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Turning out the lights on Verizon After a long and eventful relationship with Verizon, Radio Shack turns the lights out at Midnight and becomes a Cingular Partner on Jan 1. I documented our changeover on the FlickR blog (link is at the top of the menu to the right. Verizon has been a good sales vehicle for me, but due to the non renewal of contract they have been understandably slowly strangling us with a lack of phones to sell. The most mature business gesture award however goes to Verizon for cutting off our ability to purchase "top up" pins for Pay as you Go Verizon customers. A final parting shot. I'm hoping Cingular has fixed it's abysmal customer service reputation since it was Cell One. They are one of the few phone companies in the US that uses SIM cards, thus allowing people to use their phones overseas. Also their network protocol (I won't bore you with the details) is basically superior to Verizon's as well as Sprint's in being able to
The Friday Five Then: 1) What was the first album/CD/Cassette you ever bought? Vinyl - Longfellow Serenade - Neil Diamond Cassette - Really Not Sure CD - Soundtrack to Batman the movie - before I had a player 2) What was your first fave song? Perhaps Saturday Night by the Bay City Rollers. Might have been Sugar Sugar by the Archies. It was a long time ago. 3) Which song gives you that "funny nostalgic feeling" everytime you hear it? 1979 was a "golden" time for me, and Egocentric Molecules from JLP Cosmic Messenger really brings that out. 4) Name the first concert you ever went to. I THINK it was Rush Moving Pictures tour. I had tix for Yes Tormato but Mommy would not let me go 5) What do you consider the worst song of all time? Oh gosh so many bad pop tunes. Now: 1) Name your fave song at the moment. God is God by Juno Reactor. This changes daily. 2) What is the most recent album/CD/Cassette you purchased? Take me To your Leader. New Hawkwind
The year in Review From Earth number two thanks to George for this one ----- The year 2005 was bright and shiny on Earth II, where George Bush lives. And why not? News of reality from Earth I never makes it to the president's desk on Earth II. On Earth II, Brownie did a heck of a job, and poverty was wiped out in America when all the poor people were sent to live like cattle in an arena. No child was left behind, freedom was still on the march, and a brain-dead woman in Florida trumped a heartsick mother in Texas in getting the president's attention. Creationism was renamed Intelligent Design in a stunning public relations move. "Plan for Victory" won the 2005 White House Slogan of the Year, belatedly, but finally replacing "Mission Accomplished" as the definitive Earth II commentary on the Iraq war. Bush decreed there's no such thing as global warming, thereby solving that problem once and for all. Plus, word definitions were agreeably chan
Nice to see the photo blog is being viewed Feel free to list comments at the pictures. The FlickR site is the one being maintained, so click on that if you are interested. I have a weird week this week. No teaching obviously. Off Monday, worked a 2 - 930 yesterday. Today, 5 to 930. Tomorrow Cingular Training plus a full day: 12 - 930. I have to work on New Years Eve and New Years Day as well. Not a happy camper about that at all, but there is some small consolation that I'm "needed" by the manager. The "Paul" in the photoblog got is re-promotion to Manager and left the store this week, he was a closer and key person, so my hours have been adjusted accordingly. See above. I got an indirect compliment from the District Manager, in that he suggested that Paul take me to his new store to "get things in order". Paul deferred as Alex really needs me, but it a nice compliment. So I have been able to stay up late and get up late that last few mornin
First Pics up Make sure to check out the FlickR page for the most first pics from Christmas, from the cell phone cam. Remember you can click on a pic to see it bigger, choose a set, or do a slideshow of all pics. Merry Christmas Click Here please
Friday Five! Who is your favourite superhero? Spiderman Spiderman friendly neighborhood Spiderman. MUCH longer than the movie has been out mind you. If you were a superhero, which one would you be? Probably Superman. Even though he is DC. I prefer the marvel universe. Justice League or Injustice League? Justice League, though I am not a big fan of DC. Which supervillain would you be? Magneto If you could have superpowers, what would they be? X ray vision. Flying. Super strength. Sounds like Superman doesn't it
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What do you think? vs I said I'd look around for other photo logs. Well FlikR seems to show the pics in a better way. Tell me what you think in the posting spot on the side menu. I have posted the links to both on the top of the side menu. As always when you click the link you will get a new window, so as not to have to navigate back to the this one. Thanks!
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Tree Trimming Night Came home to a tree up with lights on, and a nice Smorgasbord type dinner of clams, shrimp, pot stickers and Crudités. What I came home to Alex trimming the Tree The finished product Don't forget to go to the fotoblog (link on side panel above) for a few more pics.
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3 quick things 1) John Lennon - where was I 25 yrs ago As you know this week was the 25th anniv of John's shooting. For people of my generation this event is to many of us what JFK's assisination was to the Boomers, in that we will always remember where we were when we heard. For me I was walking back from the McConnell Dining hall when someone said that he had been shot. I really figured that this was a horrid joke and said so. But alas it was true. I remember sitting on the balcony of my suite on campus and someone was playing the Long and Winding Road extreemly loud. Vivid, like yesterday. John's death was not as much about a crazy stalker trying to impress a celeb. It was about the tragic irony of this life, that a man of peace would be gunned down violently. I wonder what he would have to say today with the Dogs Of War running the country. I'm sure he would be in the front lines of the opposition. 2) I got a New Phone I was fooling around onlin
Friday Five 1. What did you want to be when you grew up? Variously: Experimental Fighter Pilot, CIA Operative, Stock Broker, Psychiatrist, Psychologist. Now: Teacher. I've not grown up yet. 2. Did you follow through? If not, what happened? Now that's just being silly! Finally becoming a Teacher 3. Is your life turning out the way you thought it would when you were a kid?If not, is it better or worse? Not at all. I figured I'd be retired by now. Living in sunny California with three kids. Not all things turn out as you fantasize, but I'd not trade it for the world. 4. Paradoxes aside, if you could time-travel back to when you were 10 years old, what would you tell your 12-year-old self? First, turn around right now and go get that Jean Jacket with all the patches you left in Biology! I mourned the loss of that jacket for months. Second, Stay the course, life has ups and down, but the even out. Third, look for that really cute brunette with the curly h
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I really should have done better Gallifreian Congratulations! You scored 78%! You've been paying attention in class, but have a ways to go before going through the loom. Not as obsessed as many, but with enough practice, you're bound to improve. Buy more audio dramas and start reading your BBC fiction. My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender : You scored higher than 85% on docwho Link: The Doctor Who Test written by johnharker on Ok Cupid , home of the 32-Type Dating Test
Life of a Substitute part _____ It has been a couple of interesting weeks for me. Some get into subbing for the pay check, regular or irregular, as you don't have to take an assignment. These “teachers” tend to show up and baby sit mostly. And some get into it for the teaching. You know why I did. So as previously alluded to below, Thanksgiving week had only two teaching days due to being sick. So the last time I had actually "taught" per se was the Monday of Thanksgiving week. I got my call on Sunday for a 6th grade class for Monday, and it turned out Tuesday as well. As I was looking for the lesson plans a woman walked into the class Monday morning and explained that she was the student teacher and all I had to to was sit back and watch. Sigh. Wednesday was Pre K of all things, which frankly was very fun, cute kids, but not at all challenging. Thursday I had promised Lansingburg that I would work in the Middle School here because they were having Special
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