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Goodbye Old Droid, Hello New Droid

I finally had it.  I could not take it anymore.

After having a crazy week, and having a penchant for scripted, zombie-like ‘customer service’ personnel, I was forced to ring Verizon Wireless.  Usually, I don’t mind calling them, they have almost always been courteous, prompt, and responsive.  Usually.  But, since I had to return my original Motorola Droid after having it for a few days (touchscreen had lagging response) after the November launch, it would appear that Verizon was hesitant to sent another one.

Many know that Google’s Android operating system runs on the Motorola Droid.  As such, GMail is completely integrated with the OS and phone.  So, when if I’m not getting notifications of new email, this is a huge problem.  Huge.  I’d already missed countless emails from customers requiring my attention. With a bit of reluctance, I phoned customer service at 7:30pm.

After an unusually long wait time, 15 minutes, I spoke with a very nice lady in customer service.  Gave her the low down with all the phones problems, and most recently how the phone said that the last message I had was from 11:08am.  Utterly impossible.  When I logged in GMail via PC, there were over a dozen message waiting to be read.

Predicatably, she said, “let’s do a soft reboot.”  As we waited for my Droid to power back up, I pointed out to her that while rebooting may fix problem, I’m not going to be spending my day powering my phone on and off to get my emails, what would be the point of having a smartphone in the first place?

Opened GMail, and there, for the first time, it didn’t fix itself.  I reported my findings to her.  I gleefully offered to take my phone, right then and there, to any Verizon Wireless store to ‘prove’ my findings.  She said she would need to transfer me to tech.  Of course.

Off I go.  Wait, I do.  To be required to tell my entire story,yet again.  Sigh.

Mr Tech Guy seemed nice enough.  He read over my account and I recanted my end of this day’s phone issues.  By the end of it, I was exasperated and finished.  I need a working phone.  Must have a working phone.

He said he send one out, right away!  YAY!  Goodbye old phone, hello new DDrrroooiiiidddd.

Motorola Droid exchange.

In the market for a new home?

It would appear that some sellers have gone to great lengths to ‘attract’ buyers to their properties. This is one such case I ran across the other day.. I had to post.


My favorite part is how the multi-colored pennant flags..fantastic.

note to self

Trader Joe’s Sliced Soy Cheese.. not Vegan



2nd ingredient, Casein. DUH!


and also, NOT VEGAN


That’s right, MorningStar Farms Bacon Strips. Why…well let’s just say, the #1 ingredient is, egg whites.

I am an ass.

So, to my very dear Vegan friends whom I totally screwed up dinner for…if you ever let me make food for you again, everything will be from scratch.

Religulous in four words.

Watch it. Funny shit.

Reuters + Twitter = YUCK!

So, i’ve been an active Twitterer for quite some time, long before it was ‘hip and cool’ with its popularity becoming disgustingly mainstream.  About 2 months ago I started following Reuters, thinking that a great news agency would be a smart choice as most online news outlets use them to get their “news.”  Apparently Reuters has decided not to hire a “Twitterer-in-Chief” and instead just “Twitter Bombs” (new word, just made it up) their page, which in turns makes me want to throw my Blackberry when my screen locks up because of all the new messages coming in, Twitter wasn’t designed for batch processing, RSS Feeds were.  I cannot express how very annoying this is.. sorry Reuters, it’s not you.. it’s me…goodbye and good luck.


Jarritos (Made in Mexico) crash…

Swinging through the grocery store, in need of some spinach tortillas, I saw some new (to me) beverage on special in the store. Almost every time I go shopping, I try to pick up something new.. and this had all the qualities I look for. jarritos-limeFirst, it’s a beverage. This is perfect because I don’t have to buy anything, or prepare anything.. and if I don’t like it, I pitch it. Second, it’s in a glass bottle. What a great throwback. We,, in America, decided some 15 years ago to go to an all plastic society which has always had me pondering; what do kids nowadays throw at mailboxes in the middle of the night?? Thirdly, it’s sweetened with natural sugar, not some of that overly refined crap (High Fructose Corn Syrup) that so many companies have gone to. Sure their saving money but fattening their wallets and our nations (as well as global) kids in the process. Sad to see 75-100 yr old brands going this route. Fourth, pre-chilled. Need I say more. I may poo-poo Americanisms from time to time, but heyyy, instant gratification is.. well, gratifying.

Got home, went to twist off the top and instead ripped off a bit of skin. Ahh, no sissy ‘fake top’ for the lazy types here. Good thing I didn’t try to enjoy this beverage in my car, would have been annoyed that it wouldn’t have been ‘instantly gratified’. I guess Mexico still carries those old soda machines with the built in bottle opener.

The Jarritos tasted great, glad I chose Lime. I consider lime as a standard when it comes to beverages.. if a company can’t get a simple flavor like lime, I walk away.. no need to test grape, fruit punch, etc. There was just the right amount of carbonation, much less than their American competitors but enough that made it quite tasty. Speaking of which, the taste immediately transported me back to the end of my t-ball games eating those Slushies. Some may disagree, but I thought the sugar content was a bit high but doable (once.)

All was very well.. enjoyed the product, satisified with my purchase, happy not to have thrown my money away. That’s what I thought, until about an hour later. CRASH CITY!

Holy cow, I didn’t really get a ‘sugar high’ but boy oh boy did the crash hit me. I located the bottle and looked at the sugar content (something I normally don’t do) and there was 28 grams of sugar in that bottle. Not too bad, but thankfully companies have found that consumers love reading labels quickly and go, ‘hey that’s not too bad for me’. Oh, crap, there’s two serving in one bottle!!! WTF?  That means there is approximately 14 teaspoons or 4.6 tablespoons of sugar crammed into 13 ounces of liquid. And by the way, w-who anywhere opens a bottle (a 13.5oz one at that) and puts it back in fridge to enjoy that ‘second serving’ later??

Garfield minus Garfield follow-up..

guess I am that “last to know” guy… when it comes to the Garfield Minus Garfield site. While following some links from a tweet, an article posted in the Washington Post came up.

Morning Coffee with Jon

Last March I posted that I thought that once the fine folks at Garfield would see this site, a cease and desist order would be imminent. As it turns out, Davis has a great sense of humor, go check out the article for yourself.

Thanks Jim!!!

What’s could be even ‘cooler’ is that Dan Walsh could take this artwork and then have a book printed!!

Garfield Minus Garfield book

current view

not really tired… and I need to be asleep. too much on my mind. thought i would share the less-than-snowy view outside. We received a good amount of snow, but it’s all melting now. Bah!

View of street outside.

View of street outside.