Arbitrary Randomness
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Welcome to Michigan...... Snow today, 70s on Thursday
Monday, April 26, 2004
I don't think I told you the result of the AT&T bill (or, as previously referred to as A TTelephone company). I had AT&T at a previous residence, where the phone was disconnected over two and a half years ago. When the account was closed, for some reason, there was a $5.90-something credit. That took about 9 months and many phone calls to get a hold of that money, but that was ended sometime in the summer/fall of 2002. A month ago (March 2004), I received a bill from AT&T for like $17 or something, for some Universal Access Fee. I called to complain, and after waiting on hold for about a total of an hour over two days and two calls, they finally tell me that the charges will be cleared and the account will be closed, and I would get a statement in about a month (the next billing cycle) letting me know of this.

Well, on Friday, I got the statement. The statement had credited the account with the $17, but then had an additional charge for another $5 or so. Needless to say, I was pissed. I called AT&T up on Friday and talked to a very helpful representative that let me know that there was some glitch that charged this $5 to a bunch of people, and they were working on clearing that up. I told her that she didn't deserve to here my complaining, and she transferred me to another department where I released my anger. The guy told me that it would be cleared up, and that I would never have to worry about getting another bill from AT&T. I asked for him to send me a letter stating that. He said that they couldn't send me a letter, that they have no way of doing that, but that the account was closed and he was telling me I had nothing to worry about. Boy, that was a comfort since that's what they told me a month ago before this bill came. I told him I wanted to talk to a supervisor, and he said that the supervisor was going to tell me the same thing, that they could not send me a letter telling me the charges were cleared, and the account was closed. I said I still want to talk to the supervisor. He put me on hold. He came back about 5 minutes later to tell me that he was going to put in a request to have a letter sent to me, and that I didn't have to hold for the supervisor anymore..... that's funny, 10 minutes ago, you told me that there was no way of sending a letter to me, and now he can???? I told him I still wanted to talk to the supervisor. about 5-10 minutes later, I let the supervisor know the whole story, and he said that I should receive a letter in the next 7-10 business days.

I'm not going to be surprised if I don't get the letter, but I will call them back. In my frustration in talking, I forgot to get the guy's name to contact him if I didn't get the letter. Oh well, I'll just have to call back again. Stupid AT&T.
I saw something very humorous to me this past weekend. a squirrel had been getting to our bird feeder. While I am all for feeding squirrels as well as birds, I don't want the squirrel eating all the bird seed and scaring away the birds. This year we added a suet cake cage hanging from the bird feeder. Since we hadn't seen the squirrel on the birdfeeder before, and the cage was the only thing we added, I assumed that it was somehow using that to get to the birdfeeder, although I found it hard to believe since it was still a good 3-4 feet above the ground.

Well yesterday, I witnessed it. I was quite impressed. The squirrel got under the birdfeeder, and leaped straight up in the air about 3-4 feet, and grabbed on the suet cage with it's front claws, and climbed up the chain onto the birdfeeder. That wasn't the humorous part. Once I saw for my own eyes that this was what he was doing, I moved the suet cage onto the chain that the birdfeeder hangs from, so that it's not hanging so low. I was hanging a curtain rod by the doorwall, so I was looking out there occasionally, and after I moved the suet cage, the squirrel came back. He got his way under the birdfeeder and was kind of looking up at it trying to figure out how to get up there, and then he leaped straight up in the air again, but since there was no suet cage to grab on to, he came right back down. It looked funny just seeing him jump up and down like that..... after reading this, it's not has humorous as actually seeing it, so I apologize for disappointing you.
After reading this story, I wondered if Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dolly Parton were questioned.
Friday, April 23, 2004
Has anyone else had a hard time waking up this week? It seems more so this week than usual. I just don't want to get out of bed in the morning.
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
When they say that a contest is "void where prohibited", aren't they stating the obvious? Being redundant? Saying the same thing multiple times? Repeating themselves? (sorry, couldn't resist).

But this is the equivalent to saying "you are not legally allowed to drive over 55 mph where the speed limit is 55 mph"

by the way... system still down
It's kind of ironic that you get out of a meeting discussing how backed up everyone is, to get back to your desk to find out the system is down, and you can't get any work done.
Monday, April 19, 2004
I'm working on a theory...... although I'm not a psychologist, but I did take PSYCH 111 my freshman year of college, so that tells you I know absolutely nothing, but I think there is something here. I'm trying to figure it out. There is some bond that smokers have. It's got to be something related to the fact that they stand outside together to smoke. I think it's kind of like that bond that women have when the go to the bathroom, and have no problem talking with complete strangers while in the bathroom. If I were to major in Psychology, I think I would write a paper on it..... but since I didn't, I'll just leave it alone, and forget about it in about 10 minutes.
Something else I just don't get.... Hang ups on answering machines/voicemail. I'm not talking about the people who hang up when they hear the machine pick up, I'm talking about the messages where you actually hear the hangup. This means that they called you, heard the machine/voicemail pick up, and THEN decide to hang up. Are they thinking "I'm gonna leave a message, I'm gonna leave a message, I'm gonna leave a message Oh no, what do I do now?". Maybe it's something like stage fright. When the big moment comes, they are like a deer in headlights and freeze, panic, then hang up. I get these a lot at work. Another thing I get a lot at work is people who call, don't leave a message, and then call back like 5 minutes later. Or the people who send an email and call to make sure i got the email, or call and leave a message, then send an email to make sure I got the voicemail. I can see if it's something really important, but not on the everyday stuff.

And another thing.... the people who call who basically just tell me what they did, and don't really need any information from me. Here's a bit of background... I receive requests through an automated system. People will call me to let me know that they have submitted a request.... Super, I will look at it when I get it through the automated system. And EVERYBODY'S request is "high priority", "put this at the top of your list". I'm sure there are instances where this is true, but everyones says that all the time.

And then there are those softball managers that make you pitch when the wind is going crazy..... Just kidding, Russ.

OK, i'm done venting ....... for now.
There seem to have been a number of accidents where trucks have hit overpasses in the past 6 months or so. You would think the people who make bridges and the people who make trucks would get together, and agree on a height. Even so, bridges usually have their heights posted. Are truck drivers not reading this?

Some things I just don't get.
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
"I like to shop at the duty-free shop"
If anyone out there is looking for a hard-working employee, I'm here!!!!!
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
I don't understand why people are saying that these last games for the Pistons don't mean anything.... I totally disagree. I think they are crucial. Think about this, if the Pistons do make it to the NBA Finals, they have a chance to get home court advantage depending on who comes out of the West. They can't catch Minnesota or San Antonio, but could get home court over Sacramento or L.A., depending on how the final games go. Don't get me wrong, I'm not putting the Pistons in the finals already, but if they do make it there, they could be glad that they've won these last few games.
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
I have a line from a song in my head, but it's one of those obscure songs that no one knows but me.... well, i'm sure there are a few people out there, but I just keep thinking .... "where's the german soccer team?"
You ever realize something that you've never thought about, but when you realize it, it makes total sense, and you wonder if anyone else realizes it?

Like the other day, for some reason, it clicked that the word "President" probably comes from the word "Preside", as the President presides over the country.

Not that this was some great revalation, or on the opposite end, that I am an idiot for not noticing this before, but I found it interesting for some odd reason. Maybe it's because I'm odd. ("Why do they call your 'Red' ? "..... "Maybe it's because I'm Irish.")
Monday, April 05, 2004
All those in favor or Russ, Noli, and Bill to start blogging again, say "I".......... those opposed say "nay"
It rains a lot in episodes of The West Wing. In the first season or two, they used the phrase "I'm just sayin' " a lot. Not necessarily every episode, but I would say about every other episode.... I could be wrong, but I'm just sayin'
I think I might have a chance in the brackets if Kentucky somehow pulls of a victory tonight.
Friday, April 02, 2004
We're 66th!!! We're 66th!!! We're 66th!!!
Thursday, April 01, 2004
I thought that The West Wing last night was a clever concept, but they way overplayed the annoying TV Screen blinking thingy. That got old really quick, and it seemed like it was in almost every scene.

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