I am fuming today. My anger is fueled by (note: not “powered by”) the amount of work that I have to do, but shouldn’t have to, in order to get people to do their job.
I am about as tired of feeling like a loser as your probably are reading about it. But when shit, continually different shit, keeps happening to me I have to wonder aloud.
Water Water Everywhere, Except Of Course In My House
Last night I got home from the optometrist and started to think about how I was going to spend my evening — then I flushed the toilet. When I flushed I noticed something very different — silence. I immediately thought that the toilet had broken, so I “turned on” the water to different faucets to verify I had water, only to hear air. I immediately called the City of Atlanta in order to get someone to come out. After two hours of waiting, as well as posting a query on the EAV Buzz I decided to check my water meter to see if it was moving while I had no water in the house. Not only was it stationary, the damn thing looked brand spanking new, because it is! My theory was that a crew came out and replaced my meter but never turned the water back on, or did and I have some leak that caused them to immediately shut it off again.
Here’s a free suggestion for the City of Atlanta, Let the goddamn homeowner know when you do this! For fuck’s sake, I shouldn’t have to spend my time playing Columbo in order to figure out what’s going on for something that you have done.
At 5am I went out and turned the water service back on because no one ever came out to my house. In doing this I believe that I have a water leak somewhere (but I kinda already knew that). Gee, that’s exactly what I need, another job around the house. Let’s see, clean roof, fix chainsaw so that I can finish with downed limbs, paint railing, get soffit repaired, check attic for critters, and now look for and repair water leak(s). I am sure that there are other jobs but can’t bring myself to try and remember them.
Twelve Days Of ITP Flickr Pics
Each day through Christmas I will be picking my favorite photo for each month of 2007.
A night that will live in infamy.
The Week Of Follow-Ups
It’s only Tuesday, but I already know that it is going to be one of those weeks…
You’ve read about yesterday, which of course now has spawned an unknown amount of work for me (or a nice expensive plumber) to complete.
Today I need to compare the second bill sent to me by my (soon-to-be previous) doctor’s lab so that I can fight at least a portion of the bill. The second bill is for work done on the blood sample that I was told had been lost. I am sure that I will have to go and chat with the doctor’s office today. As I see it either the first sample was not lost and thus I should not have had to give a second and receive a bill for the test run on it, or the first sample was lost and I should not have received a bill for tests run on a lost blood sample. Either way I refuse to pay twice.
Also at some point today I need to touch base with the accountant that I am trying to get to calculate my estimated taxes for this year so that I don’t get whacked with penalties when I file in April. This has turned into a two-month long process because I am constantly having to call her. She was supposed to call me with information last Wednesday and has not gotten to me since. If this wasn’t so close to year’s end I’d start shopping around for another accountant.
I am sure that this is the pot calling the kettle black, but what has happened to the work ethic in this country? Seriously I cannot be this unlucky, can I?
I Already Have My 2008 Theme
You find out what it is on January 1.
Ladies And Gentlemen Start Your DVRs
Last night I discovered that there is one more new episode of Kitchen Nightmares to be aired, which will occur this Wednesday. I could have sworn that the Coming Attractions shown at the end of last week’s episode made Wednesday’s show look like a re-run.
Also, remember that this coming Sunday will be the finale for Survivor: China. CBS will show an hour-long episode on Thursday evening and follow it up with the two-hour long finale on Sunday.
CD Pick Of The Week
Another week of new releases that I have no interest in buying. So this week I am going to suggest that you go out and buy Okkervil River’s “The Stage Names.” You won’t be sorry.
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – frustrated
Current Music – WOXY‘s Holiday Mixer stream
Website Of The Day – Even though I thought Saturday’s trivia contest was crap I like trivia. If you do as well you should check out Weird Facts.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing, I waited around the house for the water workers to arrive — they never did
Monthly Foot Mileage – 15.3 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 4
1) Run no fewer than 50 miles
2) Ride Marta no fewer than twenty times (ten round-trips)
3) Read at least one book