Okay, that’s not exactly “breaking.” How about this…
Word on the street (aka Lance Armstrong’s Twitter account) has reported that there will be no Team Time Trial in the 2010 Tour de France. You heard it hear first, unless of course you Follow Lance Armstrong on Twitter too.
Three Days Of The Cold Shoulder
For three days my Amazon account has been frozen due to a miscommunication from my credit card company. My frustration level is rising, all over a $50 charge.
I have been a loyal Amazon customer for over ten years now and in a blink of an eye they have frozen my account without a single notification prior to doing so.
Two days ago I contacted an Amazon customer representative who was as inept as one can be. In fact, this person was so inept that I started to wonder if the email I received from Amazon was actually a phishing scheme for which I fell. Yesterday I contacted a representative at my credit card company who agreed with my assessment that they screwed up and assured me that he would resolve my dispute. My account is still frozen as of this morning.
This should be really good for my bank account, but it’s really bad for my desire to do business with Amazon. My thoughts of buying a Kindle have been dashed, I’m considering purchasing all of my music from iTunes again, and I get free shipping from B&H Photo so I can make any camera-related purchases through them. How wise does immediately freezing my account over a disputed $50 charge seem now, Amazon?
ITP Flickr Pic
This has gotten sad.
RealiTV Update: Hell’s Kitchen Has Shut Down
Last night was the whirlwind two-hour finale of this version of Hell’s Kitchen. I can’t say that I am all that sad to see the season wind up as I didn’t feel that the best of cooks on Hell’s Kitchen could last more than a week on Top Chef.
I can say that I was wrong about the series’ winner, however. Until the showing of the final hour I was certain that Kevin (aka Mistaaaaaaah Clean) was the hands-down favorite. I was also fairly certain that one-handed Dave was going to finish in third, even though he has been surprising me all season long.
Wham! Bam! Thank you, Ma’am. The three finalists cook up country-inspired dishes (Mexican, Indian, Chinese) for three “top chefs” in those cuisines. Dave, whose country is India, nearly cooks beef and still manages to insult by choosing pork (psssst – Have you heard of the Muslims?) Some how Dave’s protein faux pas is not large enough to gain him victory however. Dave, his incredibly pretty fiancé, and some other person (his sister) pig out (pig — see what I did there!?!) on meals prepared by the three judges whilst Kevin and Ariel had to clean and polish all of the silverware to be used for the night’s dinner.
Dinner service on this night is the standard “Run the pass and look out for sabotage” as the cooks try to impress Ramsay one last time. In the end Ariel is ousted; we’re down to two.
Enter the cooks who have been kicked out in recent weeks! (Including the cute Amanda). And choose teams! Hurry, we have less than an hour remaining! Unlike in year’s past there’s no “This is your restaurant, create a menu and decorate your space.” it’s cooking, cooking, cooking time. And before we know it Kevin and Dave are standing in front of doors. Who. Will. Win? Dave.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – blah
Current Music – listening to the “Coverville” (episode 616) podcast
Website Of The Day – I admit that at first I read Go Urban‘s URL as “Gourban” and wondered what the heck ITP-Ready Kay was sending me to last night. Now that I realize that “Go Urban” is a urban adventure race I am interested — Atlanta’s race will be held on March 20th.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check, but wish that I had
Foot Mileage – 8 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 3, Carnivorous Days – 10
Marta Rides – 0
– Not get fired from my job
– Take at least one photo every day
– Restart work on house, actually making progress this time (note: not successful during August)
– 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