Stella and I went out this morning for our morning walk and, hey, surprise! There was a man sleeping in the doorway to my flat. He was definitely drunk, sleeping on a dingy sleeping bag, and a down comforter. "You can score some pretty sweet throwaways in SF," I said to the dog.
I went back inside.
"Yen? Yen, there's a guy sleeping on our doorstep."
"Should I put shoes on?"
It was really too early in the morning for such things.
This time, my beef is with Dell, and this time, we are seriously gonna brawl, yall.
Admittedly, it is not Dell’s fault that I have a puppy who likes to chew things (duh, um, see sidebar). As in, the dog merrily chewed through the AC power to my laptop while it was still plugged in. Thankfully, she didn’t shock herself, but I could only use my laptop up to a certain point, and then it ran out of power. I called everyone to see about a replacement: Frye’s, Best Buy, Circuit City, you name it. Maile called Dell later that afternoon to get a replacement AC cable, and an extra one for good measure, as next day air delivery. We gave them the laptop model, and they said it was to be here by Friday. And thus...the downward spiral began.
First they sent it to a wrong address in Palo Alto.
CSR: “I spoke with customer service on Friday and they were having the package rerouted. I have also deleted that incorrect address from your account. I apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused. THANX!!!”
Well, that’s annoying, but as the man says, that’s baseball. Two more days pass, not including the weekend.
CSR: “I spoke with DHL/Airborne today and they are going to do a pick-up and redelivery of the package. It is being picked up today and redelivered tomorrow to your correct address below. THANX!!!”
We checked in with DHL, but he tracking number wouldn't work. At Dell, we checked in, and our CSR was out for the day, and here’s the best part...
CSR #2“…this is a correct tracking number, however, you are not able to look this up because this was re-routed. Item should be received by Friday.”
Monday afternoon and the package finally arrives. For those of you playing at home, next day air has now taken us 8 business days.
And the power cables? Are the wrong ones.
Must. Not. Start. Screaming.
Instead, I did as Anil suggested in the first place. I went on Ebay, put in the computer model and part specs, and bought one from some guy in Texas. And yes, when it arrives, I will write back: THANX!!!
We live in an urban neighborhood, close to some great (and not-so great) restaurants that I am so sure empty their trash properly every night. I realize that rats happen in these situations. I used to fend them off in the "park" in DC.
However, they are invading our beautiful garden. I heard them running up and down the back wall, and the dog has been very interested in the corners of the garden.
So I bought two traps.
And caught two rats almost immediately.
I made Yen (poor vegetarian boyfriend) dispose of them, because I am like that. Were you listening when I told you what they are? RATS! I do not meddle with plague-bringers. He did come in and relay to me all the gory details with the glee of a twelve-year-old boy. Suffice it to say, one was big, one was small, and both were dead. If you really want to know the rest, I suggest not hearing it while nursing a hangover.
The moment I see one in the house, I am moving the fuck out. No rats for me. Not for as much rent as we pay.
So check it out - I went on a one-woman marketing spree to advertise the fair, becuase I love the kids at Mission High and I love yall and want you to come over. EssEffist gave me a shoutout for my post to laughing squid. Right on, thanks Jackson!
I haven't been sleeping well. I have never been a champion sleeper, but 3 - 5am wakefulness is not really working for me. I've cut down on caffiene, exercised more, and yoga before bed. BUt instead of sleeping, I'm blogging and organizing my iTunes.
You know, it's funny how they're always first on the trendspotting scene: the Old Gray Lady declares the death of the thong and the subsequent rise of the boy short. NO. Really? The underwear I've been sporting for oh...a year and a half is now trendy?
"Going from revealing to less revealing can be novel and exciting, and that will probably happen with the thong," she said. "Less revealing, more withholding, could now be seen as more erotic."