Thursday, October 12, 2006

Repeat after me......

I'm putting you on notice:

I will be giving notice in the future when I find place that can appreciate me as an employee, has a good and positive work enviorment where I want to come to work and will pay me what I'm worth - which is a wage that will not have me living at or below the poverty level.

These are all things I do not have in my current position at (insert company name here).

This message is here for my roomie, to remind her that she's in need of a new job and will find one, before Year END - then she can tell the flake-oids she works for to BLOW!!!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Murphy's Laws: Of Combat

I've been a fan, or victim, of Murphy since I could understand the most basic of his laws:

What can go wrong, will go wrong.

He's been in my back pocket, looking over my shoulder and putting his nose in my business for longer than I care to admit, although there is an occasional respit when he's visiting some other poor soul.

The list to be found at Murphy's Laws of Combat had me giggling during a typicaly dull meeting today. Many are very scary when you think about them, so don't think if you have family and friend in the military!

One of MY favorite sections is short and to the point!
  • 71. Friendly fire isn't.
  • 72. Recoilless rifles aren't.
  • 73. Suppressive fire won't.
  • 74. Interchangable parts aren't.
  • 75. Guided missiles aren't.
  • 76. Perfect plans aren't.
  • 77. Final Protective Fire doesn't.
Just read, and enjoy - but watch out for the giggles!!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Pirate Count Down: T-11 days and counting

Sept 19th is the official "Talk Like A Pirate Day" and we'll begin counting down today with a link to an educational video on how to include pirate lingo into your every day life.

A Pirate Lingo Lesson

Please study well to prepare, so you's not be walkin' the plank matte.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

When is a fish not a fish?

I have gold fish (crackers) at my desk that I put into a small plastic bowl so the packaging wasn't crackeling during a meeting... and I then had a fit of giggle and the biggest kick out of having a "Gold Fish Bowl" on my desk.

Yes, I am easily amused!

Carry on, nothing more to see here folks.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I'm a Pirate - who knew!

You scored as Captain Jack Sparrow. Roguish,quick-witted, and incredibly lucky, Jack Sparrow is a pirate who sometimes ends up being a hero, against his better judgement. Captain Jack looks out for #1, but he can be counted on (usually) to do the right thing. He has an incredibly persuasive tongue, a mind that borders on genius or insanity, and an incredible talent for getting into trouble and getting out of it. Maybe its brains, maybe its genius, or maybe its just plain luck. Or maybe a mixture of all three.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Caution: Being helpful can be expensive!!

My buddy Serra, who's now in her new home, was chatting with me a couple weeks ago about trying to reach her Beo about an unexpected surgery for her other brother Darryl, I mean Ghost. Beo was on a Cruise to Alaska with his musical group, housemate Mark and Mark's partner Charlie. I found out Mark and Charlie were along for the ride when I sent a IM to Gapey (before her meany employers cut her off) and she said she'd send a text message to Beo, but wasn't sure when he'd receive it.

Knowing what was going on in Serra's world, and wanting to do all I could to help, I decided to look up the ship/shore phone number for the Sapphire Princess and leave a message for brother Beo to ring back to Mom or Sis (Serra) or at the least check email when he had a chance and confirm the info on Ghost was received. After finding the info and choking on the $8.95 per minute for each call, I dialed the number, entered my credit card and punched in correct number for the ship I was trying to reach (15). The phone rang and then came back with a fast busy signal. So much for technology. I tried a couple more times and decided either the line was busy or they were not in the right area for a good satellite hook up.

I tried again later, but each time the only reply I received was the fast busy signal. 7 times I tried, and that's a bunch of times entering the credit card number, expiration date and zip code of the billing address.

At the end of the day, I was moving money from one account to the other, for some purchase at Club Hel*Mouth (Sam's) and almost fell out of my chair when I discovered one of my accounts was overdrawn almost $200. I FREAKED. Looking at the activity in the account (below) you can see that for each attempt to contact the ship, my card was 'held' for $98.45. HUH? No where in their message did it say they would start off trying to charge my card for a 10 fucking minute call that NEVER CONNECTED!! Not to mention - the entries popped my overdraft protection not once but TWICE.

06/22/06 CHECKCARD ACTIVITY -$98.45 (pending)
06/22/06 CHECKCARD ACTIVITY -$98.45 (pending)
06/22/06 CHECKCARD ACTIVITY -$98.45 (pending)
06/22/06 ADVANCE FROM ODP ACCT +$98.45 (pending)
06/21/06 CHECKCARD ACTIVITY -$98.45 (pending)
06/21/06 ADVANCE FROM PDP ACCT +$98.45 (pending)
06/21/06 CHECKCARD ACTIVITY -$98.45 (pending)
06/21/06 ADVANCE FROM PDP ACCT +$84.96 (pending)
06/21/06 CHECKCARD ACTIVITY -$98.45 (pending)
06/21/06 CHECKCARD ACTIVITY -$98.45 (pending)

Panicked I called my bank and asked them to put a note on my account, in case the activity actually posted, I wanted it on record that I called when I saw what was happening. The guy at the Stage Coach Bank was very nice and said he'd put a note on the account. He said that most of the transactions should 'go away' the next day, after processing and that since some of the transactions were done late in the afternoon, so they would not clear up for two days.

Two days later, the account was back in the black, the pending transactions and the over draft movements gone and the only thing I remaining for clean up was a $17 entry from the ship/shore folks. I called and politely asked them to reverse the charge because I had hit zero at during one of the calls in an attempt to be hooked up with an operator, but their offices were closed. "No problem" - I was told but it could take a day or two for the credit to occur. In two days, that money was returned as well.

I chatted with Serra the next day and discovered that Beo had called later that night, and he'd been informed of all the happenings in the real works while he'd been playing with the fishes. Serra's safely back in Wisconsin and it looks like Ghost's "Scope" can be counted among the successes. (I'm taking that for granted because he was able to drive!!)

I'd do it again in a heart beat, just so you know, because it was something I thought I could do that would help a buddy out. But you can bet next time I'll use a real credit card, not my VISA Check Card when entering the numbers so that I'm not without funds for two days. Lucky for me, I had funds in other places, or it could have been very ugly!!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Friends don't let Friends . . . .

. . . do lots of things:

Drink and Drive
Buy Ugly Shoes
Kiss the guy at the bar (no matter how cute) just cause they're a little tipsy
Wear Colored Animal Print Spandex
Remain in Bad Relationships
Suffer a Bad Day Eating Ice Cream alone (even if lactose intolerant)

wait .. go back one..

I have a buddy who's in a bad relationship and wants out. It's not that it started out bad, and she stayed - like those women who can't seem to loose themselves from the boyfriend that is beating on them... Though she's as stuck, if not more so than some in that situation.

She and her "Honey" had lived in their very own house until one of the auto makers in Detroit decided to farm out some of their work and Honey was laid off. After much struggle to stay a float with odd/temp jobs they were forced to leave their home behind and move in with Honey's mother and brother.

I don't know about the readers (I still have one or two right?), but this could not have been a decision made lightly - I don't know ANYONE who would wish to return to the home where their partner grew up - back under the watchful eyes of the "family." I've moved back with my parents once, out of necessity, but we moved out on our own again as soon as we were able. (but that's another story!!)

There are several posts on Serra's bloggy that explain the trials and challenges in her living situation, and if you feel the need to be angry on her behalf, please do so. And if you find you'd like to help, and you have a few bucks to spare (you can forgo the coffee for a day or two!!) and a paypal account, please donate to the Scented Relief Fund at (w/o the nospam).