Friday, December 02, 2005
A fellow Virgo pops on just now:
Uhura: how are you?
Uhura: my brain is fried and i can't thikn straight
Yup, mee too.
JPennant: Merc retro is kckin' my buttocks. Mentally speaking.
george: It's not doing me any favors either.
Merc retro ends this weekend.
Comcast cut my cable.
I shut off the TV.
I dont think Im even a month's behind on my bill, but they shut it off because I havent been current since around, September? August?
Ahh, I was thinking of downgrading the service anyway. My god, they charge 55 bux (including all the 'franchise fees') for basic non-digital cable!!
Im in no hurry to turn it back on. Maybe next month. Broadcast channels only.
Eh, Ive got a lot of DVD's Ive yet to watch.
Maybe I should get a DVD player.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Chicago's Own - WGN News
This is one of the primary reasons I have cable - catching up on Chicago with WGN News.
It might be a snore for most folk, but for Chicagoans, this is a slice of home. The News, da Weather, da Bulls, da Cubbies, da Sox.
Living in New York, I was HIGHLY pissed off that the NY cable systems substituted NY/NJ station WOR for WGN, because theyre both superstations and theyre both owned by the Tribune Company.
Dudes! Chicago and New York are NOT the same! I dont CARE about the (^%^@%^ Mets.
Gah. Im still so upset, you just dont know.
Monday, November 28, 2005
When native (or long-time, but non-native) cool weather lovin San Franciscans go "Geezus its crisp/nippy/chilly/cold", it's cold. No more highs in the 70's, lows in the 30's, buckets of rain. As we speak, a rain storm is passing thru.
Now, as a native New Yorker turned Friscan told me when I first arrived in the Bay Area told me "It's MILD here, got it? You see snow? You see Ice? No. I can go golfing in the winter."
This is true. And watching WGN on cable over thanksgiving reminded me of what true cold is. Cold is the kinda weather that brings literal tears to your eyes. Five degrees above zero will do that.
Still, that is a dry cold. Here, it's a maritime wet cold, that is surprisingly unhumid. Hard to explain, but suffice to say, wet = miserable. So, 10 degrees in Chicago, is equivalent to 40 in Frisco.
It's 40 degrees in Frisco. My apartment is an icebox, Im looking to buy a space heater, and the Lava Lava (!!!) is keeping me warm. I shit you not.
This Samoan skirt is keeping much of the chill from penetratng to my legs.
Sweet. I need some more.
If you live on the streets, the Bay Area turns downright hostile in November, the start of the winter rains and cold.
I was actually hepped to this by a man I hold in high regard, the son of one of the drumming greats. He told me how he went through a winter sleeping outdoors, basically saying neither man or beast should go through it. This why winter shelters open up in October and stay open til April.
I honestly have a lot of respect for ANYONE who lives outdoors during the Northern California winter.
I couldnt do it. I stayed indoors.
I'm no spendthrift, but I've come to the realization that if I had credit cards, Id be maxing them out right now.
Good thing I'm on the cash and carry system. Still, I'm currently on the paycheck to paycheck system, counting the days to payday.
That means I am not living within my means. And I wont be able to live my life the way i want.
From May to November, I've been running close to the edge what with the travels and all and the last trip has me playing catchup now.
Apart from my outrageous cable bill (50 bux for standard cable????) and the AOL account I rarely use (kept only so that I have unlimited dial-up internet access on my travels), my fixed expenses are pretty minimal.
My preference though, is to have the bills paid several months in advance. And to not live from paycheck to paycheck.
Living from paycheck to paycheck makes me uncomfortable. It means I'm dependent on the job for my survival and my independence is in jeopardy.
Hm. Something needs to be done.
For I aint gonna win the lottery anytime soon.