FUN: My paradigm shift at the recent wedding as I was taught a new wedding meme

Monday, April 30, 2012

Went 2 THAT wedding Saturday.

“We’ll see if I have the charm of my younger days and some beautiful young thing finds me young, thin, handsome, AND irresistible.”

… to my Russian co-worker, who wanted to schedule an early Monday meeting. She looks at me in her deadpan style mitt the thick accent and replies: “I C U. I schedule Monday meeting at 8!”.

After the rehersal dinner, as the Father of the Bride and I were leaving together, three “young” (30-ish) expressed graphically some interest. They must have been querying my “older” friend cause they couldn’t a been talking to me. Outside he and I got a lotta yucks out of that one. I have to go back to repentance again. I’m not sure who exactly came up with the very uncharitable comments — ‘Melanie Griffith” (our code for “Looks like a Working Girl”), “everyone is beautiful at closing time”, and particularly Not Zen like “that 1,000 mile journey can be seen on the your wrinkles”. And those were the bloggable ones.

At the reception, I got razzed about two female guests who expressed interest. One was just a “lost soul” and the other was on the hunt. Thanks to the Sister of the Bride’s Mother, who threw a key block to spring the running buck (me) to complete my run to the door. Yep, still got it. Yeah, I know. All it was, was that I was alive. ROFL!

And, thanks to the Husband of Bride’s Mom’s Sister, who thought it was hysterical to do something like “Hey have you met my friend John” every time “the tigress” cruised by our table. Glad to know my discomfort was SO entertaining. He was just paying me back for scaring him that my “reading” was really four pages long. He thought I was announce my run for Pope. It was a short reading that I reprinted and corrected. (Yeah, a fat old white guy injineer correcting spelling. What’s next? “CHURCH 10●19●62” wins a Pulitzer? More likely a “pull it sir; it blocking real books”!) Maybe I should HAVE read it as written originally from the Bride: “Don Ho Hot Love”! ROFL!!!

Sigh!

Oh well, on to work tomorrow. My Russian co-worker was correct. I’ll be back to the “fun” tomorrow.

If I survive the Beltway traffic?

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I survived.

The paradigm shift: SOME women saw me as “available”. And, at least, two made no bones about it.

The meme shift: Gone are the days when I can just go to a wedding and relax. Now I know how the chicken feels being chased around the barnyard.

Thanksgiving prayer: Thank you Universe for not making me, or letting me, do a “face plant” on the way to or from that sky platform. 

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FUN: Evaluating Taylor Swift as Sandy version 2.0

Monday, April 30, 2012

Overheard: Taylor Swift should star in a ‘Grease’ remake
CNN (blog)

Lately, I’ve thought Taylor Swift could probably [play Sandy], because she’s very talented. And my daughter, I’ve always thought she could.” What do you think of the idea of a “Grease” remake? And do you agree that Taylor Swift would be a good pick?

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http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/27/overheard-taylor-swift-should-star-in-a-grease-remake/

Overheard: Taylor Swift should star in a ‘Grease’ remake

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It’s probably only a matter of time before “Grease” joins “Footloose” and “Dirty Dancing” as classic films being remade for a new generation, and Olivia Newton-John knows it.

The 63-year-old actress told “Showbiz Tonight’s” A.J. Hammer that she’s not opposed to the idea of a “Grease” remake, and even has an idea on who could star in her role as Sandy:

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63? She can’t be. She’ll always be that demur timeless “Debbie Reynolds as Tammy” girl who morphs into one hot “every boy’s fantasy”. If she is 63, what does that make me? OLD!

And, I just realized I missed my chance (in my dreams) to win her heart!

Argh!

I would advise Ms. Swift — as if she needs advice from a fat old white guy injineer — to be very careful. I believe that she can pull off the role of pre-transformation tightly-emotially-wrapped Sandy with ease. BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), she might need a body double to out “hot” Olivia Newton-John’s Sandy as the more-tightly-physically-wrapped “trampy” vamp. I think that would be hard to beat. Boob job or not!

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INTERESTING: I find this unbelievable

Sunday, April 29, 2012

http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/thread-744542-1-1.html

Woman kills man by squeezing his testicles over parking dispute
Post time 2012-4-22 11:14:51

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During the fight, the middle aged woman manged to grab the man’s testicles, and squeezed them till he finally collapsed on the ground.

The man was immediately rushed to hospital, but unfortunately died there despite of efforts.

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Some how; I doubt this but it’s reported?

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SOFTWARE: MARSEDIT v3.5 (5031) has what I’d call a “user interface” bug; resolved

Sunday, April 29, 2012

MARSEDIT v3.5 (5031) has what I’d call a “user interface” bug. It doesn’t crash, but it doesn’t respond the same as the old version and the result produced is “livable, but not as it once was”.

The last version (number unknown) on the macbookair a keyboard <shift><return> would do a “line feed”, but not a “carriage return”. This version <shift><return> and <return” act identical (i.e., extra white space of paragraph in the post).

So how do I get what I want?

I liked the old output. MarsEdit’s value has just dropped from 5* to 3*. Because now I’m asking what else has changed and what other bugs have been introduced?

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Excellent support from the folks at REDSWEATER.

Within hours I had a response.

It was a UI change. To do the old <shift><return> is just a <command><return>.

AND, they immediately agreed there should have been a “Heads Up”.

They now go from 3* back to 5* in my book.

As they say in the war movies: “That is all. Carry on!”.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Yankees show class

Saturday, April 28, 2012

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/couple-catch-foul-ball-fail-to-give-it-to-heartbroken-child-tv-announcer-not-pleased/

Sports Couple Catch Foul Ball & Fail to Give it to Heartbroken Child, TV Announcer NOT Pleased

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 1:21am by Becket Adams Becket Adams

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During a game between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers Wednesday, one young fan almost had his world shattered when he failed to catch a foul ball tossed into the stands by the Rangers’ Mitch Moreland.

Instead, the ball was snagged by a couple who were quite pleased with their catch. So pleased, in fact, that they failed to notice the weeping, heartbroken kid right next to them.

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(Anyone who knows me, knows the story I’m remembering about Our Girl and her foul ball. This story demos her character. But that’s not what this blog post is about.)

What a pair of Scrooges?

What I found “inspirational” is probably the Spirit of Old George S watching “his” Yankees from his ultimate “skybox” and taking care of the problem with his usual direct style. The instrument he “played” was Kaye, who moved several notches higher in my book on this story. He was already up there; just ascended further. (Not as if that matters.) And either Kaye called down, or some in the Yankee org was really “on the ball” in this case in more than one way. Giving the kid a ball

“Bravo Zulu” to all who made that happen.

I’m writing a letter to the Universe now: “Dear Universe, Attention: Karma Department, Please schedule this couple for remedial education in empathy, sharing (as in the fruits of good fortune with your neighbor), and specifically “suffer the little children to come unto me”. I’m sure the innovative boys and girls up there in the “Good Karma” section can come up with suitable scenarios. I’m equally even more sure that the bad and naughty, working remotely remote in the basement next to the fires and torments, can come up a suitable response. Please ask them to tone it down a little. Supply tells me that we are running low on plagues and locusts. Priority for those is given to corrupt politicians and evil dictators. Please pass along my kudos on the last two that they took care for us. The first should have already arrived at the stable basement for a few eaons of <synonym for excrement> shovelling, and I’m told the second will be there shorty. I’ll appreciate your prompt response. And hope it’s up to your usual standards. Humor’s been a little thin in the head office as a result of the Midwestern Tornados. That reminds me to check how the West Baptist Church’s prayer request got on the Action pile without being routed to the SPAM folder. Guess well have to put a support request for Microsoft Ou`tlook Really Big Enterprise Version 9. When is 10 due? Argh. Signed, God”

Yeah, I know don’t quit my day job!

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OBSERVATION: WalMartians; their behaviors

Saturday, April 28, 2012

FROM MY POST ON FACEBOOK

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“Lord, if it’s Your Will, please don’t let me screw up the reading or do something else dumb. If it is You Will that I do that or worse, please make it BIG, so Amy can win Big Bucks on Americas Funniest Videos. … But if there has to be a screw up, I will happily cede that “honor” to her (wonderful?) Dad, my “Older” friend. … ROFL! … Dona Nobis Pacem.

p.s., Amy Dandola Amy, stop playing on Facebook, and get going.

p.p.s., Thanks for picking a hotel next to WalMart. Been for my morning “walk”. It was empty. How kool to wander the aisles. But have to report that a fellow WalMartian, while browsing on one side of an aisle rack (thus blocking that path) had left her cart !across! the other side of the aisle. Thus effectively blocking the aisle. I the spirit of your Day, I said an “Irish prayer” and detoured. It must be genetic to WalMartians?

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Maybe that’s my next book: “WalMartians; their meme, paradigms, and behaviors”!!!

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IPAD: Zagg keyboard. Did I get scammed? I think so!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I received the package. Opening it the packing slip. says “… ipad3 …”. However the instructions say “… ipad2 …”. Did you ship me the wrong one or are they interchangeable. If “interchangable”, then why did I wait and pay extra for the “ipad3” model? This has me wondering …

I await you answer.
fjohn

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I’m not happy because when I ordered there was no “back order”. After my order was in and sitting for a couple of weeks, then magically it was backordered. Since the ship date was a couple of days, what choice did I have? But even that slipped.

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On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM, The ZAGG Team – Matthew G. <questions@zagg.com> wrote:

Hello,

Thank you for contacting ZAGG, where we are Zealous About Great Gadgets! My name is Matthew G. and I appreciate the opportunity to assist you.

 The tracking number you have, 9405510200828351438398, is a USPS tracking number. You can look this up on USPS.com and find more information about your package. Please note that USPS tracking numbers are more of delivery confirmation numbers and do not provide actual tracking like UPS and FedEx do.

<<< Nothing like that is on the website. The confirm email points to those two vendaor to “track your shipment”!>>>

Please note also that USPS can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours to update shipping information. Since your order only shipped as of the 23rd of April, USPS would not have any information in their system about your tracking number. I would check over the next few days for any updated information on your delivery confirmation number.

I hope this helps! Please feel free to contact us back with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for choosing ZAGG! We appreciate your business.

All the best,

Matthew G.

Customer Service Representative
ZAGG Inc.
3855 S 500 W STE C

SLC, UT 84115

800.700.ZAGG(9244) (toll free)
801.263.0699 (o)
Nasdaq Symbol: ZAGG
ZAGG.com

— Original Message —

From: “reinke (reinke cc)” <reinke@reinke.cc>
Received: 4/23/12 6:45:59 PM MDT
To: The ZAGG Team – Darren S. <questions@zagg.com>
Subject: Re: order IC5629043

9405510200828351438398

I got this tracking number. But neither UPS or USPS find it.

Help?

fjohn

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On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 2:15 PM, The ZAGG Team – Darren S. <questions@zagg.com> wrote:

Hello Keith,

Thank you for contacting ZAGG, where we are Zealous About Great Gadgets! My name is Darren S. and I appreciate the opportunity to assist you.

I apologize for any confusion you may have experienced regarding your order. I see that order IC5629043 was placed on April 2nd, 2012. Orders placed through ZAGG.com orders typically take 1-2 business days to process and ship. This may vary depending on product demand, however. In order to assist you with determining the current availability of a given product, the expected shipping date for an item has been included on the product page itself.

Having said that, I see that the expected ship date for this order was is April 23rd, 2012. The ZAGGfolio on this order is currently experiencing inventory issues which has caused a delay in the shipping of this order. Our processing facility is working as quickly as possible to fulfill each affected order, and we expect inventory for this item to become available around April 25th, 2012. Nevertheless, we regret any inconvenience to you and acknowledge the difficulty this has caused.

Once an order leaves our facility we will send a shipping confirmation email. You can also check the status of your orders on demand via ZAGG.com. Log in to your User Account Manager to check the status of your most recent orders and view a snapshot of your order history. You can also update your account information. Take advantage of this service by visiting our website at http://www.zagg.com/support/account.

We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your interest in ZAGG. However, please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or comments. If you prefer assistance via a live customer service representative, our phone number is (801) 263-0699 or toll free at (800) 700-ZAGG(9244). Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5:30 PM, Mountain Time.

Thank you for choosing ZAGG! We appreciate your business.

All the best,

Darren S.

Customer Service Representative
ZAGG Inc.
3855 S 500 W STE C

SLC, UT 84115

800.700.ZAGG(9244) (toll free)
801.263.0699 (o)
Nasdaq Symbol: ZAGG
ZAGG.com

— Original Message —
From: reinke <reinke@reinke.cc>
Received: 4/18/12 11:52:51 AM MDT
To: “questions@zagg.com” <questions@zagg.com>
Subject: order

status on ic 562 9043?

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I think I was scammed. What’s your opinion?

ZAGGS is definitely “NOTRECOMMENDED”! 

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HERE’S THEIR AUTORESPONDER:

Hello reinke (reinke cc),

Thank you for contacting ZAGG, home of the invisibleSHIELD! We appreciate hearing from you and your email is very important to us. We will reply to your inquiry as quickly as possible. Most emails are replied to within 1-2 business days, but please allow up to 3 business days. Our hours of operation are Monday thru Friday, 8am – 6pm, Mountain Time.

If you need a replacement for your ZAGG product, please follow the below link for a quick instructional video: http://www.zagg.com/support/contact.php#hidden_replacementVideo

You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page below for information on our warranties, shipping, products, refunds, etc.:

http://www.zagg.com/faq

To help track your inquiry we have generated a reference number. Your message id 349264. Please add @zagg.com to your address book to prevent our messages from going to your spam folder.

Sincerely,

The ZAGG Team

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