makes weirdly veiled comments of about things like lingerie... especially when they are not in context with the post ( Harvey is my blog father, so some of that does happen), it is very likely not from me at all. 

This pathetic soul has posted these comments from a dial in line in Florida.  Now it's coming from Comcast Business... it doesn't take much effort to change the ISP this person is using.  So, it looks like he is trying to get around the blocks that some bloggers have put up to keep him out.  Guess it was keeping him awake... all that commenting, only to find your ISP is banned... well, something would have to keep him awake with such eye-glazing commentary as he has left so far.

If you have a question about whether or not a comment was left by me - drop me an email and ask.  I will let you know as quickly as possible. 

In the meantime, I won't be posting about this again.  I don't have much in the way of readers and I'd hate to have them stop clicking over here because the content has gotten too dull for words. 

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December 27, 2007

The Iceman Cometh

We've been alternating between light rain and light sleet today. The temp has been hovering a little above 32 degrees (that's Fahrenheit for those in other countries) so the ground is a bit slushy and the water is freezing on bushes,



lamp posts,
 


trees,



among other things.  Later in the day I went out to the store for a couple of needed items - roads were fine.  But it's basically been a pretty dull day here.  Too bad I have no interest in ice skating.

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December 26, 2007

Follow the Money

The NFL (in case you aren't a football fan and didn't know) has set up its own network, called.... the NFL Network (catchy name isn't it).  Since its inception, they have been fighting with cable companies to carry their product without extra charge, even though they charge nearly the highest fee to these companies for broadcast rights. 

The cable companies dug in their little toes and said "NO!  Ain't gonna happen."  Even Comcast, who carried the NFL network as a regular channel last year, has moved it to the Premium tier this year. 

The NFL in its infinite wisdom figured they could set up their own little football fiefdom... with the games available to only a very very small percentage of viewers. (they should ask the NHL how that worked out for them...) They thought people would go out of their way to clamor for the product... apparently they were wrong.  Shocking isn't it. 

Their broadcasts have been royally panned by the sports talking heads here in town and no one seems to be breaking down the doors of the cable companies to "make" them show the games on regular television.  Most people - even football fans - just shrug and figure they'll miss that game this week. 

Then the Patriots winning season put them in a quandary.  Do they stick to their guns and only broadcast on NFL Network... or do they give in and show it on nationally broadcasting channels.  It's a tough one.

The last few weeks there has been a hue and cry over the fact that only a very tiny number of people (directly in the Boston area) would be able to see the Patriots - Giants football game on a regular tv broadcast.  The game that will decide if the Patriots remain undefeated for the season or if the Giants will take them out and be THE team to have beaten them.  The real problem is this... the Patriots are The New England Patriots - not the Boston Patriots.  Their fan base for the most part runs from Maine through Connecticut and out to Vermont.   The  local telecast was only going to be for the small Boston market - not the entire fan based market which encompasses the New England area...  How's that again?   Pretty stupid if you ask me. 

Personally I figure most of the country could care less, but the NFL has finally figured out that they can really milk this one...

Pats-Giants to be first three-network simulcast game in NFL history

Wow!

But the league announced Wednesday that the NFL Network feed will be simulcast on NBC and CBS. It's a major concession by league officials, who repeatedly said they would not show the game anywhere but the NFL Network. The NFL had faced mounting pressure from politicians in recent weeks to make the game available to more viewers.


I don't believe the "politicians" bit... it's all about the money - it's always all about the money.  First you have fans who are very likely letting the NFL know in no uncertain terms that this network garbage they have going on is going to drive them off to other sports - there are plenty available.  Then the BIG inducement... advertising... How much money do they stand to make on this simulcast?  The dollars are HUGE. 

So let's quit pretending that John Kerry's little hissy fit had anything to do with them broadcasting the game to one and all.  With something this large - 3 networks... each with advertisers... you do the math and then convince me that Kerry's threat of "legislation" even made a dent.

Right - I don't think so either.  I'll watch the game... I wonder who will be doing play-by-play.  Hmmmm...

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Oscar Peterson

I heard tonight he has passed away at the age of 82.  He was remarkably gifted and I will always regret that I never had a chance to see him perform live.  We are left with his recordings.  My favorite is A Summer Night in Munich, for some reason it just captures me every time I hear it.

Here is a small sample of his genius.



While your music is heard, you will never be forgotten.

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