It Was The Best Of Games; It Was The Worst Of Games

So. Friday night, the Capitals played the Colorado Avalanche, a team with a very bad record. Joe and I were looking forward to having a really fun evening, especially since the great game on Wednesday. Alas, it was not to be, and not just because the Caps laid down on the ice and let the Avs skate all over them and lost 4-1. It was also because I kind of got into a battle of... Read more →

Three Days In Florida

I spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week in Florida. Oh, how fun! I hear you cry. Three days in sunny Florida! I flew down on Monday, arriving in Orlando in time to check in to my hotel, order room service, and watch the Olympics through my eyelids. On Tuesday, I attended a three-hour training session. I was there to observe and judge how well the materials worked. The session was actually quite good... Read more →

So Much For The Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am pissed off at Midwest Airlines just now. Quite a while ago -- like maybe January? -- I made plane reservations for the Clown College Reunion. (Yes, the Clown College Reunion. Yes, I know you hate clowns.) Since this prestigious affair is being held in Baraboo, Wisconsin, home of the Circus World Museum, I looked for flights on Midwest Airlines. See, I really like Midwest Airlines. The seats are great, nice and wide, two... Read more →

What Is Wrong With People?

I have been rolling the following items around in my head for the past few days and every time I do, I end up shaking my head and thinking, "What is WRONG with people?" First, I was listening to my favorite shock jock the other morning when the subject got around to the presidential candidates. One woman called in and began with the "I'm voting for McCain because my husband is a Marine", which, okay,... Read more →

Apparently Only Robots Work In That Department

If I was happy to be refinancing before -- even with the "one more piece of paper" syndrome -- I am now really really really really happy. The reason? My current mortgage servicing company has some of the worst customer service that I have ever encountered. The latest piece of paper my loan officer needed was the letter that confirmed that the original loan had been paid off. This is not the first time we've... Read more →

Renegade Apostrophe II

I saw this sign on a bulletin board at a middle school. If a teacher created it, I weep for the profession. If a student created it, where the hell was the teacher? I won't get into the lack of a comma after the introductory phrase or the misuse of the ellipsis. I hope the cartoons are better than the grammar. It makes me cranky to see the noble apostrophe so mistreated, creating possessives when... Read more →

Why Yes, I Am Ready For Some Football, Thanks

I have been very very very tired all day long, all because I stayed up very very very late. And by very very very late, I mean midnight. Then again, it might have been all the hollering and screaming I did during Monday Night Football, when my 'Skins beat the Iggles, something very few people thought would happen. Joe and I, however, had a heapin' helpin' of 'tism. Ha! HaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA! We are TWO and OH!... Read more →

How Stupid Do You Have To Be?

Today is primary election day in Montgomery County, Maryland. Now, there are people who skip the primaries, but I am not one of them. The polls opened at 7:00 AM. I arrived at 7:10 AM. As I walked into the voting room, a very disgruntled couple walked out and muttered to me, "Don't bother." Now that's a bit weird, I thought. Yes, there were a few people, but it wasn't particularly crowded. I figured I... Read more →

The Plot Sickens

Previously on The Saga of the Unpaid Electric Bill... Your intrepid heroine gets the shocking (heh) news that the juice is about to dry up, navigates the dangerous voice mail maze, extends the due date for great turning off of the electricity, registers on the Electric Company web site, and valiantly attempts to sign up for online bill payment. Right? Right. Okay then. I thought I'd try to sign up for online bill payment one... Read more →

(Mis)Adventures in Customer Service

Well. I started the day by casually opening the mail from the electric company that's been sitting on the kitchen table for three days only to find that what I thought was going to be a routine budget billing advertisement was, in actuality, a Turn-Off Notice. As in, we are turning off your electricity because you have not paid your bill. Gave me quite a turn, it did, because, dammit, I paid the goddamn bill.... Read more →