So I had started to write this post about 15 minutes ago, but I managed to crash the computer causing me to have to start over. I’ll try to start in roughly the same way. Seeing as I haven’t updated in 5 days, I figure I will do my best to give you both as much boring, entertaining, controversial, non-committal, contradictory history as I can between now and when I feel like not writing anymore. Sounds fun huh? Let’s begin.
Friday, as we all know, was Halloween. Some would consider this the most controversial of Holidays. Why? Because to some degree it’s based in satanic rituals of raising the dead, drinking blood, and slaughtering children. Fun huh? Christians, like myself, like to take this stance and blow it out of proportion and target those that go to far in celebrating this satanic holiday. Like for example, the penas family. *try to pronounce that last name, it ends up being funny* They have a house that is overly decorated in much the same way Christmas has become about the lights outside the house. They do this because Halloween is their favorite holiday. Although I’m glad this is the way they show it as opposed to killing lambs, I also believe they may have gone over the top in a creative way. Similar but very much unlike how I go over the top on some of my homeworks.
So that leads me to my next lack of point. Saturday. Saturday was the day before Amber’s birthday in which I managed to achieve much anger and frustration. The morning started with yet another horrible trip to Best Buy which I will get back to hopefully later in this post, followed up by a Nebraska loss to Texas (which note: resulted in Nebraska falling out of the running for the national championship without some sort of miracle), followed by an afternoon of frustration in trying to get 2 DDR pads to work with Step-mania using two separate parallel ports.
All this was before the joyful part of the day known as Ambers birthday. We celebrated and talked and partied and ate and ran and acted crazy and laughed and ran and broke glass and talked about boys and watched a breakup and and and and and. Amber got rich during this period of time, which is always cool. She even took me out for lunch on Monday at Damons. That was nice. I dont really know how much I like the idea of the girl paying for the guy, but its not all bad. Maybe Im adapting to this next generation of multi-income families and co-dominance in the working world.
So to jump to our next section: Ambers actual birthday. Here we went to the casino and church and um lunch and Super Mario Bros. 3. As you can tell, I kept busy with her this weekend, doing everything I could to help her with her party and its success. I was a tad bit disappointed that I didnt come out winning anything at the casino To my surprise though, this was the first time I wasnt trying to. I also believe it could be in part due to the fact I didnt put anything in the offering basket that morning. Could be didnt say it had to be.
Vikings lost to the packers. That wasnt cool. I dont know why they had to go and blow the game. I think I was just supposed to have a great weekend with all sorts of disappointments associated with it, such that it would allow me to see that football teams winning games arent necessarily what brings people happiness. Its the love of friends that manages to do that.
Yesterday was school.
There, thats history for ya.
Lets continue with a little bit of controversy, starting with a letter I just sent into the Woodbury Bulletin. The question is will it be printed in the upcoming issue of the paper. If it were to be, that would be cool. It reads as follows:
I am writing to address a concern I have over a recent change in sales policy at Best Buy. My last 3 trips to our local Best Buy have been utterly ruined by what I know to be uneducated customers being falsely educated by Best Buy employees. The worst part is, they seem to be taking advantage of the customers pocketbook in doing so.
In my most recent trip, I overheard a lady that had come in from her place of employment asking about purchasing a power strip that had both overload and surge protection. The Best Buy employee led her to the proper section, but then started recommending a different product. He suggested purchasing what is known as a UPS or uninterrupted power supply. He told her that this is what she wanted for overload protection. The lady hesitated because of the 50 dollar price jump from a normal power strip, but ended up taking the advice of the Best Buy employee. Luckily, I caught her before she checked out and cleared up that she did indeed only need a regular power strip so she could plug in a few extra tools like her pencil sharpener and electric stapler. Had the Best Buy employee asked what she was going to be using it for, she would have got what she really needed at the price that was suitable.
On a trip before that, a person had come in to purchase wireless networking equipment for his home. He had two computers and the employee recommended purchasing a faster version. The customer then proceeded to ask if he would see any performance gain in the games he was looking to play. The employee immediately responded with a metaphor that implied a yes and so the customer again thought it was the right purchase. Again I interjected and pointed out, that although the pipeline is bigger for data transfer; games are designed to operate in a bandwidth tunnel much smaller than that of home networking. Most are in fact designed to operate with bandwidths as low as 56k. This is why places like the University of Minnesota use the less expansive method of wireless networking than the more expansive one. They know that to really over use the connection, it would take roughly 10 computers downloading streaming video Something you dont do on 2 computer home network. The Best Buy employee this time decided to step back into the conversation and argue with me about how I was wrong, which is something Ive never had happen before, an employee arguing with a customer.
I dont know if Best Buy has recently changed its incentives to employees who sell more, or if they are pushing their employees to sell the more expensive products. All I know is that if it happens a third time, they will lose my business.
Now I dont know if it will get printed or if anyone else cares, but Its my opinion and although I love the place, I will not stand to see it operating in a manor I deemed as inappropriate for something I normally recommend.
Lets see, what else can we talk about today. We could always give you the standing of my Ebay auctions or UO accounts or what not, but I fear I shant do that yet. Im currently working on my thief to explore one of the newer dungeons known as Doom. Rumor has it they have some rares that have been going for a good chunk of cash. Fun huh?
Um, lets see. Oh lets talk about tomorrow shall we. I am again annoyed by the decision some places make about things. In this case, it is the decision by Warner Bros. to attempt to release the movie The Matrix: Revolutions at the same time world wide. This ticks me off because, like the second movie, I wanted to see it at the first available time at 12:01 am tomorrow morning. As it turns out now, I will have to wait yet another 8 whole hours to get to see it. Erg. Well it should be worth it. 8am tomorrow morning, The Matrix and I have a date with destiny.
My prediction: Neo wins, we are all living in a matrix, and the movie ends where the first movie began. Why is that my prediction? Dont know, just seemed like something that would make sense. Do I think Im right? Just partially. So why am I writing it? So that if youre bored you can all post your predictions in the ISMS. Sound fun? Good! Do it now!
Now lets get to the interesting part of the post. The part where I go and I respond to stuff. Wouldnt that be fun? Responding huh
Amber You should update.
Nikki Your looking at harsh realities with utter hope lately. Very cool if you ask me. I would respond to your current post, and so therefore I think I will. The only thing I question is your comment on how we are telling others we dont care regularly. Id like to throw up the argument that 90% of the time its the person who is looking for the caring that interprets it as a sign of not caring. IE: a person calls a house expecting person to answer and they dont so they leave a message. The person doesnt return the call within an hour so they assume that it wont be returned, when in fact, the person who the message was for never even heard it because a family member deleted it before he or she got to it. Again, just throwing up a perspective, and definitely not saying that this is the case 100% of the time or is it is someone caring a matter of how we interpret it, or is it something we choose to do? Or, to throw out one more perspective that might be kind of cool, is the ability to care given to us by God Objective, Subjective, or Godjective
Dan In your more recently addressed letter that by default includes both me and yourself I will say two things: You decide if you listen to what I have to say about what you should think, and You made a mistake in telling yourself not to tell you what to think, that is by virtue that you did a send all to the world and you are in fact part of the world. Go figure.
To the Man who runs tumbledry (Alex) Glad you had a good time at the party. No controversy coming from here .
To the man that runs in a sphere (John) Life growing up is interesting, thats why we post. I think Maybe not The upside to being older: we can buy the candy.
To all the other blogs I failed to read before this post, I apologize, maybe you should all give yourselves cheap plugs in the ISMS and then maybe Ill plug you because you said something that made me interested in reading your site. Then again, you may just get me ticked off, which could do the same exact thing.
Oh, and to Ben, nice design.
Um, what am I forgetting Lets see. This post is 3 pages long. I dont think its a record but it could be. Well, thats it for the man that decided to stir up the world today. Guess whos right? Not me.