That’s All, Folks!

That’s All Folks!, originally uploaded by aeromat.

My (former) cubicle at Learning Tree, El Segundo, CA*. All belongings are in box on right. Yep, I was laid off today.

*You finally know where I work(ed)!

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Yesterday I tried to renew my MTA train pass online but because I have yet to receive my e-mail confirmation about the transaction, I figured it didn’t go through. As such I thought I’d try it again tomorrow, the last day of the month and latest possible day to renew.

Then, after getting home from a long day at Disneyland for The Kid’s real 5th birthday (which was today), I got a Facebook message from one of my fellow proofreaders.

She, along with one other person from our department, were laid off today.

Even though I get reimbursed for my monthly train pass, maybe it’s a good thing that transaction didn’t go through.

What to Do?

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon. You’re caught up on the laundry, the weather’s too cold for taking a dip in the jacuzzi, and you’re bored.

So what do you do? Isn’t it obvious?

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The Old Neighborhood

My, has it changed.

I was looking up some of my old stomping grounds using Google’s Street View feature just to see how they have changed over the years. While many of them were nothing to really write home about, an image from one neighborhood in particular caught my eye.

Take a look at this gem that Google snapped on the street I used to live on in Bellflower, CA (click to embiggen):


You can see the entire neighborhood by clicking here. (Note that the address on the link is not mine nor does it imply it is where the subject lives; it’s just the location of where the image was taken.) When I lived on that street, it was a rare occasion indeed when we saw the po-po and I had heard that over the years, the street had gotten really bad in terms of crime. I guess this image all but confirms it. What’cho gonna do when the come for you…*

I thought this one was pretty good, too. This is at the only traffic circle in the area (or roundabout for you in the UK):


Someone obviously didn’t use their turn signal when they wiped out the sign.

I also looked up some more famous places but I won’t post any images here. After all, nothing seen in Hollywood should shock anybody.

Google Maps: good times guaranteed!

*COPS is filmed on location with the men and women of law enforcement. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Big City Slider Station, Part Trois

In Episode One, I praised the Big City Slider Station for doing everything it promised, a rarity when it comes to merchandise seen on infomercials.

In Episode Two, I lambasted the very same item for its performance, aka leaving what appeared to be silver spray paint on the burgerlets.

In this, the third and final installment of the series, I find resolution.

Shortly after Billy Mays’ cooking device left the aforementioned silver lining on our burgers, I e-mailed the company to find out about getting a refund. I mentioned that there was no possible way that this could be healthy, that I posted an image of the tainted burger on my blog (and included the link), and that others have also experienced the same thing.

I had figured that since Ann bought the thing at one of those As Seen On TV stores and not by calling the 800-number, we were pretty much sunk. We didn’t have the box or receipt, either.

But we were mistaken.

Within a few business days I received an apology from a company representative who also stated that they would issue a refund for the trouble. All they needed to know was where we purchased the item, what it cost me, and my street address. I sent them the information and, no further questions asked, got my check for $25 in the mail within a week.

While I am appreciative for the effort put into getting my refund out to me, as one commentator pointed out in Episode Two, it really makes you wonder why they are doing so.

Is it because they are afraid of a class action lawsuit against them from people that have experienced the same thing? Hush money? They are loaded and just want to give money to anybody?

Whatever the case may be it’s a lesson learned about buying infomercial products—as if we needed one—and we got our $25 back. But no matter what ShamWow’s Vince tells me, I’ll never love his nuts.

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