April 24, 2006

This ol' world spinnin' 'round 'n' 'round

(this post sponsored by the apostrophe!)

Lot's been happening around the ol' homestead. In no particular order:

1. Mookie is home from school for a week or so. Then she jets off to London for her theater junket. We shall have a house full of college girls staying over on Tuesday night before they leave. I have already been warned.

2. My wife and Mookie went out yesterday and bought a new digital camera for the trip. They already knew what model they wanted, but the knucklehead who worked there would not let them see the box ("I have to personally carry it up front to the register"). He also sold them the wrong media cards, which my wife would have realized if she'd have been able to read the box. So as annoying as it is having to go back there to exchange the memory cards, when my wife called to complain about it, the department manager copped an attitude, started mouthing off and then hung up on her.

Bad move. Now they have to deal with me. And I've already got corporate's customer service number and a whole evening worth of stewing built up. In fact, I think we might check to see if that camera is available at another store. With luck, Mookie gets her camera, the first store loses the sale (and if the Gods are smiling, chucklehead works on commision), plus I get to be a condescending jerk while I deal with the mental defectives at the original place. Believe me, if I see the salesguy who made the first screw up, he will be referred to as "that idiot" frequently and to his face.

Mistakes happen. This one could have and should have been prevented. And their version of "customer service" made what should have been a minor thing into a huge deal to me. It's personal.

3. The rocket launch this weekend was rained out, for me anyway. I know Russ went on Friday and saw some cool flights (and shreds), but Friday was "experimental" day when the guys who make their own motors fly, and I couldn't take the day off. Saturday rained like a mother all day long, and since the field is a plowed farm field, there was no way I was going to go on Sunday. I prefer music with my mosh pit.

4. Robyn and her new boyfriend and another friend were up on Saturday. Nice guy, she's happy.

5. I used the smoker again on Saturday. Yes, in the rain. I did a whole chicken (which cooked faster than I thought it would), and a roast (which cooked slower than I thought it would), and grilled zuccini, asparagus and pineapple. Toss a loaf of home made bread and home made mac & cheese on the table, and it was some pretty damn fine eatin'! We sent a good bit home with Robyn, and we still have a fair amount of leftovers.

6. Other stressful happenings which I'm not going to get into. These collectively could be filed under "no hilarity ensued".

More later. I mean, more posting... I'm done bitching. I think.

For now.

Posted by Ted at April 24, 2006 05:20 AM | TrackBack
Category: Square Pegs

I have GOT to get me a smoker.

Posted by: Derek at April 24, 2006 09:57 AM

1. Didja get a webc@m, too? (NOTE TO MY SWEETIE: I don't really mean this--I'm just trying to make Ted smile. Honest.)

2. If you didn't get a webc@m for 1 (above) maybe you can get them to throw one in to make up for it. (NOTE TO MY SWEETIE, PART TWO: Really, I don't mean this at all. You know how much I like making Ted laugh.)

3. Bummer. We had tix to the Nats first rainout, ourselves, and Nic's cousin & wife were in town and we tried to take them, too. Disappointment ensued, at least until we got to Dogfish Head in Gaithersburg.

4. Yes, but are you and Mrs. Ted?

5. We'll be down to help out with your leftovers.

6. Sorry to hear that, pal. Hope my comments on 1 and 2 made you laugh.

Posted by: Victor at April 24, 2006 01:07 PM

Just getting our cable net back after going down last night.Bunch of stuff to catch up on so in a nutshell I'm glad to hear things are going well for the gals.Plus,I would comment on # 2 but after having several posts recently pulled from TRF on that very subject regarding someone we both know I'm a bit sick of that whole issue.Besides that I don't wanna sound hypocritical and that's how it'll come off if I say what I think.Ask me about it the next time you see me.It's a long story.
Now as for the launch,you took the words right outa my mouth.It rained just a bit before I got there on Friday and it was already starting to show signs of things to come.When I saw Sunday that they had gotten 4-5 inches of rain the night before I knew there was no way I was getting into that waller fest.
However,it was totally worth the trip on Friday though.M motors kick ASS!Ear splittin', mind blowin', ground shakin',window bustin' kinda kick ass,too.
Well,Ted,I hope to see ya at Camp Snyder.If not perhaps I'll drop by TARC and take in the spectacle.

Posted by: Russ at April 24, 2006 11:11 PM
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