Monthly Archives: June 2003


The Angry Old Woman almost choked to death on a pork rind the other day. Oddly, I was the only person who went back to see if she was OK or dead. But if she were dead, I would have had to run the backorders at 2, so it was important for me to know. I asked how you choke on a pork rind, since its like eating air. She said it �vaporized� and it was like she inhaled powder and that was what set her to coughing. Wacky!



I was reading a NY Times article about people living to be 100 and to what they attribute their success:

The Hebrew Home for the Aged in the Bronx has dozens of centenarians, including Lenke Weingarten, 104. She attributes her own longevity to indifference. “It’s the nonchalance,” she said. “I don’t care.”

In that case, I may live to be 120.


Our goofy customers come in to the store yelling about stuff all the time. This guy bought his laptop last week and broke a key off the keyboard today. Even though he has a three-year warranty, and the service guy will come to him, he came all the way over here with the dang thing and demanded that we fix it. Of course, The Boss was at lunch and I had to deal with his foolishness. It is always something with customers.

Even weirder was that another customer was standing there and offered to “help”. The other customer started “working” on the original customer’s laptop and the original customer figured out this second guy had no idea what he was doing. I’d already told him we aren’t equipped to provide any type of service and that he’d have to call Dell Service. He started arguing with the second man to stop working on it and finally put it back in his bag and left.


I have to deal with this ridiculous vendor on a daily basis. I send in purchase orders and they never let me know if items have been discontinued. I only find out if I e-mail them and inquire specifically about a product that hasn�t shipped.

In an effort to �increase customer satisfaction�, I now e-mail my purchase orders to four separate people at the vendor�s headquarters, even though only one of the people actually takes care of the order. I don�t know why I have to send it to the three other people, because they always claim to have no knowledge of the order/products/delivery times/etc. WG takes care (if you can call it that) of my orders, but my mail gets CC:ed to CJ, BJ and YM.

I found this mail while I was clearing out my In Box. It�s an automated message from BJ. The asshat not only tells me twice that he�s �not in the office�, he also says that he�ll contact �yopu� when he returns. Who is Yopu? Yoda�s bastard half-brother?

Date: Tue Feb 25, 2003 9:50:40 AM US/Eastern
Subject: BJ is out of the office.

I will be out of the office starting 02/25/2003 and will not return until

I am out of the office. I’ll contact yopu when I return.


Then I get THIS automated message from YM, telling me to contact BJ with critical/time sensitive issues!! Yet, BJ was the asshat who sent the first mail saying HE is out of the office! Crazy jackasses!!!

Date: Tue Feb 25, 2003 10:49:16 AM US/Eastern
Subject: YM is out of the office.

I will be out of the office starting 02/25/2003 and will not return until

Please contact BJ (x5277) with critical or time sensitive issues.

How long can the cycle exist? Is no one there?

I wanted to try this with The Almighty Cthulhu, but he was afraid The Boss would find out and beat us to death. I wanted my automated message to say I wasn�t in and to contact TAC and for his to say he wasn�t in and to contact me. I wanted to see which customer would freak out first and blab to The Boss, but TAC wouldn�t have it.


Since I’m an impatient type, I tried to log in to my Neopets account just now and was able to get through. Something must be up with their system. I’m still wary. Part of me wants to transfer all my good stuff to my Neofriends for safe-keeping.

In other news (news related to the real world, not the fake world of online community gaming), I got to cut the grass yesterday. To make it more interesting for me, I wore pajama bottoms and a baseball shirt. I scooped up several pounds of cat crap that was placed in my yard courtesy of Cat Guy next door. I threw it in the trash, but part of me wanted to chuck it back into his yard, like I do with all his cigarette butts.

For Friday Night Movie Night, I rented Shallow Grave, an early Ewan McGregor movie. I think I only have four films to go before I’ve seen them all. Everyone should have goals in life, right? =) It was a good film, and had a story full of suspense.

I have added a new link on the sidebar. Go visit Brian Damage, dammit!


I am deleting the link to Neopets from the bottom of my template, because they’ve frozen my account. I still don’t know why, but this is the second time they’ve done it. The first time, I was told it was because I was cheating on their Flash-based games. By playing games, you earn Neopoints to buy things, and I like to play games anyway. The game in question last time, was one that didn’t give out many points, but was fun. They said I couldn’t have earned my score in the amount of time it took me to play and submit it. Their dang server was wigged out. I couldn’t get anyone there to check to see if something on their end went wacky. They continued to blame me for “taking advantage of a glitch”. I was new. I didn’t know anything about the site.

This time, I don’t even know what it could be, as I haven’t been on in several days. I went ahead and submitted the form to ask why I was frozen, but I’m sure it’s some flaky reason again. I won’t sign up again. I refuse to be taken advantage of again…to put in all that time and effort so that some team of 20-somethings can just randomly take it away from me.


There’s this woman that comes in to the store on a regular basis who tends to ask for obsolete items. Most of the time, she talks constantly about nothing and bores everyone. The last time she came in, she was talking about her latest idea:

“Watching the latest natural disaster, I though of a rescue tool that might be created. You know how there is always a victim that can not be rescued because a wall might fall on the rescuers? Well, watching this, I got an idea. It may be an impractical idea, But, it might work. It’s rather hard to describe in words but I could draw you a picture if my computer had graphics capability.”

I think maybe her idea is for her to fly to these areas and yammer at the victims until they get so wigged out that they crawl out on their own accord.


I am working on trying to figure out where the last two weeks of April have gone in my archives. Meanwhile, enjoy this:

The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Third Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Level Score
Purgatory (Repenting Believers) Very Low
Level 1 – Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers) Low
Level 2 (Lustful) Very High
Level 3 (Gluttonous) Very High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious) Moderate
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy) Low
Level 6 – The City of Dis (Heretics) Moderate
Level 7 (Violent) Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers) Moderate
Level 9 – Cocytus (Treacherous) Low

Take the Dante’s Inferno Hell Test