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Zen Vision M – Tracks: [1] Lovely Greensleeves

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Zen Vision MLovely Greensleeves – Christy Minstrels
[3:23] * * *

“I’m just a wandering minstrel man
but I’ll make you happy as best I can
I’ll write a song for you every day
and I’ll sing your sweet name in the verses

I’ll show you rivers both deep and wide
and the snow that sleeps on the mountainside
I’ll buy you a pony and dancing shoes
and I’ll teach you to dance by the moonlight”

“…Don’t wait
run away with me
For my love cannot wait ’til tomorrow”

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Written by macheide

31 December 2007 at 10:57 pm

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Sync: Fleetwood Mac Rumors

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First sync I’ve run from this “new” (Kelly’s old) laptop: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, which I received for Christmas. Adding to my Zen a sacred line-up that I used to breathe on –

  • Second Hand News [2:53]
  • Dreams [4:17]
  • Never Going Back Again [2:15]
  • Don’t Stop [3:13]
  • Go Your Own Way [3:40]
  • Songbird [3:23]
  • The Chain [4:31]
  • You Make Loving Fun [3:33]
  • I Don’t Want to Know [3:15]
  • Oh Daddy [3:57]
  • Gold Dust Woman [5:02]
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Written by macheide

31 December 2007 at 3:32 pm

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Float That Boat . . . All Over the Floor

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Well, if I’m going to balance my can of Big Red Vanilla Float and keep trying to squeeze my bowl of curry noodles in between the can and the other junk that has quickly accumulated on my nightstand (gadgets for the day’s work, mainly), then it’s to be expected that I’d have to waste part of my afternoon dabbing up a big red spot on the carpet with a few old towels.

Eh, I meant to steam clean the carpets again soon anyway. Even so…

Noodlenoggin!

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Written by macheide

31 December 2007 at 2:34 pm

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Not a Good Time for a Bad Form

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Bad Time for a Worse FormIf I’m going to be getting distracted and forgetting to take my BP meds on time, then I ought not be teasing what seriously is severe formaphobia, especially not on an idiot form that winds up outraging me so.

Rarely has the internet bumper sticker I use for my health-focused posts seemed more appropriate.

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Written by macheide

29 December 2007 at 10:18 pm

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Monarch Paper – Not from Covey!

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I’ve been procrastinating ordering 2008 paper for my Covey Monarch notebook for no other reason than that I hate forms so much, no matter how easy, no matter how much I might like what comes from completing the form.Update – And then wouldn’t you know it, Covey would be so prime an example of why I hate forms so much? You’d think that a company that is trying to make “forms for personal and business organization,” so to speak, would have the best in the business when it comes to forms on the internet for someone who’s been a customer for over a decade now. Nope. Aside from the fact that their website took me forever to locate something I might actually decide to purchase for my 2008 pen, their checkout process takes my credit card information, then without any explanation whatsoever merely returns to that same page. If I enter the same info again, have I made a duplicate order? If I leave it as it stands, with no confirmation of my order, have I just wasted my time and made no order at all?

And on top of it all, Covey has this defective shit up 24/7, but only supports their slop during certain hours of weekdays. If and when they manage to make any contact with me on my complaint e-mailed to them, my response will be to cancel any order they might have managed to record. And I will never use Covey products again.

Yep, even after a decade of being a loyal customer, and as much as I’ve loved Covey products in the past, that’s all it takes. If a company supposedly specializing in organization can’t keep better organization themselves, I have much more reliable options easily at hand.

And without having to fill out one of those idiot forms, too!

Further Update: “Thank&nbspYou!” LOL – That was what Covey’s website says when I unsubscribe my e-mail from their stuff.

They couldn’t have said it any better.

Good riddance. (Why’d it take me so long, really?)

Final Update: Upon receiving my complaint about their website taking my credit card information and then quite clearly fouling up the order while – as I very clearly stated in my complaint to them – giving me no indication of the problem, Covey’s idea of customer service is to ask me what error message the website gave me. Uh, which word of “no indication” did they fail to understand? Actually, that’s crediting them with too much intelligence, when the problem was that they never bothered to actually read my complaint before responding. Consistent, that is, with the rest of their service.

But that is the final update from me on this one. I solved the problem by picking up my paper from a competitor, since there are many from whom one need not put up with poor customer service in exchange for what I guess they apparently have the arrogance to think to be the privilege of having their precious paper beneath my pen. Bye, Covey. You just blew away a customer who had loyally splurged on many of your products for over a decade.

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Written by macheide

29 December 2007 at 9:01 pm

Posted in formaphobe, umop3pisdn

Lunch at La Madeleine’s

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Tuna salad sandwich, pesto pasta salad, and a cup of tomato basil soup.

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Written by macheide

29 December 2007 at 6:49 pm

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ADIML – Christmas Day 2007

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Cable Fried – The master bedroom cable box has finally gone completely belly up. The past few days it has been showing this screen more and more, then holding onto it longer and longer. Tonight it seems to want to stay this way. I get no sleep tonight, lying awake listening to Christmas music on the radio and dreaming of snowy streets and parks. [12/25/2007 3:03am] Cable Fried
Quitting Sleep Attempts – On an ordinary Tuesday, I would be hitting the snooze alarm for the 4th or 5th time right about now, clinging to a dream just a minute or two more before crawling to waking. This morning, it would just hurt if I were to finally fall asleep this late, since everything else would be starting up just as I got anywhere deep. [12/25/2007 4:24am] Quitting Sleeping Attempts
Slow Start Slow Start – I heat up the last cup of coffee left over from Christmas Eve, then just sit staring at the fire for a while before revving up the laptop for early morning surfing. (Notice where my chair is relative to the carpeting. More on this later.) [12/25/2007 4:30am]

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Written by macheide

25 December 2007 at 4:48 pm

Posted in Adrien

Unexpected Boy Toy for Christmas

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Unexpected Toy for ChristmasAs much as I do appreciate the gadgets that Susan and Kelly gave me for Christmas, the best boy toy I received might turn out to have come courtesy of our cable – correct that: dish satellite – box going belly up on Christmas Eve.

Susan called the problem in on Thursday, and they had someone out to check it on Friday. Which gave us a new box. With a new remote.

My first impression of the new remote was not that favorable, I must admit.

But new programming features that the new set-up has given me are really starting to grow on me fast. Most of those pretty simple, I’m sure, compared to what’s out in the market these days; but it’s all new to my use of the TV, so it’s no different than a boy who has just received his first Christmas bicycle, even if a Harley would be more fun.

For one, we can add the music channels to favorites lists on this new set. On the old set, since we couldn’t add music to a favorites list and since the music channels were not exactly easy to access by scrolling through screens, that meant having to remember the number of a music channel and punch it in the keypad manually, usually in the dark. Which in practice meant that I rarely listened to music on the TV set, even when we were grousing that there was nothing worth watching, so only left the set on for background noise. With an entire favorites list now devoted exclusively to the music channels that we like, count on our TV becoming more a radio than a video machine during those many hours when TV producers can’t come up with anything worth watching.

And favorites lists can now have more channels, perhaps even the entire list from the looks of it. Although including every channel would obviously defeat the purpose of a favorites list, that extreme is at least better than our old set-up, where the limited number of channels permitted on any one favorites list essentially meant splitting up sets among different lists, resulting in a bit of a quilt for the favorites lists that I had set up. At first I groused about having lost all that past work setting up those old faves, but I pretty quickly got over it when I failed to hit a ceiling under the new system. That changes how we set up the favorites in a way that I think will grow on me pretty comfortably.

What I really had boy-toy fun with last night were the new system’s timers. I can look at the TV schedule ahead for the near term (an evening, or overnight when we leave the set on while sleeping) and set timers so the box switches channels to movies or sports or news or whatever I choose, whenever the time comes for switching. I know, TiVo users and others who have been programming VHS or DVD recording for years would shrug, but I’ve never had this before, and it’s fun to play with. And even when the “Christmas morning fun” wears off, it will still come quite in handy.

Other bits and pieces new and useful too. Bottom line is that I have trashed that negative first impression, and am having silly fun with this new gadget.

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Written by macheide

25 December 2007 at 3:03 am

Posted in television

another business trip scheduled

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another group meeting was scheduled for us in manhattan, over th weekend. eventually i would figure out that i would need to catch an evening train up later this same friday evening, then return late sunday night, in order to be in th office monday, although we were to have tuesday off for th christmas holiday

i was winding up a meeting up in pottstown, where i was telling a friend i’d already been on two business trips, one to washington and another to boston

a taxi driver had brought someone else to pottstown, and it occurred to me he might have a train schedule i could use. when he went out to his car to check, other irs employees came up to me showing me little bookmarks that had been printed for us, with the train schedule from philly to new york on one side and a map from penn station in manhattan to th irs office. th more i looked at it, th new york map grew more complicated and had a longer walk. then when i turned th bookmark over, th other side also had a map instead of th train schedule. i pretended to complain that th friend who’d given me her extra bookmark had ruined it for me, but we were all laughing about it

but i needed to get to th philly train station tonight to make it on time, so i asked th taxi if he took credit cards. he didn’t usually do so, then confirmed that he could not do so after he checked with his manager, who i eventually found out was his mother, who ran th taxi service as a family business. i asked how much it would take to drive me from pottstown down to my house in limerick so i could pack a few things for th trip, then drive me on down to philly, since it was getting too late to walk as much as i’d been doing earlier, nor were any of th alternative ways of getting around on schedule at this hour. i worried that if i got cash and were limited to $300, that might not be enough for th taxi all th way to philly, but th driver estimated it would be $40 to my house and not much more than that from there to th train station, so even with th brief wait while i packed and a tip, i ought to have enough if i could get cash at an atm machine. so i went with him

we couldn’t find a bank nearby, so we stopped at a convenience store that we knew would have an atm machine. while we waited in a crowded line of customers there, it occurred to me that i had not yet taken th steps necessary to authorize cash advances on my government credit card, so would not yet be able to use th atm machine anyway. now i was concerned because i’d taken th taxi this short distance to th convenience store, and i didn’t have so much as a dime of cash in my pocket to pay even for that short trip

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Written by macheide

24 December 2007 at 7:44 am

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New BP Med

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New BP MedsMy new BP blaster.

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22 December 2007 at 10:44 pm

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Truck Driver Shortage?

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Driver Shortage?Tandem dump trucks, first of two pair seen on 59 north heading toward Houston.

This is a week for seeing truck combinations I’ve never seen before. Earlier this week I saw two tractor trailer containers stacked one on top of the other, of course that one woefully unable to cross under even very high overpasses.

Are we missing some truck drivers? Or is it really that less expensive to run these double loads?

Just wondering. And trying to imagine what configuration I’ll see next.

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Written by macheide

21 December 2007 at 3:09 pm

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Bye Bye Baby

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“The toys were all scattered…”
The sad sight left by Baby K after her final day with us.

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Written by macheide

21 December 2007 at 2:46 pm

Posted in Adrien

Final Regular Gas Stop

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Gassing UpGassing Up – Near the Alliance Tower, before the outbound commute.
 
With ERAP now working for me, this might be the final regular gas stop for the Blue Bug for a while.
Gas for the Blue Bug Odometer Reading
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Written by macheide

21 December 2007 at 2:40 pm

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Walgreen’s Drugs? Just Say No

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Walgreen’s permitted a stranger who was not even a family member to change the address and phone number on my pharmacy records to some place half the state of Texas away from my home.

And just shrugs at the violation of trust.

If they permit that sort of intrusion, how much of my private medical information do they hand out or sell, one has to wonder.

They’ve lost more than merely this one irate individual. Far far more.

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Written by macheide

18 December 2007 at 7:58 pm

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Short-Sighted on Harry’s Lock

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Took Harry along to today’s doc appointment (although as it turned out, I had no more than 2-3 minutes for getting any work done, since I was seen quickly)

Heading out th door, thought of bringing th computer lock along, decided against needing to, actually visualizing th doctor’s office situation and not seeing any circumstance that would require me to be away from th machine

Saw that far, forgetting that I had planned to do a little Christmas shopping after th doc appointment. Didn’t even look that far, or it would have been automatic.

I know, I could have shoved it under a seat and locked up the car, and who would ever know? But I’m not really supposed to. So I don’t.

I’ll just have to do my last bit of holiday shopping later this week.

Noodlenoggin.

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Written by macheide

18 December 2007 at 6:47 pm

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Ad Hoc Doc

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Ad Hoc DocThe pic I showed my doc today on my Zen mp3 player, snapshot taken back two weeks ago when they kicked me out of my dental appointment without working me over, because they felt my numbers were too high.

The numbers had been high for a solid week before that, and had been creeping upward maybe the month before. And then since that axed dental appointment, I’ve never had the diastolic below the high 90s, even keeping up with the meds. And it’s spent most of the past week up in the triple digits, a few times flirting with the same range as the dentist was getting.

So it’s off to the doc with my ass. Can’t be having these BP headaches, much less the risk that tags along close behind.

Had blood drawn, and an EKG, just for good measure.

And new prescriptions for higher doses of the two BP meds I’m on.

Which I refuse to have refilled at Walgreen’s. Separate story, that is.

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Written by macheide

18 December 2007 at 5:44 pm

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An Idiot Shipper

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Flashing lights on the Gulf Freeway’s northbound access road at Southgate, surrounding a tractor trailer that sits blocked: it carries a load that has stacked two containers one on top of the other, versus pulling two containers one behind the other.

I’ve rarely seen such idiocy before.

Is this even legal? One would think the center of gravity would be so high, that making any degree of turn at any speed above maybe 2 mph would tip the whole cargo over.
Here, the truck is at least a foot, maybe more, higher than the clearance, although we’re talking of clearance under one of the Beltway 8 ramps to the Gulf Freeway, way higher than typical overpass headroom. This truck obviously should try to go only on wide open road if it cares to haul in this manner.

I can’t imagine what insanity the loading dock of origin had in mind. Is this supposed to have saved money, maybe cut down on the time and expense of making two trips? Did nobody even bother to pull out a measuring tape and question what was going to happen at the first encounter with any typical overpass?

I almost took the time to swing back around to get a pic. And still regret not doing so, since that was a unique sight I have no doubt I’ll never see again. Might I luck out and see it again later this week in our local newspaper?

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Written by macheide

17 December 2007 at 5:20 pm

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