Showing posts from July, 2008

Post Office Genius

It's always been a toss up, as to which is worst the DMV or the Post Office. Yesterday, I decided the post office should move to the top of the list.

This last Sunday, I went to my local post office to mail two items. Both were in large envelopes. One was a disc of pictures in a CD case. This size and weight envelope, I've mailed a dozen times. The second was a video game, in an envelope a little larger than the first. I set each envelope individually on the automated postage machine, let it weigh, entered the delivery zip, and printed my stamps. The CD envelope actually cost more than the price I normally mail it at. I figured they must have raised the prices again, and didn't think much else of it. I dropped both envelopes in the box, with the paid stamps that were printed from the postal services machine.

Yesterday, I got home from work, went to check my mail, and both envelopes were in the box as return to sender due to not enough postage. Yes! That's right! Accordi…

I'm Fine Bitch, Back the Hell Off

Guys, do you ever get this from women, (because, it's usually women who do it) where they ask you "what's wrong," or "is everything okay," when everything is fine? And even if you tell them everything is fine, they still assume sometihng is wrong?

Let's say you are sitting at home and playing video games or surfing for porn on the computer, and a girl calls you up wanting to chat. Well obviously you don't want to chat, you are busy. But you don't want to say, "I'd rather play video games or look at hot Asian lesbians than talk to you, so instead, you just come across as aloof and non-talkative. The woman, just assumes something is wrong with you, and goes into chick mode trying to find out what and fix it.

How about the times you are hanging out with a girl, and you are tired from working extra hours, or whatever else is going on, you are not your usual happy-go-lucky entertaining self, and the woman picks up on your tiredness or even irr…

Microsoft Finally Goes Green

A while back, I posted "Earth Day and Microsoft" about Microsoft using Styrofoam cups and plates. About a month ago, Microsoft finally decided to upgrade everything to more environmentally friendly products. They removed the Styrofoam waste containers and replaced them with ones for compostable products. They also removed the various boxes for paper, and replaced them with just one recyclable container. They also replaced all the Styrofoam products with paper products. They even replaced the plastic utensils with ones that can be thrown in the compost disposal. How Fab!

It's nice that Microsoft is finally deciding to lean towards more environmentally products. It's also nice how they realized most of the employees are to clueless to figure it out on their own by reading the sides of the containers. And they posted flyers all over the place. Printed, posters, and all kind of other labels that they've stuck all over the office, so the typical MS employee can figure …

Motorcycle to Work

Yesterday was national ride your motorcycle to work day, or at least that's what someone told me. Just like national don't buy gas day, or national finger up your butt day, I could really care less. If I'm going to ride to work, I'm going to ride to work. If not, then not.

As I was riding to work, there was a larger than usual backup in the regular lanes. So, I'm actually enjoying cruising along past them in the express lane. That is, until, the express lane becomes backed up. And it slows down to the point that there is only one reason for such a back up… an accident. In the center lane was a car, with a motorcycle smashed up behind it, and a police car behind that. No one appeared to be injured, the motorcyclist was standing and talking to the other driver. From the looks of what happened, the motorcyclist hit the guy in the car. A good day for him to be riding to work.

The implication in these situations, is usually when a car and motorcycle get in a wreck, it'…

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The Draining Drain Drains

On July 8th the drain pipe of the 3rd floor break room sink, here at Microsoft land. When walking into the break room, people were confronted by a large puddle of dirty water and yellow "wet floor" cones. Most people ignored the leaking drain and continued to use it, only contributing to the puddle on the floor, knowing that someone else would be responsible for cleaning up the mess. Eventually someone did clean up the mess, and tape off the sink in order to stop the typical Microsoft employee from using it.

The next day, July 9th, the plumber ordered the replacement parts, and added a note that the parts had been ordered.

July 15th, we still have a sign that the parts have been ordered, and a sink that does not work…

How the hell does it take so long to get parts to fix a drain? It's two pipes fitted together. I had a faucet in my house from 1980 that they don't even make any more. A trip to an actual plumbing store and it was fixed that day. Yet because this is the Mi…

Vote for Meritocracy

I thought I posted this a couple of weeks ago, but apparently not.

My buddy over at Eccentri City (EC) and I were having a conversation about the sad state of our political system. During the discussion, I pointed to the Democratic primary as an example. When they were breaking down who voted for who, there was a trend. Most of the Clinton voters were lower to middle class and less educated. Most of the Obama voters were better educated and more affluent. As in, the same type of people who voted for George Bush, were voting for Hillary.

The point I was making to EC, is, do we really want the less educated, poor assed, not as bright people actually making the decision as to who should be president? My opinion is of course not, we have 8 years of proof of what happens when you vote for the person you'd rather have a beer with.

EC responded with that's why we need a system based more on meritocracy. For those of you who don't know, as per meritocracy is "an e…

Seattle 20 Cent Bag Fee

I added a comment to the bottom of the last post, but I wanted to remind everyone that tonight is the night to protest the Seattle City Councils desire to make money off the typical grocery store shopper.
There are two issues for debate tonight:

Banning Styrofoam - This is an easy sell to the public, which is why they are trying to tie it in with the other. They are assuming we are stupid, (and unfortunately most are) and that since we hate Styrofoam we will agree to the other in association. But it is possible for them to ban this separate.

Adding a 20 cent charge to grocery bags- This is the more important issue, and should be protested like the Vietnam War. Yes, plastic bags are spoiling the oceans, and filling the dumps, and flying around all over the place. But a 20 cent fee is not the right solution. What it is, is the city trying to make money off the problem.
They say this will reduce the amount of bags thrown away by 50%. Yet they have no information as to how they came to that n…

Helmet Law

This was sent by one of my cranky readers.

Contrary to what you know it all bicyclist believe, there is no federal U.S. law that requires you to wear a helmet while riding a bike. So keep your fucking comments to yourself.

I was out with my kids on the Burke Gillman trail last wed. and everyone felt the need to yell at me for not making my kids wear a helmet. My daughter who is 6 and was riding a training wheel bike did have a helmet but the strap broke so we left it in the car. Plus she can't go faster than 2 miles and hour and sits so low to the ground even if she did fall it would be impossible to hurt herself. My son had his helmet most of the time on put his is to small and was pinching his neck. He too was going very slow cause we were always waiting for his sister to catch up. So next time you feel the need to criticize maybe you should get all the information first or even better mind your own Fucking business.

I couldn't agree more with this person. Most everyone in thi…

Good Riddance

Finally, they will stop talking about the Sonics in Seattle. Okay, that might have been optimistic. Finally, they will stop talking about the Sonics so damn much in Seattle! The new owner and the city of Seattle have come to an agreement, and one of the lamest teams in the NBA is going away. Seattle is going to get a big pile of cash, and the team is going to move somewhere that people might actually go to the games. Now only if they would take a few of the lame-ass Seattle drivers with them.

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I'll Buy That

Ever heard the saying, "money doesn't buy happiness," a saying usually uttered by people trying to make themselves feel better about not having any money? Ever notice how unhappy guys look while cruising down the road in their Porsche, or on their jet ski?

Money does buy happiness. And thanks to a new study on the most happy countries, it's been measured. "The new survey finds people of rich countries tend to be happier than those of poor countries." click here to read more, and quite trying to make yourself feel better about being poor, and update your saying to "Coors light buys happiness."