Monday, September 29, 2008

A title for David

It's good to see but maybe just a bit scary that the house voted down the bailout today. Some of them actually listened to the people they supposedly represent.

Typical of the Republicans to come out and blame Pelosi's speech of last night as the reason for the failure of the bill to pass. Pelosi came out and blamed the Republicans for the failure when 95 of her own voted against it.

Politics as normal. Now let's see where it goes from here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Insights on me from the younger liberal types. Who knew?

1. I'll respond with something random about you.
I think it's great that you constantly say you are a misanthrope, but you talk a lot on your phone and make a point of going to cigar Wednesdays! (you really do have a marshmallow center)
2. I'll tell you which song or movie you remind me of.
Smoke on the Water
3. I'll pick a flavor of jello to wrestle you in.
I can't even begin imagining wrestling you, let alone in Jello, so I am skipping this one.
4. I'll say something that only makes sense to you and me.
I'm an aligator
5. I'll tell you my first memory of you.
We had dinner together at the Alamo in Reno... and you let me sit in the big seats in your truck. It was cool.
6. I'll tell you what animal you remind me of.
A bear... you give good hugs and you look grouchy but you're not.
7. I'll ask you something I've always wondered about you.
I think I know everything I want to know about you so I don't know the correct direction for this one.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Tomorrow I have to actually drag my butt out of bed and go somewhere. I need to take my car into the dealer to get some stuff done. I used to be a pretty fair shade tree mechanic but you can't do much of that now without the $30K piece of test equipment for fixing modern cars. They're more computers than much of anything else.

President Teddy Roosevelt dedicated this damn many moons ago. Not many computers back then.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


You just have to love them. Canon announced a new camera last night. On FM there's a thread with 767 posts to it already mostly bitching about it.

I sometimes wish for the good old days. You got a decent body and a couple of lenses then spent your time making photos. Now you can probably get a Phd in thread reading on forum sites like FM. How can you bitch about a camera no one will have until the end of November?

I was talking with David Swanson about the old days. I used to shoot minor sports stuff with a Speed Graphic. I remember having fun doing so and especially liked the wire bale "sports finder" it had. Now 4fps is not enough and neither is 10. People go to one football game and shoot 3000 photos then complain about the processing time.

The world is nuts.

Monday, September 15, 2008

UPS customer service works!

After a long chat with CS at UPS the other day we thought we had a solution to the problem of the post office here just sending stuff back because they don't deliver to our house. Half of my order was delayed a few days in shipping and that was enough time for UPS to implement their new local policy and today the brown truck pulled up and handed me the rest of my stuff. A very pleasant change in these days of customer non-service.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

UPS and other stuff

I had a partial order from Amazon (actually Target out of Eagan, MN) so called "delivered" today. The problem is the post office (pony express worked better and faster) does not deliver here but UPS has a contract with the post office to accept certain packages then deliver them. The UPS driver dropped it at the post office like he was supposed to but our post office immediately rejected it and returned it to shipper because it had only a street address on it. This catch 22 got me and it will need to go back to MN then back to here again.

I called customer service at UPS and was very pleased with their response. I knew the girl who answered couldn't help me but the supervisor certainly did. I told the supervisor what the deal was here and now let's find a way to fix the problem. We tossed a few things back and forth then hung up. I drove three blocks to Milo's (David knows where and what that is) and had a call waiting for me with a good sounding fix to the catch 22 shipping.

I thought real customer service to be a thing of the past but am pleasantly surprised at the level of service by UPS. I have another shipment on the way. As Reagan said "Trust but Verify". I sure hope this works.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

House on my back.

One of my young girls I live with now is on her way to work tomorrow morning. It'll be strange not having her around for the full day. It also puts me closer to going back to work myself. I'll have to start gathering my stuff to get back in the big truck. Work and sleep in the same place just like this guy in the photo. Maybe I'll adopt his sly little smile.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

My cousin and her husband showed up for a visit. This is always a cool thing for me. Makes me feel pretty good actually. I have room for a couple of RV's on the side of my garage with full hookups so they can just drop in when they feel like it. I'm just glad they're here. Better than scotch.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Cold Prickly

I don't get a warm fuzzy feeling from either of our candidates for president. McCain is just too liberal and Obama is just to inexperienced. The best of the top 4 is probably Biden as much as I hate to admit that. He's at least been around long enough to have actually done some things. If you could just vote for any of the top 4 though and put them in the top job I'd go for Palin just because she's a babe.

I think it's time to have a good cigar and maybe a scotch.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A place for both conventions. I can't believe Obama is picking on Palin's lack of experience. I think my dog has just as much chance of doing a good job running the country as either of them. I wonder why John boy ever picked her but at least she's the number two on the ticket.