Saturday, August 28, 2010


I had to break down and do it. After DLing a new Spyware program to get rid of this persistent one that would NOT delete with any of the others, I was treated to the fact that it's constant update on start-up would slow my computer to a crawl for a good half hour. Now that I'm working with such graphically intense stuff and needing to perform multiple tasks at once, I finally broke down and put in for my new computer. Confused by all the technobabble in the specs, I chatted with a Dell person and had them build me a comp to suit my needs. Two grand, but at least I can write it off in taxes since I'll be using it for business a lot.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


The BBQ went off nicely. I had to swing by a Waldbaum's near the club for some buns on the way, and I had a hard time wrangling pops for materials I need, but otherwise it was fine. I had sufficent food for all those who showed up, and a good time was had. Dunno if I'm so inclined to keep these going to the point there's only TWO attendees, but we'll see what happens next year.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


My route gets a handicap every August when the only decent freight guy they have goes on vacation for five weeks, meaning the elevator is slow as shit for the duration. Add to that the fact they decide NOW to redo the sidewalk in front of the loading dock. The last two weeks had been an adventure in trying to get through the temporary pedestrian walkway and onto the ramp (with a disappearing, reappearing lip of concrete at its foot) into the loading dock to do my job.

Well, today they finally finished the sidewalk. Sort of. The idiots forgot the DIP in front of the doorway. They made a straight curb instead, so now they're gonna hafta re-tear up the sidewalk and put it in. Greeeeeeeeat. Smart crew they got there.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Worlds Beyond arrived on Thursday. I spent most of Sunday scouring for appropriately sized boxes to fill all the pre-orders we got for the book. Monday I went to the FedEx Office near my station and picked up a bunch of their small boxes and some packing peanuts to finish the job. Although I intended to get them shipped that day I ran a little late. So, today was the day.

I loaded up both of our shopping wagons and slowly wheeled them over to the post office. I'm sure I made the ass there thrilled to have to process all those, as were all the people who had to wait on the growing line. The ass, I should clarify, is this grumpy old fart I was hoping I wouldn't get when I went. The people in that office are rude as hell, barking at a lady who just wanted to know something before she waited on line to wait on line. And they wonder why they're doing so horribly.

Anyway, after all that, I ended up realizing I forgot one person. I KNOW I printed out his reciept the other day, but I guess it got lost in the shuffle. Ah well, taking care of that tomorrow, not going back today.

Saturday, August 07, 2010


Went to Pathmark today so ma could do some overdue shopping and I could get most of the stuff for the BBQ next week. The turnout for it is very small this year, so I'm not really splurging...especially since these people, despite assurances and confirmations, tend to NOT show up. I prboably should have just cancelled it, but at least I can give some Worlds Beyond orders to the people there.

D was on his way home from work when he called me and came by the store. He tagged along while I did my business, then gave me some souveniers from his trip to Universal Florida during his Georgia medical convention; one of those weathered Wolverine hats (which didn't fit) and a Marvel t-shirt (which probably won't, the sizes on those shirts run smaller than advertised usually). First time I seen him since Xmas. He should be coming next week, so we'll see if it works out.

Thursday, August 05, 2010


This morning on the way to work, some asshat went down the wrong way under the Gowanus. He proceeded to speed in reverse to the intersection where we were sitting, smacking the front fender and then speeding off down the street. Pops was none too happy. Dude's just lucky it wasn't me at the wheel, 'cause I woulda ran his ass down and off the road. Damage is already done, couldn't hurt more, right?

So he went to the precinct (which is like 2 blocks from there, BTW) to file a report and I took the train to work. Looks like my van will be seeing some use for a while.