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  1. MaytagRepairman says:

    The Home Depot BBQ article brings back memories. Some 10-15 years ago my dad asked for a gas grill for Father’s Day. His only demand was that he didn’t want to assemble it. My brother agreed that he was going to assemble it himself.

    My brother and I took his Cavalier Z24 convertible ~30 miles to the nearest Sears. They only had one left in stock of the model we wanted and it was already assembled. We drove the entire way home down the interstate with this grill rocking in the back seat. We enjoyed laughing with the many people who gawked at us as we passed each other.

    I haven’t owned a gas grill in nearly 10 years. Maybe I will buy one this weekend. No, I don’t have a truck and don’t know anybody who has a truck. No, I live too far away to rent a truck for 70 minutes @ $19.99. No, I won’t complain. I will do what we did back then – just figure it out the best we can.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      The comments on that article dissapointed me. A customer wanted a product, un touched, new in the box, and HD has none. Then the employees acted pissy and disrespectful when asked to check on un-assembled product. That screams of bad customer service, but so many blamed the OP and wanted her to just deal with it. Deal with it? This is a customer-oriented blog. I was just gobsmacked.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Me too, Loias. There’s nothing wrong with wanting an UNOPENED product.

      • Jawaka says:

        If they didn’t have a non assembled one in stock then really her only option was to deal with it, or order one.

    • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

      This picture goes nicely with that article, but I didn’t have a chance to post it before.

      Yeah, it happens to be from a Home Depot.

  2. Invader Zim says:

    Father stuck paying is on the list twice.

  3. El_Fez says:

    This post needs more Star Blazers!

  4. KyBash says:

    In the spirit of fairness — DirecTV was actually great about my dropping service.

    Their standard procedure requires the subscriber call them (so they can talk you into keeping it?), but it took only an e-mail to them explaining that I can’t use a telephone for them to set a date. There was a little confusion about the last bill (they originally said I’d receive it within 10 days, but what they meant was 10 days after service ended). They prorated the final month properly, and I received a refund check promptly.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      as a previous directv subscriber who cancelled a year ago, be prepared for monthly envelopes asking you to come back.
      what did you cancel in favor of? other services? cord cutting? nothing?

      • KyBash says:

        I switched to cable for a number of reasons —
        1) My old receiver was dying, and I knew getting a replacement would be a complete blotch-up (it would have to be an SD unit mailed to me and activated online, three things they’re famous for not wanting to do).
        2) The dish was recently knocked out of alignment, and getting a perfect signal again was going to be a major hassle.
        3) They kicked one of my favorite channels into a higher tier.
        4) I’ll save about $25 a month the first year, and it’ll be about the same thereafter. I’m getting far less channels in toto, but I lost only two that I ever really watched.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          My DirecTV is on supension for six months. I’m really not missing it all that much. I did that so if I get a job and decide I want it back, there won’t be any installation hassle; I can just call them and they flip a switch and turn it back on. I may just call them and say “Where do I send the box?” Heh.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        I’m getting those from Vonage. Emails too. Come back to us, and we promise to give you unlimited calling for 9.99 a month! We swear!! (For only a year, with a contract.) HAHA. No.

  5. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    looking forward to a busy weekend with a fundraiser sale for the kitties. moving furniture and boxes over there tonight but i can’t stand the heat so i won’t be able to help at the sale.
    very glad that when my roommate realized her insurance company took another payment out of her check after she changed insurance 3 weeks ago, she came to me immediately about being able to make the car payment and put gas in her car.
    we had a productive conversation about how i’d rather loan her gas money for 2 weeks than see her make a late payment on the car when she’s trying to get her credit fixed.

    i was seriously jonesing for something new in a video/computer game and it’s not in the budget. last new game i got was christmas 2010. instead i got my old sega genesis working and started replaying games i haven’t had out in over a decade, and went online to find really old pc games that have been remade for new compatibility. so i’ve been playing king’s quest III again since i never finished it back in the 80’s, and cool spot for sega.
    everything old is new again, and my consumerism has been quashed for the time being! yay for cheap fun

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

      The last game system I bought new was a Nintendo, with Zelda, back in the 80’s!

      Seriously, I would love to get a game system that has a gun so I can stand up and shoot at stuff in my living room. I don’t care what I shoot at, zombies, enemy soldiers, deer, doesn’t matter, I just think it would be a hoot. I have no idea what to buy, or what game title to look for, and since I haven’t played anything harder than Zelda or Super Mario 3, I know I have a huge learning curve. But – I’m ready to try new things!

  6. VintageLydia says:

    VintageKitty is doing… OK. Her tumor is growing steadily but the steroids at least got her back her appetite. She’s still not voluntarily eating (the vet said the tumor is probably blocking her nasal passage enough that kitty is probably worried about being able to breathe while she eats) but at least she’s HUNGRY and not fighting us as much when we feed her by hand.

    VintageBaby is a boy. It’s making planning a nautical-themed nursery much much easier and Mr. Vintage’s family is overjoyed. We’re just happy everything so far looks healthy. Also, being pregnant is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to me.

    I hope everyone has a good Father’s Day weekend! Anyone have special plans?

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I was going to drive over and visit my dad, but he doesn’t want me to, because he’s worried about my old beater of a car. I’ll call him at least, and make him a mix CD. He loves them.

  7. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    Today has just been crap. Woke up late, didn’t eat breakfast, got to work late, tripped on the stairs up to the office. Sidetracked by requests for help so I can’t get my project completed. I hope it gets better.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      It’s Friday, at least. If this were Monday it would suck even worse! I hope you don’t have to work tomorrow.

      • Fubish says: I don't know anything about it, but it seems to me... says:

        Yeah, but Friday is just one more day closer ro Monday.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Woke up late, went to make bacon pineapple rice and my morning coffee. After an hour, rice was still not done. Open cooker to find I forgot to add rice, and only the bacon, pineapple, and water. Went to drink coffee. Realized I forgot to add grounds. Was 10 minutes late for work because I needed to stop at Wawa to get food and coffee, but no one was paying attention to the order ticker, and had to wait 10 minutes for them to make it from when I ordered it at 4:30 in the morning.

  8. Bladerunner says:

    I have completed step one of my plans for world domination: Teaching Mrs. Bladerunner’s pet rats the “up” command. Soon they’ll be fetching me slippers, monitoring the conversations of world leaders, and pressing launch buttons! Muwahahahahhaha!

  9. scoosdad says:

    I know I’ve mentioned my dogs occasionally in posts here. Scooter who’s in my avatar pic was a great dog who passed away two years ago at the age of 13. My second dog Tiger had minor heart valve disease for a few years and then had what his vet is calling a heart attack about five weeks ago causing some serious damage. After being in and out of one of the best animal hospitals in the northeast (maybe in the country), he left me last Monday at the age of 13 years and 8 months. He was one of the most loyal dogs I’ve ever known and I put one of his pictures up here:


    Bonus points if you know the significance of the location of the picture. Another extremely loyal dog sat in that exact spot for a long, long time in a recent film.

    The house is not totally quiet now. A new dog, a 4 year old silky terrier, joined us about 6 months ago and I know his presence and energy helped keep Tiger going right up to the very end. Life goes on and the cycle continues.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Aww I’m sorry you lost your doggie. *hugs*

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      sorry for your loss. my dog is currently in “keeping him comfortable” stage. he’s still quite active and lively as long as his arthritis meds work, but his liver is enlarged and not working quite right, plus thyroid and gallbladder malfunction. i hate it for him but i guess it’s better that he, being a dog, has no awareness and is therefor not depressed

  10. CrankyOwl says:

    Kitteh says “yarrgghh”. Or “blarrghh”. Not sure which.

  11. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Here comes the boring weekend. Sigh. It’s been a shitty week.

    At least I get to skate tomorrow. I have new music for my freestyle test– “To Zanarkand” from FFX. Although it will be moot if I can’t get a job, since I won’t be able to afford the test / USFS fees. My coach has been helping me by letting me pay when I can, or otherwise teaching me for free. I’ve picked up a few bucks here and there by cutting other skaters’ music, but we don’t have enough people for me to do that regularly.

    Had two interviews last Friday and haven’t heard anything yet. I”ll follow up on Monday. Also, got an email for a stupid cattle call interview Monday for a front desk position at a dental office. “We had soooo many responses we set this up!!!” It’s at 6:00 pm. At least the cattle call is close by.

    Bummed about that, bummed that I can’t see my bf until Labor Day, bummed that he doesn’t seem to care, bummed that everyone I know is getting married / having babies. Can’t seem to get on that train no matter what I try. And I’ve tried it ALL. There really isn’t much point anymore. Perhaps I should just sell all my furniture and get in the car and drive until I run out of land. Or until my car breaks down like in Wendy and Lucy.

    To top it all off, I finally caught Psycho Kitty for her vet visit (shots) and they found she has a mouth infection. The vet gave her an antibiotic shot and told me to give her 1/4 baby aspirin Monday and then again yesterday, which I did. I have no idea if it helped. I can’t look. She seems better; I’ve been feeding her soft food until her little mouth heals. No wonder she didn’t want her kibble. I feel terrible because I didn’t know. See, I can’t even have a cat that isn’t a pain in the ass!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      glad you caught her and got treatment started before it got worse though.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        They told me I’d need to bring her back for dental care, but I just can’t afford it until I get a job. It’s way too expensive.

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

          I know it’s not as painful as a mouth infection, but one of my cats had chin acne. I never knew a cat could have such huge poppable pimples on their chins. After I shaved her chin, “expressed” the goopy stuff, and treated it with triple antibiotic cream, after a few weeks she seems to have recovered. Some of those pimples were pretty stubborn, and came back a few times before finally healing up. I bought glass dishes at the Goodwill store to keep it from coming back. The internet said that plastic dishes hold bacteria and somehow could cause chin acne.

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

      I often feel like running away, too. If I didn’t have my critters, and didn’t need to stick close to help my parents, I’ve dreamed about taking a few sets of clothes, some camping supplies, my credit cards, and stuffing it all in the Escape and taking off and just going until the credit card companies cut me off. I’d probably be on the lam for at least 3 or 4 months, and it would be fun, but then I would have no job, no credit, and a bunch of debt, and no house or pets.


      • HogwartsProfessor says:


        I won’t do it, though. No one else will take care of Psycho Kitty. I’m beginning to think that is the reason I was born. :P

  12. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    I passed my SORA exam. I am now qualified and licensed to be a security guard in NJ for 2 years!

  13. Thyme for an edit button says:

    I had an interview for a job in California this week and have another interview for a job in California lined up in 2 weeks. I’m so hopeful that I’ll get back to my home state and be closer to my family and friends!

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

    My only firm plans this weekend are to visit my parents and spend time with them on Father’s Day. Other than that, I have to get groceries and do laundry. OMG my life is boring!

    The weather is awesome, so I hope to take the dog into the boat launch for some swimming. Not sure how this will go, as he’s nearly blind from cataracts now, so I’m sure he won’t want to jump off the dock any more. We’ll see what happens.

    The Wild Wild West DVD, season 1 disc 3 came from Netflix today, so I’ll watch those episodes over the weekend at some point.

    Other than that, hopefully I can clean some more stuff out of the kitchen cupboards. My DNA won’t allow me to throw anything out that I may need in this lifetime. But – I don’t have any qualms about getting a bunch of stuff together and sitting it at the end of the driveway with a “free” sign next to it. :)

  15. tooluser says:

    That’s the first cat I ever saw that looked exactly like a soccer hooligan.