When I took my car in for front brake repair yesterday I had no idea that it would cost me $440 (Well, $439.50 if you factor in the $0.50 I saved by not going through the toll booth). Fuck. In addition to brake pads I had to get new rotors. Yes, I know that it would be cheaper to do these things myself, but I prefer to have professionals do these sort of things.
What’s the old saying?
“Give a man a fish and he eats for a day.
Hire a man to fish for you and you have someone to bitch out later.”
I have been hemorrhaging money of late and need to reverse the trend pronto.
It’s Like Top Chef With A Side Of Iron Chef
Iron Chef is looking for a new Iron Chef and they have stolen Top Chef’s format to do so. Last night I was able to watch Sunday night’s premiere episode of the The Next Iron Chef and I really liked what I saw.
At first I was surprised to see names I know, especially since the two contestants I recognized used to be chefs on Food Network. Aaron Sanchez and Michael Symon were once a team on a short-lived series known as “Melting Pot”.
It should come as no surprise that I am rooting for Jill Davie…
While I understand why this competition is using the same style employed by Top Chef (one reward challenge, one elimination challenge) I wish that they wouldn’t have. It would have been much cooler to score each week Iron Chef style (awarding points for flavor, plating, and originality), keeping all contestants for each show, and having the winner be the person who accumulated the highest score. Instead a chef who has one bad week can be eliminated regardless of how well he/she has done previously.
My original pick to win was Michael Symon because of his former ties to Food Network, and his hometown relation to judge Michael Ruhlman — both hail from the Cleveland Ohio area. Much to my surprise Symon was nearly eliminated first.
I will continue to watch, at least until Jill Davie gets eliminated.
ITP Flickr Pic
Do you like or dislike black and white photos?
The sky was so gray that I felt like I had to go black and white.
I’m Still Scrambling
And I’m not talking about eggs.
It’s going to take me weeks to catch up on the tasks I ignored the past three weeks. One of the tasks I caught up with last night was mail (the type not delivered yesterday thanks to Columbus Day). Wouldn’t you know that I’d find coupons for car service hours after I returned home after paying $440!. Talk about adding insult to financial injury.
iTunes Is A Shitty Music Manager
I am continually frustrated with iTunes. Recently I decided that I was going to swallow the last of the Apple Kool-Aid by casting off third-party CD ripping software and allowing iTunes to take care of that task.
Talk about problematic. On my first attempt to award iTunes complete control of my music library management it only imported part of the cd; after my third attempt at ripping and importing it finally succeeded. This was mildly annoying and because of the failures took at least ten minutes longer than my old method. This morning I inserted a CD into the computer and iTunes never acknowledged its presence. I attempted many things to get iTunes to “see it”, but it never did.
I am now regurgitating that last mouthful of Apple Kool-Aid and returning to my old method.
CD Pick Of The Week
Remember last week when I told you to save your pennies for today? Here is why. Check out the list of releases that I like.
- Band Of Horses — “Cease to Begin”
- Beirut — “The Flying Club Cup”
- Fiery Furnaces — “Widow City”
- Robert Pollard — “Coast To Coast Carpet Of Love”
- Robert Pollard — “Standard Gargoyle Decisions”
- She Wants Revenge — “This Is Forever”
Oh, and there is this up-and-coming band called Radiohead doing a self-release tomorrow as well.
In case you are wondering if I screwed up by including two lines from Robert Pollard, I did not. Fans of Pollard know that he is know for his incredible song writing production.
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – strange
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Sea Wolf — “You’re ”
Website Of The Day – Iam always looking for ways to improve my life. My news “must read” is Life Tips.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
1) Find happiness