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  1. Coffee says:

    Is it bad that the first thing I thought was, “Wow…that cat’s collar really sets off its eyes.”

    • firedancerbk says:

      Nope, I thought the same thing too…that and “I want that kitty!!!!” But then again I want every kitty I see.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I think it would be alright as long as it’s a lady kitty.

      It really does though, I wish I had thought of that for my kitties.

      Although they don’t seem to want to wear collars at all : /

      HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO ACCESSORIZE THEM IF THEY WILL NOT COOPERATE?!

      • Coffee says:

        I find that if you give them a cocktail of ketamine and rophenol, you can accessorize them to your heart’s content, and as long as you remove all the accessories before they wake up, they won’t ever remember enough to be cross with you!

        • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

          But Coffee, we’re talking about cats here. Remember, the dosage of ketamine and rohypnol (or GHB) is much lower for cats than for humans.

        • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

          That’s your answer to everything!

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        moar velcros

  2. CanadianDominic says:

    Can you make it a rule that if you don’t like PHIL posts to just ignore them?

  3. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDave‚Ñ¢ says:

    I have a feeling that Laura forgot DST, which is why we have early open threads.

    • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

      she might’ve had another appointment like last week

  4. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    WOoooooo.

    The Open Thread is early today! Yay!

    So… I have a new project in the scheme of “Dig Out From Clutter” and it is… paper control. Paper is one of the worst things for me. It just piles up. I save the shredding things, I save bills, and it all goes in piles. A couple of years ago I bought baskets, thinking that piles could go in baskets… well… the baskets got full. Then the piles got piled in other places… NOW IT’S TAKING OVER!

    I have a small filing cabinet, but it’s not set up in a way that I actually use it very well. I just got filing folders and a refill for my label machine. I’ve got what I need to tackle this problem… I just… don’t know where to start. I’ve never been a good filer. I don’t know what to file where. I don’t even really know what I need to keep or what I don’t. We don’t own any property, so it’s not even like we have more papers than most people.. it’s just.. out of hand, and I seem to be inept.

    I need a very basic “home filing 101″ type lesson, or something.

    I’m hoping “Piles of Paper” will be similar to “Mt. Laundry” in that it’ll be gone by the end of the weekend : /

    So that’s what I’m thinking about. Well, that and, would it really be better to replace a front lawn with fake grass instead of mowing and watering? But that’s stupid because I don’t even have a lawn to worry about. Yet.

    • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

      question about the filing; is going digital an option for you? I had a similar problem in the past b/c I save all my bills receipts etc, scanning and saving these things has made my life a lot easier. As far as Mt. Laundry, you and me both sister, although I hope to have it down to Laundry Hill by the weekend.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        I’m doing a lot more digitally these days. I have most of my bills coming that way and my main bank statements. I should convert the others, but I guess I need to make a list of what I need to do with that to get it fixed up.

        I have plans to get a document scanner, I just can’t afford to get it quite yet. We have a flatbed printer/scanner thing but it’s really frustrating to use, so I don’t really use it. I have a couple of options in mind, but we have other things to pay for this month (IRS. Grr.).

        I’m pretty much done with my Mt. Laundry… I only have hand-washables left. The best thing I did was go through all that stuff BEFORE I washed it and got rid of a bunch of stuff I can’t wear anymore. That way I didn’t have to wash it. Heh. Then, I got myself some fancy hangers so that I wasn’t fighting with the old crappy disposable mixture we had and it was actually just a teeny bit fun to put stuff away. I don’t keep disposable hangers anymore, they are the devil.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          this is why i scan all my medical/big purchase receipts in at work. the copy machine lets me email them to myself as a pdf.
          which reminds me, i need to scan in my a/c receipt and warranty!

    • slyabney says:

      Sources: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/how-long-to-keep-financial-records.aspx or http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98513,00.html

      As for filing, I set up a folder for each major thing: (medical insurance, car, car insurance, major applicances (for reciept storage/instructions/warranty), contract agreements (my apartment), and then utilities). I throw away anything over 2 years old as far as payment statements personally, but most I have in my e-mail. I’ve also converted as much as possible to no paper statements so I don’t have to deal with the papers.

      I also file with the oldest statement in the back of the pile and the newest in front, so it makes it easy to slip new papers in. I also have a file for important things (concert or play tickets, etc) so that I can easily find them. Every ‘group’ of items gets its own color folder: Insurance (Home/Car/Earthquake) are in one color, Utilities (routine like Gas/Electric/Phone/Internet/Cable) are in one color, Work related (pay stubs (don’t get any more since they’re online), 401k/IRA) etc. Then I can easily see which section I want and look for the proper folder. I shred or burn barrel all the senstive docs. When a folder gets too full, I find it a good time to review all the information in it and decide if it’s still good.

      Since I don’t get a lot of paper statements any more, I have a basket everything goes in and I sort things at least once a quarter.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Thanks so much. I think your color idea sounds really good, and I did get multicolored folders so I think I can make that work for me.

        I guess I just need to sit and get started and hopefully it’ll just work out. Or not. But at least I will have tried. lol.

        • slyabney says:

          My friends pay me to come set up their systems. It works out that I like filing things but you have to be comfortable letting someone else see your financial information.

          The hardest part is maintaining it, that’s for sure. Have to be super careful to make sure to file regularly so you don’t end up in the overflow situations. Good luck!

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      This is another reason I order online a lot, and when I buy in person, I prefer to charge big-ticket items. Both give me electronic records of my purchases.

      Here, Bankrate is a pretty helpful and objective site: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/how-long-to-keep-financial-records.aspx

    • chizu says:

      Personally, I’m not a big fan of astroturf or artificial grass. They are not absolutely maintenance free either. Maintaining a regular lawn can be a real pain, and it could be problematic if you have allergies against lawn too.

      The thing is, you still need to maintain artificial lawn, you need to go in and put down the fillings/rubber beads as time goes by and things get compacted. If it’s residential, you probably don’t need to do the maintenance/filling annually. Secondly, it’s also more slippery, so it can be more problematic. There are many types of artificial lawn out there, but from what I was told by a couple of soccer/sports player, the lawn is also harder on the knees and feet. It just doesn’t have the “bounce” that real lawn gives. I know your front lawn is not going to be the next event field, but that is something to think about.

      Have you thought about doing lower maintenance gardening/planting? (Xeriscaping) What about putting down ornamental grasses that would only require cut back once or twice a year? Couple that with low growing groundcovers? (Periwinkles are pretty tough and they sprawl nicely — but it also depends on where you live. I believe you live in Texas?) Just give them a good hack once a year to somewhat contain them. Considering how dry Texas is, I’d say xeriscaping is ideal, find native, low maintenance plants. They are far more attractive than lawns, in my opinion.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        I do live in Texas, but we are more on the green side of the state (Houston, right now, but we’re thinking of moving more north.) and during normal years we aren’t very dry at all. Houston gets lost of rain; just every few years we have drought and everything goes crispy.

        Xeriscaping would probably work if we lived in the country, but most neighborhoods here have HOA and they require a lawn. They might even have rules against artificial grass too, so who knows.

        I was just trying to figure out if mowing every week was really all that necessary. But like I said, we don’t even have a yard or a house.. so my brain is silly and distracted today.

        • chizu says:

          You might want to check local ordinates and see if it would supersede HOA rules on the whole xeriscaping thing. I think an absolute must on the lawn thing is stupid, but then again, I guess my HOA knows more on landscape architecture/environmental design than I do.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      i plowed my lawn under trying to kill it, so my front yard is now little piles of dirt and dead grass and the city still came out and made a fuss about some weeds they found in my backyard. because the backyard is being done tomorrow.
      fake grass would be better than fighting the city [i don’t live in] except that then where will my cats poop?

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        If you don’t live in the city, why are they coming around and bothering you about your yard? : /

        As far as the cat pooping goes…. I don’t really know. You could hose it off, but you’d probably be stuck with a pooper-scooper for the solids. That’d still be easier than dealing with lawn-mowing though.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          i keep asking them the same question about not living in the city but being subject to their whims. i bought the house in 2009 and in the summer of 2010 they started leaving me citations about my yard, half of which is forested. last october they decided that the baby shrubs i planted were weeds over 8 inches tall, cut them down, charged me for it and fined me. this time, i’m going to put mulch around all of the intentional plants, with garden edging and signs that say what the plant is so it’s clearly obvious that it’s a decorative planting.
          not sure it will help because these are the same people who cited me for having furniture on my “rear carport” – you know, the raised wooden one with a fence around it in the backyard? the one with the wrought iron patio table with a hole for a patio umbrella? the “rear carport” with a grill. WITHOUT a driveway!
          yeah, they can’t tell the difference between shrubs and weeds, nor between carports and decks.
          so it doesn’t surprise me that the city limits are also vague to them

          • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

            It sounds like perhaps your neighborhood got annexed into being under city rule since you moved in. That happens in our area all the time. Houston is gobbling up all kinds of areas, some even 100 miles out from the actual city.

            You might want to look into that.

            It sounds like they’re being really stupid/unreasonable to you though, especially about the deck. That just doesn’t make any sense to me at all.

            Would your new housemate be willing to help you with this yard stuff? I know it’s getting warmer out there.

            • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

              she tilled under most of the front yard and i did the rest. they went around to the back to inspect that also
              i haven’t been annexed but i know they are preparing to due to a road that’s been under construction for 10 years that will eventually go past my house. but i don’t pay city taxes or deal with city waste management or anything like that. i am still unincorporated county a mile outside the city limits.

          • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

            My township mower guys don’t know the difference between weeds and flowers. One year, I planted red sunflowers around my mailbox and paper box. I even added a little hosta at the base of each, and mulched a ring around the boxes. Then I mowed the right-of-way along the road so my neighbors could see when they were driving down the road as my mailbox is on a curve.

            One day I came home from work, and my sunflowers and hosta were gone, weed-whacked off right down to the ground. I called the township building and one of the supervisors came out, and agreed he’d have a talk with the guys, as clearly this was a decorative area and not weeds. I had to put a stone circle around the whole thing so they didn’t do it again.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Here you go. You don’t need to keep everything.
      http://housekeeping.about.com/od/getorganized/a/familyrecords.htm

      I have the EXACT SAME PROBLEM. I have finally gotten it somewhat under control. Six years worth of paychecks (weekly) from my last job are going into the shredder soon. Other than what I need to keep, I’m trying to downsize in case I have to move.

  5. DJ Charlie says:

    Doing good here. Saw the cardiologist last week, and I’m slowly improving, but picking up a bit of apnea (no machine needed yet). Broke my cane earlier this week (well, bent, but still), so I’m looking for a new one. And we’ve started building the roof for the Lady’s parking space!

  6. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    still working on the raccoon issue. i might move the cat door to a window that’s inside the fenced area where my dog goes. the cats are not afraid of the dog but the raccoon is.
    the state wildlife commission says i cannot take action against the raccoon because it’s not hunting season and it hasn’t caused enough property damage. i don’t want to kill it anyway.

    i made something because i want some consumerist commenter feedback: i want to know how much you guys are paying for pay tv, or if you already cut the cord, how much you used to pay.
    because when i asked people about what kept them from internet streaming tv/movies the biggest single response was for the cost of the content [29% of responders] so i want to do a cost analysis and i need a larger sample size.
    please?
    http://catastrophegirlsrokuchanneldata.blogspot.com/

    • DJ Charlie says:

      $89 a month for Dish, 119 channels (they keep removing channels!!!). Got a Roku on the way, but te wife won’t get rid of Dish. :(

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        699 roku channels as of last night. will your station’s roku channel be lucky number 700?

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I responded to your poll, but we pay $88 for the TV portion of our bill. We have AT&T Uverse u200, which is everything short of the movie channel tier. We actually only don’t get one channel I wish we did, (Planet Green by Discovery) because it is somehow tied into u300 instead. DVR is included on our plan, but we pay extra for HD service.

      I probably could do without it, but I haven’t made that jump yet. I am afraid they will go through with their plans to cap our internet usage and then I will be stuck. I guess if they really did do that though, we could go back to Comcast : /

      Netflix isn’t nearly as good as it used to be. I kind of wonder if I added on the various services I would want to replace the paid-tv would I still come out ahead? I already pay for Netflix streaming, but I would probably need to add Hulu+, and the DVD section of Netflix. I dunno.. I hadn’t really given it that much thought.

      $88 a month does sound high though….

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        i was paying 87 for directv before i cut it. which was essentially $22 an episode for doctor who. everything else i was willing to give up or found elsewhere. laura northrup is the one who told me i could get doctor who on amazon for $2 an episode. huuuuge savings

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      My total cable and internet bill is $110, so I probably pay around $60 for cable. We don’t cut the cord because there’s enough that comes on TV that we enjoy. We could buy every episode of TV and it would be cheaper to do it that way, but not everything is available (which diminishes our experience) and we like live sports.

      We actually still have Netflix, too, because we are watching other television shows that we have missed (like Downton Abbey) and don’t want to buy episodes. $9 a month for unlimited streaming is really great.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        live sports is a big cord cutting killer for a lot of people. MLB, NHL and NBA are easier to get but NFL is a challenge for football fans – it’s just hard to get without some sort of package.

        i’ve found downton abbey overlaps and is available on hulu plus, amazon prime and netflix.

        • pecan 3.14159265 says:

          Well, the problem is blackouts. If I lived somewhere else, I could subscribe to an online package and watch my team that way. But because I’m local, all I would get is a blackout because the local cable channels get the game most of the time.

          • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

            and unfortunately it doesn’t look like blackouts are going to change…. it’s so stupid

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I’m paying $27 for low-tier DirecTV right now, but I’m going to have to dump it soon since I’m unemployed. One more month (I missed the date to do it before the next billing period) and it’s gone. There’s nothing to watch on this stupid low channel thing. Everything else I can see online.

      If I had my way, I’d go back to the higher tier and get all my channels back. I miss my medical shows on Discovery Health, there’s no WE, and I lost a bunch of other stuff I watched. :(

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        how is your internet supplied? i was able to recently confirm that my TWC coax for cable internet also supplies me with 47 channels of basic cable when plugged into my digital tv. Cat told me what kind of tuner to get for the analog tv’s so i plan to get one for my roommate. plus roku and with playon transcoding from my pc i get all my DIY/FOOD/HGTV/travel channel, etc.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          It’s DSL. My node gets congested and the roku doesn’t always work because the stupid thing has an intermittent signal from time to time. My laptop doesn’t have too much trouble, but poor little roku gets all confused. Yelling at it doesn’t help. ;)

          I cannot afford cable internet. I already checked. Even with a bundle it’s way too much here.

          • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

            did you get the LT or a roku2? i’m not sure if the LT has adaptive bitrate but the roku2 models do. people with congestion issues like yours often prefer the older models [N1000, N1050, roku1] which will buffer until it’s ready and then play. less confusing for the roku. when i had just an N1000 and crappy internet mine would buffer for up to 30 minutes but at least i could be prepared: start the movie THEN go pop the popcorn and fix a beverage.

            • HogwartsProfessor says:

              LT. It often starts and then I get “Loading….” and a lot of times “Can’t find wireless” when my computer is getting it just fine. Poor little challenged purple thing. I usually give up and just watch Netflix on the puter.

              • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

                the roku and the computer are near each other? is there a difference in their heights in the room or furniture in the way? specifically, do you have any ikea foil furniture [billy bookcase, expedit] in the way? a fridge or microwave between the roku and the router?
                the wireless card on the computer just might be better or oriented in the right direction

                sorry your roku isn’t working out as you had hoped

                • HogwartsProfessor says:

                  In the same room, no appliances in the way. The computer has no problem. I really think it’s just that my DSL isn’t good enough. There isn’t any real reason for it not to work. I bought the LT because I didn’t have enough money for the other one.

                  • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

                    there shouldn’t be a difference in the wireless between the roku versions though. the difference would be more likely between the wireless card in the roku and the wireless in your computer. my netbook is much better at wireless than roku.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        you know what, you should just come on over to http://www.internettvforums.com/forum/ to get more info on ditching directv while retaining as much of your favorite programming as possible. there’s only a few of us there right now so we can really answer questions one on one.

    • Fineous K. Douchenstein says:

      Roku question for you. Is it a requirement to have a Roku box to run Roku channels? I’m planning on building a media server at some point and want to be able to stream things :)

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        yes, the roku channels only play on the roku box. unlike boxee there is no software package to run them on a pc

  7. nrich239 says:

    One month down at the new job and loving it. I actually do things with my day than sit and watch netflix. New commute sucks but its a minor inconvenience. Also helps that the new company frequently gets free sports tickets (Flyers & Phillies) and I’ve been to 3 free events in the 5 weeks now.

    • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

      I’m envious, haven’t gotten down to The Money Pit this season yet, out of curiosity where do you work?

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

    I’m going to see Titanic 3D this weekend!

    Other than that, I got a raise recently… but our HR system sucks and it didn’t update my info correctly. So, I have to wait another few weeks before I see it on a paycheck (with back pay, though.) Also, starting next week my SO will be finally hired on as an employee (not a temp) and will also be getting a raise and bonuses. We’re pretty excited for the extra money!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      back pay is fun. it makes the check look really nice. don’t splurge!

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I am torn about Titanic 3D. Part of me wants to see it for the cheese-factor, and the other part of me wants to slap that part of me for being silly.

      Also, 3 hours of wearing those glasses….. ugh.

      I look forward to hearing your opinion on it though, I don’t know anyone who has actually seen it yet.

      I don’t remember how many times I saw it in the theater when it came out, but it was a lot.. so I have clearly given ole James enough of my money… or.. my mom’s money.. lol.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Aaah, I keep forgetting to see if I have the movie. I think I do. Don’t wanna go to the crowded theater to see it in 3D. I was planning to watch it tomorrow.

      Maybe I’ll play a little Titanic: Adventure Out of Time. The old desktop will still play it.

      • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

        I own it on DVD, but I’m excited to see it on the big screen again!

        I’ll be sure to tell Jenny you said “hi or GTFO!” ;-)

        I’m sure you’ve been invited to our super secret, exclusive club before, right? You just might find her there!

  9. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    Nothing much to report except my Dad is doing really good after his hip replacement last Monday. His hip pain is gone, and yesterday we got a dual motor lift chair, and he’s a lot more comfortable. He’s walking with his walker, and tomorrow or the next day we’re going to make our first excursion outside to the garage.

    My Mom, on the other hand, is a basket case and is driving us both crazy. She fusses and worries enough for 100 people, and I am worried about her state of mind. Here’s an example. We changed my Dad’s bandage yesterday, and there was staining on it from the betadine solution. I threw it out, and took the garbage to the road as it was pickup day. Later, she called the doctor’s office because Dad had some swelling in his leg (which is normal) and was convinced that he was going to be readmitted to the hospital. The doctor’s office said we had to come right down, so we did, and he once again reassured us that swelling and bruising was normal. She pulled out the bandage that I had thrown away and showed it to the doctor, and he confirmed what I said – it was betadine and there was nothing to worry about. I was absolutely mortified. Oh, and we had a leg check on Monday too when we went for blood work because she called the poor doctor late Sunday night about bruising and swelling, WHICH IS NORMAL.

    Dad is fine. Mom is a registered nurse, but none of us, including a very experienced orthopedic surgeon, can get this through her head. I’m ready to ask for a sedative, and then give it to her so she relaxes! Honestly my Dad has the patience of Job as I don’t know if I could deal with Mom 24/7.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      which is worse? smothering or neglect?
      maybe she will get so worn out from worrying that she will have to go lie down for a couple of days and give you a break
      hope you find chloe soon
      i have developed an OC myself and am working on convincing it to come close enough that i can grab it for neutering and vaccinations.
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/catastrophegirl/6909751198/in/photostream

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoRw6XT61n0&context=C4b7880cADvjVQa1PpcFOA9eRw4PBqspnMeLa93qLqRmA1SzBg4UE=

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        My OC is hanging out in the shed today. She won’t come out but runs if I try to go in there. I think she just wants to chill but I’m anxious for her to come out and see the new jute bally I bought her.

        She has a poofy bally and I wasn’t sure she ever played with it. I tried to get her to do it for the camera one time:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgi1BeKBgNo
        (Ignore my stupid babble. The box was so she didn’t have to stand in the cold wind to eat; she won’t come in the garage to do so.)

        I think she’s camera-shy. Yesterday though, I looked out the kitchen window and SHE WAS BATTING IT AROUND!! I hope she likes her new bally. :)

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        When you put it that way, smothering vs neglect, smothering is definitely better. Mom is getting tired, that’s for sure! I’m hoping to steer her into some other activities this weekend.

        Your OC looks skittish, soon, but what a nice looking cat. I often wonder why people dump them off or if they just don’t like their current circumstances, and set off into the world looking for new people to own.

        GUESS WHAT GOOD NEWS! I was just going to post that I hadn’t seen Chloe for over two weeks, and my inside diabetic cat meowed from the kitchen, so I went out to feed her, and lo and behold, there was Chloe outside the kitchen window with basement cat look-a-like! She’s just fine and friendly as ever. No idea where she was. I picked her up and she rubbed my face like she did before. The more I think about it, I should get them both fixed and get them rabies shots & keep them as outside cats.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          YAY!!!

          DO IT. They’ll be better off if they are protected against rabies and spaying and neutering only makes sense. I’m lucky my neighbor took care of that with Pig before I got her.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          look for rescues in the area that offer low income spay/neuter days and low cost vax. we host one here a few times a year that’s $10 per cat.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          here, like this
          http://www.snapofpa.org/

  10. KyBash says:

    I just finished checking with a borrowed antenna — I can sorta-kinda-almost get two OTA stations (that’s besides the local low-power which will probably be disappearing later this year).

    Roku / Netflix / Hulu / etc. don’t carry what I watch most.

    Just this last week, I missed the middle of a movie I’d waited three months to watch (it’s not available on DVD or through any rental service). I’ve loved my DirecTV for years, but the receiver is going bad, and it’s just impossible to get them to repair/replace it. I finally got a confirmation e-mail that they’ll cancel my subscription at the end of the month.

    So call me an idiot, but I’m scheduled for Time Warner to come out Tuesday to hook up cable. I don’t know what choice I have. I can’t even get DishTV (no clear line of sight to their sats). I live in a small town, so Verizon, att, and other services aren’t, and probably never will be, available.

    I’m a lamb going to slaughter. At least they’re not making me pay for the blade (no install fee) and it’s $26 a month cheaper for the first year (even after it goes up, it’ll be about $2 cheaper).

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      what do you watch most that you are missing on roku? if i can help you find it, i will

      • KyBash says:

        I’m mostly into classic movies — everything from late silents to early noir. Netflix has the most, but even they’re painfully thin on most libraries, and when it comes to foreign films of the 20s and 30s, nobody has much.

        Mosfilm now has a greater presence on YouTube, so that could take up a little of the slack, but not enough.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          netflix may not have them but on roku there’s moonlight movies, drive in classics, pub-d-hub, movie vault, the internet archive [standalone channel or inside nowheretv,] vintage audio and video, moviesplash, retrovision, and flixstreamtv. most of those are free

  11. Phil Villarreal says:
  12. HogwartsProfessor says:

    WEEEEEKEEEENNDD—wait, I don’t have a job. Every day is a weekend for me. Except for the payday, that is!

    FINALLY getting some stormy weather. I was afraid it would never rain again.

    Sent a resume to someone on an older job post on Wednesday, and the guy called me like five minutes later to come in for an interview that day. He said they were about to make a decision and then my email came. It seems like a nice place to work. The office is one of those upscale-looking things in an office park. I would need a new wardrobe for sure. :P It sounds great and pays what my old job did. He said they would let me know soon either way. The only thing I don’t like is that it’s kind of far down toward the other end of town. But for the right job, I’ll make the commute. (It’s a receptionist position btw). Was hoping to get off the front desk, but all the other posts want accounting and I can’t do that.

    I almost don’t want to go back to work. There doesn’t seem to be any point. No job stays nice; they all go downhill, or the people start sucking or something. I wish I could just stay home and do stuff.

    I got the kitchen painted (just the walls) Monday. That was NOT fun. The color is the same tone as the green before, but not the sickly bluish 1950s green it was. It’s a little warmer and more spring-ish. I’m going to paint the cabinets white and the woodwork at some point, which I think will brighten it up considerably. They’re all really crappy cheap wood, since this is a stupid post-war cardboard tract house, so paint will only improve them.

    I’m going to plant some tomato plants too, in pots. I want some fresh ‘maters. :) I got seeds and will start them soon. I got a cheapy little greenhouse/stand to put them on outside.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      here’s what happens when you smush a rotting tomato into a container of potting soil and leave it alone aside from weekly watering
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/catastrophegirl/6915256276/

      i didn’t think they would ALL come up. so now i need to separate them and either put them in different pots or in the ground. i suspect that if i don’t put them in pots the city will call them weeds and cut them down and charge me for it. even though i have several neighbors with front yard gardens.

      too bad you can’t call your house “vintage” and sell it for more

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I could, if I could ever get the bathroom fixed up. The entire thing is falling apart. It needs a new furnace too. Hopefully I can get some assistance with that before it kills me with carbon monoxide.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          seriously? the furnace is busted and arson didn’t occur to you?

          • HogwartsProfessor says:

            LOL it did, but I think they would be suspicious if I moved all my good stuff out first. ;)

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Good luck with the job! **keeping fingers crossed**