Like all people, my life has its ups and downs.
I Love Receiving Money About Which I’ve Forgotten
Yesterday in the mail I received a check for $25 from MAC welcoming me to their family. I was thoroughly confused since I’ve been a born-again Apple user for nearly three years so I figured the “Welcoming Committee” was a bit tardy, until I remembered that this MAC is not the computer but the name of the company that manufactures flash remote triggers Pocket Wizards. The check is fulfillment of a rebate that I mailed back sometime in March and had completely forgotten about until yesterday.
I Must Learn That Little In This Life Is Set In Stone
I may be naive, but when I book flights at certain times I expect the airlines to honor their offering. My naivety is increased by my belief that if my plans are changed by the airline without consulting me that I should be compensated in the same way that they force me to compensate them when I chose to change my travel plans.
The other day I received notification from United Airlines that my return flight from Winnipeg had been changed and that my departure time would be three hours later than I had originally planned. Now, instead of arriving home at a respectable 7pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time, my scheduled arrival time is 10pm EDT. Dangen!
Has this happened to anyone? Should I be able to demand some for of compensation for the inconvenience thrust upon me?
ITP Flickr Pic
Putting A Damper On My Future Plans
As many of you know, every time I travel I’m looking for the place that I want to move next. In many ways Atlanta has not produced the “future” I wanted, and I think I may want to live somewhere else before I die (or get too old to enjoy life).
Yesterday I saw Kiplinger Magazine published this year’s “Best Cities In America” list:
- Huntsville, Alabama
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Washington D.C.
- Charlottesville, Virginia
- Athens, Georgia
- Olympia, Washington
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Austin, Texas
- Flagstaff, Arizona
- Raleigh, North Carolina
Well, let’s see… I’ve already lived in Huntsville; Austin was the other town I thought about moving to when I left Huntsville in 1995, so it’s obviously jumped the shark; I’ve no desire to live in DC; Madison gets far too much snow and cold; Athens? Nah, it’s worse that Atlanta (imho); Virginia? Well, it is for lovers…; I loved Flagstaff when I visited there a few years ago, but it’s expensive and this list isn’t going to help that; Olympia seems like it’s a Microsoft town; I have great friends who live in Albuquerque and Raleigh so they could be possibilities…
So of those ten only two seem like viable options for me — and all this list is going to do is raise the cost of living over the next five years. I guess I’ll just have to keep on traveling.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – listening to the “Net@Night” podcast
Website Of The Day – BookCrossing is an interesting site which tracks books’ travels around the globe. If you find a book with a BookCrossing id you should log it on their site.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Foot Mileage – 7 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 18 (18)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 26
Marta Rides – 0
Whoops, I didn’t even consider this. Perhaps something will be here on Monday.
– Reduce my weight to 190 pounds (today’s weight was 199.5 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalapeño Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C (iPhone development) and Ruby on Rails (Black Sheep web page concept)
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem