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Saturday, September 27th, 2003
5:50p - Sending A Cable To Hell
So Roni's Cable died today. Yesterday, actually, from what was recorded before it decided to die...

Now, those of us in the Bay Area have been subjected to these ads from Comcast for months about the evils of satellite dishes. You know, how unstable teh service is, those obnoxious contracts, crappy customer service. Maybe they've been showing them nation-wide, maybe not.

But hey have them here, and they've always annoyed the crap out of me. Taking the most incompetent and unapologetically stupid people they could find to justify the horror of the dish and presenting them in a market where technical expertise is, on average, a tad higher than it might be elsewhere in this great nation of ours pisses me off.

Then the almighty cable dies for the second time in two weeks (acknowledged as a part of a major upgrade in the area by one of the many service calls we've made today) and we get nothing but static in trying to get it fixed. I literally am THIS close to going out and getting Roni a dish, just so we can have the satisfaction of telling them to take their pissant cable and shoving it until it comes out of their nose.

Making things worse is that Roni splits her cable with two rommates, and they make it really hard to even schedule service without information Roni doesn't have immediately on hand. Even swapping the box was a major deal, where they wanted a LETTER from the guy who's name is on the bill (something the obnoxious phone person neglected to tell us). Fortunately they let it slide this time. Gee, thanks...

Of course, I already was sure it wasn't the box. When we got back, the new box did nothing to bring it back. The soonest we can get someone to come out to fix it is October 16th... three weeks from now. Poor Roni is ready to melt down, as things are kinda tight this week for her, so TV is pretty much her sole form of entertainment.

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6:20p - Run For Lives... Yo Sang!
So, kshandra called yesterday looking for a ride to dinner and karaoke, and Roni and I decided it sounded like fun. Thus began an great evening...

We had a hell of a time getting out of the city, so we were running late as it was when I realized (halfway down 280, when the only sign of civilization was Stanford's radio astronomy dish) that we were sucking gas fumes. I finally pulled into the a service station in Cupertino and filled up -- 14.5 gallons. Which, considering it's a 14 gallon tank, was kinda amazing.

Got to K's, where she emerged wearing a wonderful top and practically vibrating in a good way (as opposed to Yo's tendency to just vibrate). Despite being a good 30 minutes late getting to San Jose, we were only about 10-12 minutes late getting down to Redwood City, which is respectable Pagan Standard Time.

Dinner was okay, though the morons behind the counter kept screwing up Roni's order: She wanted a chicken salad salad, with some chopped hard boil eggs tossed on. Somehow, in spite of giving the order about six times, they brought a CHINESE Chicken Salad with OUT the egg. When we sent it back, they brought it back with the chicken strips, WITH the egg. Third time we got the chicken salad, but when she started to eat she realized that all they had done was remove the strips of chicken and added the salad. BZZZZZZZZT! Thank you for playing!

Well, for dessert we got frozen yogurt a short walk away. I ordered a SMALL cone, and got this monster that was difficult to finish at best. After that, we headed off to the American Legion hall a few blocks away soo all could watch Yo humilate himself.

Mind you, the only reason I got up there was so Roni would sing. SHE can sing... at best I bellow. I wound up doing "Only The Good Die Young" (perfect for the lapsed Catholics in the audience), my old school song (the Kinks "Lola"), and my short tribute to the recently late Robert Palmer, "Addicted to Love". Roni did "Love, Me", "Caberet" and "Nobody". Roni sounded wonderful, I sounded out of breath.

We left around midnight so we could make it back to the city before we reverted to pumpkins. We'll have to do that again... maybe with an even larger crowd, next time.


current mood: artistic

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10:33p - From the "Calling It As It's Seen" Dept:
Saw this on Yahell, and HAD to laugh myself silly:

North Korea Calls Rumsfeld Illiterate Psychopath

'Nuff said.

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