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  1. JulesNoctambule says:

    I rocked out at my art show! Almost made enough for a mortgage payment; I was gobsmacked by it all.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      That’s so cool!
      I love when artists make good money-
      It gives me hope for my future endeavors.

      • JulesNoctambule says:

        I have to say this is the best show I’ve ever done, and I really was surprised by how well I did. There was even another vendor a few tents down from me who, as I was told by some shoppers, had similar-themed pieces to mine but that was followed each time by ‘yours are better’, which is always a good feeling! When you find the right crowd, the appreciation really follows.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          congratulations! wish i’d been able to make it out to see your stuff. or, actually any of the show at all

          • JulesNoctambule says:

            It was really, really great. If you can make it next year you should go, it’s a great way to network. Hell, you could probably even put together your own event!

            • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

              i suspect it will be scheduled the same time of year. i thought seriously about going to the film festival part at least since one of the short films is by a director i’m working with now. but then i studied the event map and figured out i couldn’t handle the distances walking in these temperatures.
              for some odd reason no one wants to have outdoor festivals in the late fall or winter. silly people who like to stay warm!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      YAY!!!!!!

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      Congrats, that is awesome!

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Oh, that’s great! Did your pricing work out ok? I know you were worried about it before.

    • Blueberry Scone says:

      Awesome! Do you have a link to your work?

    • Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

      That’s great! Congratulations!

    • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

      Wooo!

  2. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Anyone else noticed major connection problems with Consumerist on Thursday? Not complaining, just curious if I was the only one.

  3. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Aww black & white kitteh!

    Tomorrow is my honey’s birthday. I wish so much I could be there. Long-distance sucks big time.

    Gonna clean out some closets this weekend, I think. I’ve been watching Hoarders and it makes me feel guilty that I have so much crap in there. Perhaps I can get the garage sale ready to go since the weather is cooling off a bit. And I feel the need to make some cake!

    Anybody have interesting plans for the weekend?

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      nope.
      which actually makes it kind of interesting- I’m free to do pretty much whatever I want!
      I’m gonna start wit sleeping in far too long on Saturday, that’s fer sure.

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      I’m about to start cleaning the kitchen, having been motivated by the previous post here about the apartment with many thousands of pounds of crap in it. That, and I want to bake cookies today.

    • pop top says:

      Haha, it looks like everyone is cleaning this weekend!

    • ArcanaJ says:

      Cleaning here too. The husband’s job ended (construction) and while he’s not working, I take shameless advantage and we pull the house apart.

      Also finishing the finer points for a contest on my g-rated blog. Anyone here play Wizard101?

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      making a monster prop for a movie. i ought to be cleaning, but one of the good things about having boxes full of odd junk is that when you need a couple of yards of fabric, some dryer vent hose and wire mesh, you have them at hand. that’s how i justify it anyway, right?

  4. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    WOOOOHOOOOOO!!

    I’m so glad it’s Friday… this week has sucked majorly. I’m hoping for a good and relaxing weekend.. and hopefully something nice will happen because my 7th wedding anniversary is on Monday. Aww : )

    So, I dunno if general people know this, but there is equipment that you can put in cars in order to allow disabled people to drive them. In my case, I need hand controls so that I don’t have to use the pedals. Well, in order to have this equipment installed you have to go be “evaluated” by an occupational therapist that specializes in driving evaluations. Well, apparently in the great state of Texas there is only TWO companies in the whole state that do these evaluations. I started dealing with the company in Houston (where I live) and after feeling like they are acting like the only game in town, I started searching for somewhere else to go. The only other company in the whole state is in Dallas. I just find it so hard to believe that there are only two places in the entire state to go and have this done. What if you live in El Paso? What the hell?

    Anyway.. I don’t have health insurance so this is a huge deal for me. The stupid company I’m dealing with has told me that the evaluation could last anywhere from 2.5 hours to TEN hours.. and there is an hourly charge of 140 dollars. They don’t care that I don’t have insurance, and they flippantly (in a really cherpy tone) said “Don’t worry, we take credit cards!” YAY….

    *sigh* So anyway.. that’s what I’m dealing with this week.. and it sucks.. and I don’t even want to think about it anymore. It feels like such a scam, like they charge as much as possible because insurance companies will pay it and there is NO OTHER OPTION for somewhere else to go. So when you don’t have insurance… well, be prepared to pay up, sucka.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      *kicks company and makes them bend over backward for Kimaroo*

      Happy anniversary, btw! :)

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Thanks, on both counts : )

        If only kicking them would make it all better…

        I’m still entirely fabberghasted that there are only 2 places to go in the whole state.. and if you think you can just go to the people that install the equipment and have it done, forget it. They won’t even talk to you until you’ve been evaluated. And the evaluation people won’t talk to you until you have a doctor sign a form that says he thinks you can drive.

        And even though I have a form signed by my doctor that says I’m mentally fit and able to drive, they still want to put me through a clinical evaluation complete with eye exam and driving questions that the state just asked me when I applied to get my learner’s permit! (and they won’t evaluate you without the permit either!) This is what I mean by they seem to really be padding everything to take as long as possible. Why do I need my vision checked AGAIN? The state says I can see perfectly to drive. Isn’t that good enough? Ugh, I’m just so frustrated by this whole thing.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          If only kicking them would make it all better…

          You don’t understand. I kick them with my ice skates on. ;)

          • pop top says:

            “During high school, I played junior hockey and still hold two league records: most time spent in the penalty box; and I was the only guy to ever take off his skate and try to stab somebody.”

    • pop top says:

      Can you contact your local health department and see if they can give you any help?

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Actually, I tried going to a state run program (DARS) that seemed to be just what I needed and apparently because I have a job and I’m not in danger of losing my job, I don’t qualify for their help. So, if I quit my job then they could help me.

        The trouble is, I need my job more than I need to drive at this moment.. so.. back to the drawing board.

        Next week I’m going to go to the social security office and see if they know anything or are able to help.

        Other than that, I’ve got nothing.

        • pop top says:

          Contact your local newspaper’s human interest writer. They love this stuff and people jump out their asses to help. Also contact your state rep.

  5. You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

    I’ve been waiting for this! My first open thread in a month. I’ve been very busy every weekend this month. First it was Labor Day, then it was my birthday, then my brother’s wedding, and next weekend I am moving to a new apartment. Whew! It’s nice to have a free weekend!

    I hate buying jeans. I tried some Jessica Simpson jeans on in Boston Store and found a size that seemed to fit well. So I ordered them online at Macy’s since they were on sale. Now that I’ve been wearing them, I’ve realized that they are a size too big and don’t fit well. And trying to shrink them in the dryer didn’t work. I guess I’m stuck with them…

    Also, I ordered a Doublicious from KFC last week, but when I got home I realized they gave me a Double Down instead. I didn’t really mind, but when I opened the box the chicken patties looked gross. (and were cold) So, I went back and got a fresh Doublicious and the next patty looked just as gross, but hot at least. The first Double Down I had (4/12) was awesome, but lately the chicken seems pathetic. I don’t know where I was going with this exactly, but KFC’s chicken seems to be going downhill.

    • pop top says:

      Go to Fashion Bug and try their Right Fit jeans on. You have to find your color (body shape) and size and then you’ll find the BEST-fitting jeans of your life.

    • Blueberry Scone says:

      I love your icon – I’ll answer the phone with “The lady of the house speaking!” when I know who’s calling. :)

      About the jeans: If you’re petite, I’ve gotten really good luck with American Eagle Outfitters. I always feel like an old fart when I go in there (I’m 29), but I swear by their jeans. You can sometimes find their clothes in Marshall’s, fwiw.

      • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

        Actually, I tried some AE jeans on the same day I tried on the JS jeans. I was planning on buying those next when I can squeeze it into my budget again! I will check out Marshall’s. Thanks for the tip.

  6. TheRedSeven says:

    Hey all!

    I’m a market research guy (emphasis on the research–not so much running taste tests as it is sizing markets, and sifting through piles of data to find trends). And I’m looking for a side project that would be generally useful to, well…people!

    The internets are full of people who say things like, “Well, it stands to reason that _____, although I don’t have proof.” I hear it a lot on Consumerist, in fact.

    What are some of the issues that ‘it stands to reason,’ but proof or data are never really presented? What would you like to see some information available on?

    If you want to up the odds that I actually take on a project you suggest, it would be great if there is data available (could be via a US Gov’t agency, or company annual reports or trade groups, or whatever), that it’s something that hasn’t been done before and isn’t readily available, and/or is available but in a way that’s not easy to understand.

    Some ideas I’ve gotten elsewhere:
    –Map of major city, with neighborhoods, wards, school zoning, etc etc all overlaid
    –Cost/Benefit analysis of Groupon for various types of businesses
    –Recreation activities by demographic in a county in California
    –Wealth disparity, income disparity in the US–how much of it is simply because of statistics vs. actual disparity in wealth?

    Any OTHER ideas? (Please refrain from commenting on the ones above. I’m looking to brainstorm!)

  7. nbs2 says:

    So I tried a McManhattan last week. I was going to mention it on the Open Thread, but I forgot. It was pretty good.

    In the spirit of getting fat, I am disappointed that the Union Station Chipotle is opening tomorrow. Why couldn’t they have opened today, where I could have stopped in for a burrito on the way home?

  8. pop top says:

    My city is co-sponsoring a huge recycling thing tomorrow from 8-1 about two blocks from my house. They’re going to take EVERYTHING; computer parts and monitors, clothing, books, scrap metal, XMas lights (which you can exchange for free LED lights!), and so on. I am so excited because I have a few bags of old clothes hanging out in the garage that have been waiting to go to St. Vincent’s for a while. We also have some old monitors and computer towers I want to chuck, and an old rat cage we’ve needed to get rid of for like, two years. So when I get home from work, I am going to go on a spree of packing stuff up for recycling. I’m geeked about it. :D

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Wow, that sounds amazing.. especially the free LED Christmas lights. Those things aren’t cheap! What city are you in? It sounds like they’re really giving a damn.

      • pop top says:

        I’m in Lansing, capital of Michigan. Our city has had regular free computers/metal recycling drop off days a few times a year for the last two years, but this is HUGE. They will probably have to extend the hours because I can see this getting out of hand pretty quick. I’m lucky because even if the hubby and I fill up our two cars with stuff, we’re so close that it’ll be easy to do another trip. This is perfect timing too because we’re moving next summer and have just started our big “Purge o’ Stuff”. :D

  9. dragonfire81 says:

    How would you handle this situation?

    The company where I work is opening another location soon not far from the one I currently work at. They’ve hired a new person in to train them to become a keyholder at that new location. Our store currently has two keyholders, myself and another girl. There’s a possibility though that when the the new store opens, we’ll only need two keyholders total (one for each store) meaning we now have three possible keyholders for two positions. Both myself and the other key have been with the company over two years. My manager has decided that if we end up only needing two keyholders, she’ll determine who those two people will be based on who gets the best sales numbers between now and when the new store opens.

    So despite being a darned good employee for the past three years I could find myself busted down to 15 hours a week (I get around 35 now) and lose my keys if our new hire can sell better then I can over the next month. Our other long term key isn’t too thrilled about this either.

    My problem is I don’t really know what to do about this. Obviously I will work hard to sell but if the new hire works harder then I’ll still be up a creek. I think I should talk to my manager but it seems the company could care less how long you’ve been with them. I should note I am by no means a bad salesman. Obviously I must be doing something right to have been gainfully employed for two years.

    Any and all help appreciated.

    • Tracer Bullet says:

      get a new job

    • pop top says:

      On the one hand, seniority is important when considering someone for a promotion/new job, but on the other, wouldn’t you also want your hard work taken into consideration as well? Just because someone has say, 10 years with a company doesn’t mean that they are a good employee, and the opposite is also true (someone could be there for only one year and be amazing). I wouldn’t get mad at them for wanting the best person for the job, experience and merit-wise. I would take your issues to your manager and talk it through with them though.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I bet they probably want the new person because they can pay them less. This competition thing is probably bogus. It’s all about money. That’s why Circuit City fired all the experienced people and hired warm bodies for minimum wage.

        I would start looking. They don’t have to know you are. It just smells like boolcrap to me.

        • pop top says:

          That’s a good point too. I was talking in general terms of seniority vs. actual work output. But yeah, re-reading what dragonfire posted, your idea makes more sense.

    • evnmorlo says:

      Doesn’t sound like you’re competing with the new guy, but with your current colleague. Persuade her that both of you should quit in protest, and then don’t quit…

  10. Cantras says:

    Can we get an update on http://consumerist.com/2010/09/unexpected-work-transfer-and-an-upside-down-mortgage-create-sticky-financial-situation.html ? I really, really want to know how that went, as much as that guy can tell us, if you can reach out to him or something.

    Motivating myself for a job hunt sucks. I need to go out and find a place where I can make copies and/or computer images of various things in my portfolio. I hate this economy and I hate myself for giggling at an internship posting with harlequin instead of jumping at it when I was in college. I would love to have the experience and knowledge of protocol even just to do freelance or something. I can edit like crazy but that’s no good if my editing is off-standard, you know?

    Still no WoW. Exile may break soon, with the pre-expansion stuff beginning to come out. Will wish I job-searched harder. :/

    • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

      I keep trying to motivate myself to search for a new job. This one doesn’t challenge me at all. … but I’ve gotten kind of comfortable here and it’s been a while since I’ve pushed myself to do something new.
      Good luck!

    • Blueberry Scone says:

      OMG, yes, I want an update on that story, too! I think especially because a few of us got it in our heads that the OP is an assassin. It’s nice to know they have problems like the rest of us.

      About freelancing – I lucked out with a great freelancing job just by opening my mouth. I know you know this, but I’ll say it anyway – tell everyone and anyone you know that you’re looking for work. You don’t know who other folks know, and you want *your name* to be on the tips of their tongues if they talk to someone who says “Gee, I wish I knew a freelancer. Know anyone?”

  11. ArcanaJ says:

    Still waiting to hear about a job, but this is a whole different job! Uh… vive la différence?

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      LOL!!!
      My sister says I should do proofreading to make extra money, but honestly with the glut of people out there and the fact that I can barely get anything done after work as it is (or at work LOL), I’m not holding my breath.

      I’m just trying to get Book #2 written. I think I’ll NaNoWriMo it but I won’t wait for November.

      • ArcanaJ says:

        Ugh, I don’t have it in me for NaNo this year, though I wish you all luck.

        This job I’m waiting to hear about is a little different. It’s not freelance, (though I’d still certainly take it if it was.) This is more of a *gasp* “grown-up” job. I know, your image of me is now totally blown.

  12. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    I see TPTB have devolved to using gratuitous, non-topical cat pictures again.

  13. ArcanaJ says:

    Good work, you!

  14. MaxPower says:

    I started a blog. It’s about trying to try something new each week. You should check it out and give me suggestions!

    http://www.myonenewthingaweek.com

    • pop top says:

      There’s a ton of stuff you could do at home, little crafty projects like knitting, sewing, crocheting, weaving, or upholstering, or do some canning, or make jams/jellies/preserves, plant a vegetable garden (or a flower garden) when the season’s right, build your own bird feeders, make your own suet, learn how to make clothing, glass blowing, learn a specific type of cooking (Chinese, French, Italian, etc.), pick up some conversational bits of a language, go boating, scuba diving, restore a piece of antique furniture… How’s that? :D

      • MaxPower says:

        I like the idea! My only concern is that I want it to be something I could accomplish in a week so the lines don’t get blurred. Then, again, I have also done a lot of the ones you suggested that would take longer than a week.

        Boating, scuba diving, and glass blowing are all great ones though! Those would be perfect weekend ideas. I’m also pretty vague on what’s considered new.. like I’ve been kayaking a few times but if I went to some new body of water to do it, I would count it.

        Love the suggestions!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Ooh, and check the paper weekly for things to do around town. You might find something to attend or try (a concert, an art show, a food event, a weird class, etc.) that you have never even heard of before. That would be a ton of stuff to write about!

      *kicks self* I need to make a post on mine. The last one was on Pirate Day.

      • MaxPower says:

        Yes, I try to look at some city specific sites for ideas. Some of my favorites include:
        funcheapsf.com
        sfgate.com
        7×7.com

        Next week’s adventure is actually an annual festival that I’ve been meaning to go to so you’ll have to read up on that!

    • Blueberry Scone says:

      I love the premise of your blog – you walked across Golden Gate? That’s awesome!

      • MaxPower says:

        Yea, it was really awesome. I think the downside is that the bridge tends to be foggy and freezing but I picked the perfect day to do it.

  15. Magspie says:

    This was gearing up to be a really crappy week. Hubby is out of town and I’ve got the kids on my own, plus I have a cold. But I got a bag of crap on Wednesday! I’ve been following woot nonreligiously for 6 years or something and this is the first time I’ve been able to score one. I’m ridiculously excited about it. So my week is crappy in a good way!

  16. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    My silence is broken! But only temporarily because Ive been ridiculously busy this week. I’ve barely had time to eat. Now back to the grind. Love the kitteh.

  17. Dustbunny says:

    Well, I got nothin’ this week for open thread…except – has anbody seen any new tv shows yet that they liked? I’m kind of intrigued by The Event, if only because JJ Abrams is involved in it, but I’m reluctant to commit to a show & get hooked on it, only to have it be cancelled mid-season.