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December 3, 2007

No Limit

Fa la la la la

It's December now. And it was 80 degrees yesterday. Went to see "No Country for Old Men" with Reptile and Zero. Pretty good movie. Lots of off-screen shootouts.

I used to have a MBNA Mastercard. Bank of Maryland, I think. BoA (Bank of America) bought it out a few years ago. So I had, against my will, a BoA card. But it is an account I have had since I was in college. This weekend, they sent me a new card to replace the old one. It already has a stupid high credit limit which I dont use. I keep it pretty much at zero balance. But in the letter with the new card, I noticed the line "This card has no pre-set spending limit."

I thought that was interesting. Especially since it still has a credit limit. So, today, I called them at lunch to see what that was all about. The guy I talked to did not know. So I asked him to find out, it being his job to know, and all. And after about a two minute hold he came back and told me that basically, I can go over my limit without charge. I just have to pay it back down below my limit by the next statement. So, if I charge $5000 above the credit limit, there will be no over-the-limit fee. But when I get my statement, I have to make a payment of over $5000 to get the balance back under my credit line.

Unless I decide to purchase a car on the credit card, it is a feature I should hope to never employ.

December 5, 2007


I went to Fry's last night to purchase something I needed to purchase. I managed to get the last available one. With this purchase, they were also giving away a 'free' photo printer. "Free" meaning that you pay the $75 for it, and get a Mail In Rebate for $75.

So, I buy my thing and the printer, (the thing is a Christmas gift, so I'll not speak of it more clearly) and pay and mention the rebate to the cashier and she rings it all up and gives me my receipt and I go. It isnt until I get home that I realize she did not give me any kind of rebate form. And there was nothing on the receipt itself to help.

I called Fry's back and they said I could just come back to a store and get the form, or they could fax it to me. I dont have a fax machine. I went up to the Fry's closer to work today on my lunch break and picked up the form. I looked at the form, and it is very generic. I was expecting something a little more Fry's specific. But it is not. What they *should* have told me last night was "You can just print it off of the Epson website" instead of asking if they could fax it to me. Because when I got back after lunch, I checked online, and there it was. Bright and Shiny rebate form.

Fry's can suck it for making me go out of my way for naught.

December 7, 2007

Not news?

It must have been a slow news day the world over this morning. When I checked CNN to see what was happening in the world, their headline story was about how people still loved the Commodore 64.

How am I to compete with that?

December 10, 2007

oh tannenbaum

Ninsi and I bought a tree yesterday and spent part of the afternoon getting that set up. We bought a live tree last year, and again this year. I suspect that is the way we will always do it. It really does make for a better tree. And it is ultimately better for the environment.

We also bought all new light strands. Went with the LED lights, as they last longer and use less energy. The plan is to get rid of all of the old Christmas stuff we have and just start with new stuff. Most of the old stuff isn't ours. It is now, but wasnt originally. Just leftover bits from before. So, we need to buy about one more strand of lights, and quite a bit more garland.

It is merely two weeks until Christmas. Not a whole lot left to do. Though, I have not any idea what to get most of my family. The young nephews aren't really a problem. If it is bright, they will be happy. Buying for the brothers, and the in-laws is more an issue. I've got roughly two weeks. I'll manage something.

December 12, 2007


It's finally mostly cold here. But I think for only a day or so. Winter doesn't actually start for another week plus. I wouldn't mind one bit if it got cold and stayed that way for the next three months. We need a good solid Winter. Ninsi disagrees, Im sure.

Looking forward to a good dinner on Friday night. We'll be trying out III Forks for the first time. I hear it is good. Critique will follow on Monday for that. Actually leaving early on Friday. I have enough vacation built up that I need to just spend some of it. I just have nothing to do. So I'll take a half day this week, and maybe all of next Friday. Not sure yet.

Even if I take a full day off every month, I still gain almost 6 hours in vacation time. So, that's not shabby.

December 14, 2007


Taking a half day off today.
Because I can, and I have the time.

Fancy-ish dinner tonight.
It better be good.

December 20, 2007

Gone for the holidays

This is probably the last entry until after Christmas. Possibly for the year. Ninsi and I are heading up to OK in a couple days for the festivities. But we both have to work next week, so we'll be coming back fairly early.

There is a guy that sits in the cube across from mine a couple times a week. He got cancer a few years ago, and it came back at least once. And it has been financially difficult for him. And it has affected how much he can work. I think he's doing better now. The only reason I know this, is because when he is in, he talks on the phone. And in the mornings, if he is on the phone, he is telling someone all about his life for the past few years and how hard it has been, and how wronged he has been.

Im bloody tired of hearing about his life. It's sad, yes, but Ive heard it. Multiple times now. Quiet, please. please.

On that note,
Have a safe and merry Christmas and joyful New Year.

December 28, 2007


Ninsi and I both got new phones a few months back. I think it was late May.
My phone had a rather unique problem. If I set an event in the calendar, or created an alarm, then the phone would ring every night at midnight. When I checked the phone, it would be displaying a date of January 16, 1896, or so. I could scroll the date backward and it went to something like the year 10001. It was a little annoying, since it made the calendar function mostly useless. But I wasnt the only one that had the problem, and Samsung eventually released a software update that fixed the issue. Hopefully. I took my phone to Verizon today so they could update the software to the new version. Instead, they took all of my information from the phone and uploaded it to a new one. So Im pleased with that. The new phone does have the latest software version. New phone, new battery; go me.

In other random news, the friend of a friend of mine was hit by a bus yesterday. My first thought on being told this was "How do you get hit by a bus? That only happens in movies and cartoons."
But the dude was hit by a bud. While he was walking, not driving. He spent the night in the ER, but was released today. He'll be fine. But seriously? A bus? They aren't very stealthy, you know...

December 31, 2007

Livin' Large

Over the Christmas holiday, we took quiet a number of pictures with the family. Even managed to take one decent one with the whole family. I set the camera timer and ran back over to get in the picture. It turned out pretty good.

I look like a giant, though. I mean, I am the tallest one in my family, but in the pictures, I am just huge. It has happened before. When I went to Wichita to meet some of Ninsi's family, we took a similar picture. In that one, I am a full head taller than anyone else.

Anyway, here's me and the fam... (click the pic for the non-stretched version)

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