I've also been told I have little tact, so if this offends you simply ride on.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Rumble,Rumble... Rumble, Rumble

It's Thursday!!  When I leave work this afternoon I will be approaching my Hump Hour... I work 4 days in a row so I don't actually get a Hump Day, so a Hump Hour is going to have to do.

rumble, rumble

I'm in a fairly good mood heading into today.  I spoke to a nice customer service agent at Amazon last evening about my 'desk' situation, how things are not quite 'set.'  She was quite understanding.  Having already sent emails to Cymax, the company from whom I purchased my desk help.  What totally legitimized my complaint however was their weird email replies.  I had told them about the 'size issue' and their response was... well, for a second I thought Ionesco might have been sitting at the keyboard.  Here are their first 2 sentences:

"We are sorry to hear that you have received an incorrect item.  Regarding this issue, we would be happy to assist with replacements but do require a bit more information in order to proceed.

rumble, rumble

The customer service agent started laughing when she read that.  "They are responding to something completely different."  She sent one more 'official' email to Cymax from Amazon.  If there is no response Amazon will begin processing an 'A-Z Guarantee' in order for me to get a refund.  I don't think we'll hear from them.  They have automated their entire system.  Either way, I will be getting a credit, though I do wander what they're going to be doing with that desk.  I'm going to be ordering the same desk from David's Furniture in Mechanicsburg.  Wouldn't it be odd if that desk gets shipped back to Harrisburg?

rumble rumble

And what about that little Nicky Sandmann from Covington?  Doing the talk shows?  His lily-white ass looking all innocent?  Except he isn't talking about his MAGA hat... hhmmm.

rumble rumble

And in case you happened to have missed it, last night, around 11 PM, the Idiot Jerk in the White House


Rubble and debris is spreading well beyond the confines of the White House Lawn.  Even as I type repercussions are spreading across America.  Conservatives are clutching their hearts in pain.  Believe me, I have no doubt that Ann Coulter dropped to her knees and stared slamming her head into the floor.  And fat Rush Limbaugh no doubt threw-up his dinner, but then he lives on regurgitated lies so he's not really too upset.  So, this is how the Idiot Jerk in the White House makes a deal...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Out of the Box

Well it's Wednesday and I'm heading back to work today.  Ho Hum.
I was supposed to get my desk yesterday and... well, the delivery guys had taken it off of their truck and had it sitting in it's packaging in my driveway  But then a problem cropped up.  The desk, as advertised, is 30 inches high,  30 inches wide, and 60 inches long.  My front doorway is 31 inches wide.  It's a normal front door, in fact most front doors are between 30 and 32 inches wide.  If the front door needs to be used by a person with a disability it needs to be 36 inches wide.  As I said, my front door is 31 inches wide.  The packaging for the desk, however, is 33 inches wide.  My first thought was "what problem, it's 30 inches wide, you take it out of the box."  But then the delivery guy who's been on the phone with his boss says to me "my boss says we can't take it our of the box."  Silly me, I should have realized taking it out of the box would be unpackaging, and these guys are paid deliver.  We have this problem from time to time at the orange home improvement retail giant I work for: delivery people who never do anything other than deliver.  At times they leave things, like dishwashers and refrigerators and boxes of hardwood flooring sitting in a driveway because for them, that's the definition of delivery.  Now, the driver today did say "I can leave it for you, but it's really heavy, I mean really heavy."  Of course it's heavy, it's solid wood and weighs in at 275 pounds.  And where were they going to leave it, on the sidewalk?  The box was too big for my front porch.  I'd never be able to get out of my front door.  So he says "you can refuse it and we'll take it back," and that's what I did.
Of course I immediately contacted Cymax, they're the middle men between myself and Hooker Furniture, and informed them that they needed to issue me a $2300 credit because the delivery guys refused to take the desk out of the box.  Then I contacted Amazon, because Cymax is one of their 3rd party vendors, and let them know I had not accepted delivery because the delivery guys refused to take the desk out of the box.  Naturally, Amazon notified Cymax about the problem and told them to give me a phone call... which I still have not received.
Later, while texting a friend, he asked if I thought Cymax was really going to take that kind of a financial hit.  They not only lose the sale of the desk, they still have to pay the freight charges.  I know that at my store when something goes this wrong with a delivery, we go out of our way to make it right.  At this point, however, I don't know if there is a way to fix this.  The delivery agent they hired delivers packages, not furniture, and because of that will never take the desk out of the box.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

This is reality

Today is Tuesday.  We are now over 1/3 of the way through winter.  The government shutdown continues.  It's day 31.  And, of course, the problem is the Republicans.  You see once again they made a very stupid assumption, in fact it's the same one they made back when Reagan had his landslide re-election.  After the Idiot Jerk managed to get elected (by a technicality), and with control of both the Senate and the House, they actually believed they would rule this country forever. Not only were they convinced this was the Holy Truth, they saw themselves as the lawgivers of the land.  If you didn't like the results of the election they smugly smiled and said "get over it."  However, a majority of Americans looked at their small minded beliefs and said, "shut up," and voted against them in the midterms.  They went from having a 23 seat majority in the House to being a 41 seat minority and this fact shatters what they so desperately want to believe, that they have been chosen.  They are totally clueless when it comes to compromising and the Idiot Jerk president they praise turns out to be the worst deal maker in history.  This is why they fail. Their failures will continue to grow.
I saw this in Towleroad regarding the school of hate run by a diocese in Kentucky.   You know, the one where students are taught to harass people of color, including our indigenous peoples, the ones who were here first.  It seems they also refused to let a gay valedictorian make his commencement speech... perhaps because he wanted to speak out in favor of gun control... or maybe it was because he was gay.  That alone should have educated people as to what type of diocese this is:  a right-wing hate group of the Republican Party.
And, of course, since it's Tuesday, my desk arrives today.  I was told between 11 - 2.  Well, I'm prepped.  The walks are shoveled and free of ice.  The kitchen table has been cleared.  Around 0800 it will be taken apart and placed on the porch for next week's garbage.  I tried giving it away but no one wanted it because it's old and sagging in the middle.  Or, maybe, instead of throwing it away, I might just break it apart and put the wood up on the hill behind my house where mother nature can do with it what she wants.
And finally, yesterday I was making notes about my current project and realized the house was rather silent, so I went looking.  What did I find?  Two dogs and a duck on the bed.

At least they kept the bedclothes kind of neat....

Monday, January 21, 2019

Fanfare for the Common Man

Okay, so it's Martin Luther King Day.  I'm off work.  Not because it's a holiday, they just scheduled me off.  While a lot of places do celebrate the holiday by giving their associates a paid holiday, far, far more don't.  It's a lot like President's Day, which is another holiday when most people work because companies don't like paid holidays.  And for those who don't remember, President's Day celebrates the birthdays of two of our greatest presidents, Washington and Lincoln.  Originally they, too, had individual holidays but you know... companies prefer one holiday rather than two.
I saw where Mike Pence, our Satanic white haired VP, got into Martin Luther King Day by using the "I have a dream" speech to force breed Democracy and the Idiot Jerk's racist wall.  Of course, he's either stupid, or, and far more probable, chose to cherry-pick since less then a year after Martin Luther King gave his most famous speech, he also said, while standing next to the Berlin Wall, he also said:

"Here on either side of the wall are God's children, and no manmade barrier can obliterate that fact,"

He said this at St. Mary's Church on September 13, 1964.  Stunning, isn't it, that the supposedly devout Pence should fail to quote this as well.  Of course maybe he didn't find importance in these words because at that point in time most East Berliners were white and those south of the US border are not.
I also read where Nick Sandmann (the kid in the MAGA hat who staring at a Native American Vietnam Vet) claims he was trying to diffuse a difficult situation... by standing there staring for what? Almost 3 minutes?  He claims the accusations against him are 'outright lies.'   The diocese is investigating.  Nick's statesmen was released through a Public Relations firm his family has hired.  He also claims 4 African Americans initiated the situation and that a group of Native Americans (one of whom was making a video) approached him.  Sounds a lot like something the Idiot Jerk in the White House would say, doesn't it?  Isn't this what MAGA people do?  Blame someone else.
And let's end this with something light.  Part of the 'Local Channel' package I have with Verizon includes free music channels, one of which is 'Light Classical,' which got me to wondering... is 'Heavy Classical' bowed string basses and tympani?  "Water Music" is light classical and "Fanfare for the Common Man" heavy.  I like Fanfare.  Back in college I got to bang away on the Kettle Drums when my fraternity played it.  For those who don't know.  Introduced by Leonard Bernstein, sit back and listen to the entire piece as the master conduct his own masterwork... Fanfare for the Common Man.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Simply Glacial

Well, we got snow, a little over three inches.... and we got rain, a steady drizzle... and the temperature is above freezing.  For now.  I shoveled off the back porch and steps and it's... heavy.  I'm also supposed to be at work by 8 and that may not happen.  In a few short hours the temperatures are supposed to plummet, a lot like the Idiot Jerks approval ratings, as we enter the Quick Freeze stage of the Arctic Blast... or whatever they call it.  Around 1 PM high winds are going to grace the countryside with wind chills that can reach 20 (F) below zero.  Oh, and I'm scheduled to work until 4:30 PM.  I seriously suspect I may be using a personal day.  My sidewalks need to be cleared because... the desk arrives on Tuesday and by the time I do get home things will be rather glacial.

This might be the view from my front porch

Something else that was rather glacial?  The little turd the Idiot Jerk floated yesterday in a meager attempt to get the Democrats to fund his wall.  Yeah, he offered to give Dreamers a temporary protected status, emphasis on the word temporary.  Well, the Democrats said "no," and, of course, many Republicans apparently joined them, though for a much different reason.  Republicans hate immigrants.  White Racists, like Ann Coulter, see it as Amnesty and immediately rejected the plan.  In fact, Ann sniped with a nasty Tweet, but then what else would expect from a 'whites only" spinster.  Oh, and in case you are wondering, at 57 years of age, this bottled blond is a spinster:  57 years old, never married, no children.  One suspects her vagina is a frigid as my sidewalk's going to be this afternoon.  Which makes one wonder if her boyfriend (I think she pays for services rendered) uses pinions.
Anyway, I'm going to eat my breakfast and then go out and use the noisy shovel and experience the joys of Free Cardio!  Just think of all the calories I'm going to burn.  I'm going to be so hot I'll turn into a walking melt and dry machine!  Are you jealous yet?

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Travel Agent From Hell

First off, for those who are interested, my desk arrives on Tuesday.  Delivery will be between 11 and 2.  It's made of solid wood so hopefully I won't have to treat it like hardwood flooring and let it acclimatize for 3 days before using it... just kidding.
The archway is patched and painted, smooth, but not drywall smooth.  It'll do for me.  Back 114 years ago, there was no arch, just a regular door.  At some point someone ripped out the door and put in the arch which is over 6 feet wide.  Nice.
I guess the Idiot Jerk in the White House is going to make some sort of silly statement today... when the northeast region of the country is under a Winter Storm Warning.  No, he's not going to volunteer to come shovel your walks clean.  That's manual labor.  He'd have to use muscles.  You know?  Like minimalist cardio?  And we all know the only exercise he gets is walking to the bathroom to piss away all the diet coke.  This means he's going to start caving, giving the Democrats some of the things they want as long as he gets his wall.  He's getting desperate.  The shutdown is making both he and his party look bad.  And Nancy's not going to let him lie for 90 minutes in a State of the Union lie fest.
What we're beginning to see as this thing drags out is more and more commentary on the Idiot Jerk's inability to make a deal.  What we've seen is a man who throws temper tantrums and, slamming his hands on a table, storms out of rooms.  In his mind, this is a negotiating tactic.  And people are  beginning to make fun of him.  This AM I read this on NBC News where they called him the Travel Agent from Hell.  Believe me, this almost had me in stitches because in the Real World the Idiot Jerk is petty as a two bit whore, of course that is where his sexual tastes seem to run so none of us should be surprised.  He's nothing more than white trash with money.
And, of course, we're supposed to be getting a winter storm.  The Weather Channel has named it Harper. Depending upon which weather station you're watching, I'm going to get between 5 inches and 12 inches of snow and then freezing rain.  That will make it  crispy crunch and heavy to shovel.

There is also supposed to be some sort of Arctic Blast coming as well, so on Monday the temp will climb to 18 (F).  Tuesday, the day my desk arrives, we're supposed to hit a balmy 28 (F).  I just hope there's parking out front for the truck.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Idiots: bread for thought

We had about 2 inches of snow last night.  I think they're calling it a teaser snow... just a little tickle, tickle, tickle of what's on the way.... well, maybe.  Yesterday they were calling for  2" - 4" and today they calling for possibly 5" but they're also saying wet and sloppy.  We all know, there are those out there who would be happy for 5" of wet and sloppy.  Me?  I'd rather have 9" of light and fluffy.
I hooked up my 'Set Top' box from Verizon yesterday.  Two of the local channels I get are Crazy Christian.  This morning, sometime, I will set up my favorites.  Those 2 channels will not be included.  I had one on the TV for about 40 seconds and couldn't help but feel sorry for regular viewers, and we all know there are regular viewers.  They're a lot like heroin addicts getting their fix.
I saw where Mike Pence and his wife were 'deeply offended' by the complaints of her new teaching job.  They are so in love with their self-righteousness they have no clue as to what will happen if they open that Pandora's Box, but then they both no doubt relish a good persecution.  Their beliefs make them incapable of understanding the human condition as they idiotically pass judgment on everyone who fails to meet their narrow minded criteria.
This morning I saw this little snippet about two white Republicans meeting with an Alt-Right White Supremacist.  This guy named Johnson has published comments stating black people have a 'violence gene.'  He says the same thing about Muslims.  Of course, the two Republicans Idiots are claiming they didn't know Johnson was wacked out on White Supremacy, that all they talked about was DNA...  I'm serious.  That's what they said.  They talked genetics with some dick (sic Johnson) who believes in a black violence gene.  These guys are walking, talking proof of a 'White Republican Stupidity Gene.'
Oh, and the Idiot Jerk in the White House says Nancy must fly commercial if she wants to visit the troops.  I don't believe his letter to her has been published, not that I would have read it, but supposedly it is filled with sarcasm.  For two years he had a White Republican House that cherished his racist views.  That's changed in a big time way.  The truth is this shutdown is hurting both him and his party... and he doesn't care.  He never learns.  Six times his LLC holdings went into bankruptcy because... he never learned.  Six times he was given the opportunity to educate himself, and six times he chose to ignore the lessons.  What else would you expect from an Idiot.
And what will I be doing on this pre-storm day?  I'm thinking of baking bread.