Thursday, August 19, 2004

Frustrations of the 21st century

It's raining here...not very heavy. Certainly not "Singing In the Rain" heavy. Been doing that since this morning. Having rain in August is a rarity in Texas. It just doesn't happen. I'm grateful that I can go out in my garage and tell the sprinkler system to not water this week, but the weather seems to have some unfortunate side effects. My power is off and yes, I paid my bill.

How, you say, can you blog while the power is off? I say, UPS baby. I have six UPS units in the house running various hardware. A 250 running my satellite receiver and multi-switch in the master bedroom. A 650 runs my wife's computer. I have a pair of 1500s that run my entertainment system, although the one that runs the satellite, VCR and TV in the living room has taken to shutting down after 30 seconds...I gotta figure that out. The other one is running my home stereo so I have that, or I'll have that for another 30-45 minutes maybe which will give me the chance to hear a song or two between commercials...I hate modern radio! I also have a 1400 running some computers in a front bedroom and a 650 that runs DSL, hub and wireless router which is why I can still blog...on my laptop. Ah, batteries are wonderful.

Now for the rant. Why the fsck does my power go out on a regular basis? And I'll guarantee that the power is on across the street and in the apartments behind me. it's only my friggin' side of the street with no power, which means I can't get anything out of the fridge and my truck is trapped in the garage.

Now I know what you're thinking but wait, my story get's better...

The "better" part if you can call it that is that TXU (the local electric company) has a phone number that you call when your power goes out. Since we switched to online billing, that number/computer no longer recognizes me as a customer, and the electric company never calls you back when you have a problem so I can only hope that other people on the block are also reporting outages. Otherwise I'm screwed. The last time the power went out, it died at exactly 8:30 in the morning and it was out for almost exactly 12 hours, which leads me to believe that it was shut off intentionally. Now the power went out at exactly 12:30 and knowing this company's history, I'm afraid I won't get it back for a long friggin' time.

Holy shit!!! Hold the phone!

TXU just called my cellphone to check the status of my outage! I love how they always ask me to check all my breakers in the house to see if they've tripped. I've never seen that happen however I'm a good boy and I checked them anyway. Nope, power still out. I guess I'll go walk around in the rain looking for dark neighbors because, "I have no reports of an outage in your area." They never do.

I wish I had a whole-house generator and a shit-load of diesel.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

A questionaire

This is a goofy quiz I lifted from Mr. Blonde's Garage, who creatively acquired it from North Georgia Dogma, who got it from Dr. Weevil, who copied it from Res Ipsa Loquitur who grepped it from Tony, who doesn't blog anymore, so the trail got cold.

1. WHAT COLOR ARE YOUR BEDROOM WALLS? Crimson Red.

2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? I rarely read books. I can't process the information fast enough so I stick to satellite.

3. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I don't have one for my laptop, but my workstations have a SouthPark mouse pad.

4. FAVORITE BOARD GAME? Trivial Persuit, 80's Edition.

5. FAVORITE MAGAZINE? See question #2 above.

6. FAVORITE SMELL? Newly mowed grass or a rain shower.

7. FAVORITE COLOR? Blue.

8. LEAST FAVORITE COLOR? Pink.

9. HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOUR ANSWERING MACHINE PICKS UP? 4 without messages, 2 with messages.

10. MOST IMPORTANT MATERIAL THING IN MY LIFE? There's a tie: My house (because I'm finally out of that damn apartment) and my computer (because it keeps me in touch with everything).

11. FAVORITE FLAVOR OF ICE CREAM? Cookies and Cream.

12. DO YOU BREAK THE SPEED LIMIT DAILY? Yes, but not by more than 5-7 miles per hour. When the local cops bought LIDAR guns I gave up on radar/laser detectors and speeding.

13. DO YOU HAVE A STUFFED ANIMAL IN YOUR ROOM SOMEWHERE? Yes, but they were gifts from me to my wife.

14. STORMS - COOL OR SCARY? Cool. Weather facinates me.

15. FAVORITE DRINK? Pepsi.

16. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY? March.

17. FAVORITE VEGETABLES? Carrots and cucumbers.

18. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Philanthropist.

19. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY COLOR HAIR, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Just what I have. I don't mind them turning grey as long as they don't turn loose.

20. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE? Currently.

21. TOP THREE FAVORITE MOVIES (IN ORDER)? GEEZ, ok. 3) Star Wars 2) Star Trek - First Contact 1)Raiders of the Lost Ark.

22. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS? Yes. I learned touch-typing in high school and find it is the fastest method for me to jot down my shreads of drivel.

23. WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED? Dust Bunnies.

24. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NUMBER? Another tie: 42-The answer to everything and 47-The answer to everything Star Trek.

25. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH ON TV & IN PERSON? TV-NASCAR on Fox/FX. TNT/NBC coverage sucks. I don't like any sports in person because I can't afford to buy good seats to anything.

26. WHAT IS YOUR SINGLE BIGGEST FEAR? Disappointing my family.

27. FAVORITE CD OF ALL TIME & RIGHT NOW? What's a CD? Kidding, just kidding! Boston (All of them). Boston always picks me up.

28. FAVORITE TV SHOW OF ALL TIME & RIGHT NOW? Of all time: Star Trek: The Next Generation (really season 3 forward). Right now: Alias.

29. HAMBURGERS OR HOT DOGS? Hamburgers.

30. THE COOLEST PLACES YOU’VE EVER BEEN? My first camping trip with my brother to Lake Murray in Oklahoma.

31. WHAT WALLPAPER AND/OR SCREENSAVER IS ON YOUR COMPUTER RIGHT NOW? Mike Bonnell Wallpaper that matches the silver look of Windows XP. Starfield Screen Saver keeps the system resources low.

32. DOES MCDONALD’S SKIMP ON YOUR FRIES & DO YOU CARE? McDonald's sucks! Wendy's or Chick-fil-A if you please, and no, they don't skimp on the fries and yes, I do care. I'm paying for them after all.

33. FAVORITE CHAIN RESTAURANT(s)? TGIFriday's. I used to work for them.

34. IF YOU HAVE A BOY (OR HAVE ANOTHER BOY) WHAT WOULD YOU NAME HIM? Wesley (Wife's pick) although this may allow for him to get the shit kicked out of him at school.

35. IF YOU COULD LEARN TO PLAY ONE INSTRUMENT OVERNIGHT, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Piano.

FWGMills

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Reading all about it

In my search to pass the time between interview call-backs (yes, I'm looking for work) I've been reading about a dozen blogs and message boards. This is very interesting because I'm still trying to find something worth a crap to write about. I guess I'm more analytical than artistic. I've never had the ability to just "go with the flow" when it came to being spontaneous about my musings. I rely on structure heavily in my life. Not to the point of OCD or anything, but I have certain ways of doing things, certain things I do and certain times I do it. That's one of the reasons that there are so few postings in this blog...I just don't have much to write about because there isn't much going on in my life right now. Doesn't make for the best reading, I know.

One thing I've found is that anything I don't want to do, such as cleaning or organizing, will get done quickly once I start it. I used to whine and complain about doing stuff like yard work because who wants to do that crap when it's 90 degrees outside and the humidity is 147%? However I've found that my wife and I can get it all done in about 1 -1 1/2 hours if we just do it! I know that a certain amount of planning (henceforth known as The Plan) is required so that you don't just do stuff off the cuff.

"Russians don't take a dump, son, without a plan."

And when the nasty-task is done it gives you a sense of pride, like the room is new again. It turns from someplace that you wouldn't want your worst enemy to see because of the clutter into someplace you'd hang with your family.

Hell, what do I know. I'm just rambling.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Not much to say

I created this blog a while ago, and I've been busy looking for a job. I just haven't had much to say, not that anyone is reading anyway...except myself.

FWGMills

Saturday, May 22, 2004

Posting by email

I wanted to see what this would look like.


FWGMills 

The problem with people can be narrowed to 3 things:
1) Nobody pays attention
2) Nobody takes responsibility
3) Nobody cares

Day One, and welcome

Well, day one on my new text blog. What the hell to say...

I decided to try this because I used to have a spot on my website called the Funhouse where I would post one joke file a week like Elf Bowling and pictures sent to me by email. Fortunately I was discovered and linked to, unfortunately the number of downloads of the file in question (Cats in the Kettle Shockwave file) drove my bandwidth limit over the falls and I got a bill for over one thousand dollars from my hosting provider. That was the death of the Funhouse because I can't afford that kind of traffic.

There may not be much to read on this for a while so I can tweak the look and feel. I want to discipline myself to update it at least once a week. If it turns into a therapy session I'll start posting once a day.

Thanks,
FWGMills (more on that later)