Waiting in Line

What Grinds My Gears: Has anyone told you to wait in line for them, especially at a supermarket or retail store. I was at Costco today getting some stuff (think Pringles, M&Ms, and 3 Musketeers…), and was reminded all the times my dad or mom would ask me to wait in line while they go get more stuff. I’m fine when the line is long, but as you get closer and closer to the cashier, you start getting nervous and since you’re not the one paying, when will they get back? I’d rather be the guy who goes fetch for the item. At least then I won’t feel the pressure. When it comes to be your turn, you end up giving your spot to the guy behind you until he/she returns.


Random Crap:

Monterey Park School Vandalized (from lsiymle) – Hillcrest Elementary School administrators returned to campus Saturday to find its classrooms ransacked, chairs thrown askew and windows broken after vandals broke in. Hillcrest was the elementary school I attended from kindergarten to 3rd grade, at which I transferred to Bitely for G.A.T.E. Still brings back memories of teachers like Mrs. Stassi, Mr. Schreoder, Mrs. Murphy, and a couple others that I can’t remember. Sad to hear that it got vandalized.

Eleksen Introduces Electro Fabric (from /.) – Eleksen, a small UK-based firm is introducing electronic fabric, essentially carbon-embedded nylon sandwiched between layers of nylon mesh that, when a milliamps charge is passed through it, can recognize touch (and it’s location), pressure and even the direction and path of a stroke. This thin, flexible, durable and washable fabric connects to a small 8-bit processor, which then can be connected to a standard electronic device like an iPod. The iPod, or whatever device you’re using, delivers power to processor and fabric. This looks really neat! It’s even machine washable! Be sure to check out the gallery.

The Forbes Fictional 15 (from /.) – To qualify for the Fictional 15, we insisted that members be both fictional (in the sense that we excluded mythological and folkloric figures) and characters (meaning they are part of a narrative story or series of stories). Great wealth was required to be one of the primary attributes of the characters on this list–in other words, we looked for characters that were known, within their universes, for being rich. Quite an interesting 15 with Santa Claus being #1. Someone posted a Santa Claus Timeline. Not really sure where this originated from, and Google wasn’t much help, but it’s quite interesting to see this fabricated.

What’s your favorite weather site? I used to check out weather.com or wunderground.com. weather.com was too bloated in my opinion and wunderground didn’t always find the closest city. So I googled “weather” and I found: weather.gov. I didn’t even know such a site existed and it’s actually exactly what I’m looking for.

Glowing Flowers Touted As Floral ‘Bling’The flowers appear white in regular light but emit an eerie green glow for several hours in the dark, FloraHolland BV said in a statement. I don’t know if I’d find that romantic. It’s sort of creepy. Girls, what do you think?

Wife is losing the checkbook tonight… (from ungsunghero) – quite an interesting thread.

I knew we were hurting financially (supporting family of 4 on one salary is hard), but this I was unaware of:

Date Posted Description Amount
12/1/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/29/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/29/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/29/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/29/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/28/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/28/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/28/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/25/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/23/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/22/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/22/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/22/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/18/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/17/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/16/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/15/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/15/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/15/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/15/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/14/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/14/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/10/2005 *OVERDRAFT CHARGE -29
11/10/2005 *OVERDRAFT CHARGE -29
11/10/2005 *OVERDRAFT CHARGE -29
11/9/2005 *OVERDRAFT CHARGE -29
11/9/2005 *OVERDRAFT CHARGE -29
11/9/2005 *OVERDRAFT CHARGE -29
11/9/2005 *OVERDRAFT CHARGE -29
11/9/2005 *OVERDRAFT CHARGE -29
11/3/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/3/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/2/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/2/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/2/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/2/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
11/1/2005 *OVERDRAFT CHARGE -29
11/1/2005 *NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE -29
TOTAL -1102

Apparently she’s been writing checks left and right for who knows what. Heck, if she was awake I’d be dealing with this now. As it is I’m confiscating her checkbook. Grrr…
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Update
She woke up around 2am. I was still up. I showed her my printout of the account, her response was to start blaming me.

They were all checks. Some of the places she bounced with were resubmitting the checks, so it’s not as many actual checks as it appears. However, her response was that I don’t give her enough money. Which is strange since I have direct deposit to the shared account.

Anyway, I took over paying bills and confiscated the checkbook. After a long fight we both mellowed and are going to relax and see what happens.

As for online account management, yes, I have that setup. I just wasn’t watching it closely since she has always done our finances. Last night was the first time I checked. And that was because I wanted to know why there wasn’t enough $$ in the bank to pay the rent.

I make $60k a year. That should be enough to pay our bills.

Unfortunately, because of the hole she’s dug by writing checks left and right on money that we didn’t have, it looks like this is gonna be a really crappy Christmas. I feel for the kids.

The interesting thing about this is that he actually makes $60k a year. That’s actually quite a bit of money, even with a family of four… I wonder where it all goes… He made it sound like they live paycheck to paycheck.

The Light Before Christmas (from deadlock) – remember that christmas light video I posted awhile ago. There were doubts of its authenticity, but snopes goes to dig and finds out the truth: This display was the work of Carson Williams of Mason, Ohio, who spent about three hours sequencing the 88 Light-O-Rama channels that control the 16,000 Christmas lights in his 2004 holiday lighting spectacular. The musical accompaniment is broadcast over a low-power radio station so that it is only audible to visitors tuned in to the correct frquency and doesn’t disturb the neighbors. That’s actually pretty sweet!

Parkour Chase Scene (from deadlock) – this chase scene is actually choreographed really well!

Food critic Coren wins British bad sex awardCoren won it for a raunchy passage from his debut novel “Winkler” which included a description of the main character’s penis “leaping around like a shower dropped in an empty bath.” “It was the overexcited shower … which clinched the deal for Giles Coren,” judges said. “That and the endlessly long sentence, which squirms and wriggles like the shower head.”

Sexsomnia..The Canadian province of Ontario plans to review a court decision that acquitted a man of sexual assault charges because he suffers from “sexsomnia” and was asleep at the time of the incident. At first I had a hard time believing such a term existed, but after googling the term, you can see the research and information regarding this at Sleepsex.org.

Christmas fire (from deadlock) – this fire’s amazing! But I have a hard time believing it was done in real time. The only true reference that’s available is when the lamp ring falls down, but one can easily slow down that section of the video and speed past the rest.

Find x
(from deadlock)

Leeroy Jenkins – I was first told of this video by stanman about some hilarious event that happened in the World of Warcraft. Leeroy Jenkins is actualy just one player’s alias on WoW and he made the dumbest move ever caught on video. While the rest of his team was strategizing, he went out to get chicken and missed the entire plan. And it sounded like this whole fight was for him too! Though I didn’t really find it “that funny”, it was amusing. But you know it’s funny when even Alex Trebeck uses him as a $1000 question: Who is Leroy [sic] Jenkins. He even has a website dedicated to him: Leeroy Jenkins.

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