It Can Be A Frustrating Life

Yesterday was a roller coaster ride of emotion for me.

Will I Get The HD Or Won’t I
Over the weekend I made a $99 online purchase of a Roku media player. The Roku box, which has been around for a few years, most notably allows one to stream movies from his/her Netflix account to a television. Recently Roku has been adding other content providers making their device more intriguing to me as a companion to my AppleTV.

Out of nowhere Roku announced a $20 price drop to their current set top box, as well as the addition two new offers to their product catalog, including a HD version at the $99 price level — yesterday! You’ve got to be kidding me!!!

I have been informed by Roku that I will be receiving the HD model for the $99 order I placed, but I’m currently skeptical. Roku provides a “30-day money-back guarantee” which I may have to exercise if I receive the SD version instead.

Dude I’m NOT Getting A Dell!
Well, so much for getting a Dell (monitor/keyboard/mouse). I received the following in email yesterday, the day after placing my order.

Dear Paul,

This is to notify you that, regrettably, we need to cancel your recent order for a “Dell ST2310 23” Monitor with Dell Wireless Keyboard and Mouse”. This item is no longer available in our website.

We truly value our relationship and reputation with our customers, and we realize the negative impact from these types of cases. Please be assured that we are working hard to try and prevent this situation going forward. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

We will like you visit our web site where you can replace your orders and configure new model systems you can also take advantage of our new promotions.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you for being a Dell Customer

Even more frustrating to me is that I went back to Dell‘s website yesterday afternoon and the offer was still there.

ITP Flickr Pic
I saw these lamps made of fibers and I knew that I must take a photo of one.
A Thousand Points Of Light
I am not disappointed with the results.

Amazon “Called” And Wants To Make Up
Also in yesterday’s electronic mail was a note from Amazon telling me that they’ve received my notification to charge the credit card which has been causing me all this difficulty and agreed to reopen my Amazon account.


I feel as if I’ve received a call from an old girlfriend telling me that she wants to get back together and it feels so good.

Back To My Mac
Taco Mac that is.

With the weather being completely shitty yesterday afternoon and a quick glance at the traffic stand-stills that populated the highways last night I decided to wait out traffic at Taco Mac.

At first I was slightly disappointed because I was being served by a dude instead of one of the many cute female staff, and saw on my Passport list that I had achieved the 75-beer milestone (for which a $10 credit is awarded) but there was no mention of receiving this reward.

I decided to make the best of it by bringing out my MacBook and doing a little surfing using Taco Mac’s free WiFi. A sports bar with a great beer selection, pretty staff, and free WiFi is the trifecta for this nerd.

Things (inside) started to look brighter as I was informed by a cute waitress named Ellen that my server had gone home ill (dude, serving food and drink while sick is completely uncool!) and that she would taking care of me. Ellen was attentive and efficient, and at night’s end made sure that $10 was taken off my total because I had surpassed the 75-beer milestone.

Oh, and by the time I left traffic was not an issue.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat, slow
Current Music – listening to an NPR music podcast
Website Of The Day – I heard that “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” was on last night. When I was a kid all Peanuts shows were “brought to us” by Dolly Madison. To this day I thank Dolly Madison Bakery for doing so. 😀
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check

Foot Mileage – 8 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 5, Carnivorous Days – 22
Marta Rides – 0

October Goals
– 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)

2009 Goals
– 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
РEarn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalape̱o 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

The Unmeasurable
– 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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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14 Responses to It Can Be A Frustrating Life

  1. RanLiCoop says:

    Work has been pretty hectic lately, so checking ITP (much less commenting) has been relatively difficult. So, just to give you some feedback, I’ve enjoyed the recent pics (at least the four I can remember without going back to look – skyline, clouds, sneaker and fiber lamp). I think the sneaker is my favorite of those four.

    OK, back to work. Have a nice day, everyone.

  2. Martha says:

    Congrats on getting your Amazon account back up and running. I’m sure your CC is well rested and ready to charge again.

    Did you get the other bit of good news from Amazon yesterday? Prime orders place on Thursdays will now be received on Saturday. Yeah for Saturday deliveries!!!

  3. Oddly my credit card, unlike its owner, has continued to get sufficient exercise. And this without the $200 charge that Dell was supposed to place on it!

    I did not receive that information about Amazon Prime orders. I don’t think that it will matter much for me however as I have all packages shipped to my office thanks to the American Terrorists who roam East Atlanta and its surrounding neighborhoods.

  4. Steve says:

    To follow up on yesterdays poll for Fox Bros meetup, I’m thinking that next Thursday will be better, as Barb might actually come ITP and maybe Sal can make it (?).


  5. I will pencil in “Fox Bros BBQ” on my calendar for next Thursday. It’ll make a mess all over my computer’s monitor but that’s okay by me.

  6. Sal says:

    Okay….it’s penciled in on my calendar….Fox Bros next Thursday.

    Liked the photo today.

  7. Barb says:

    Sal – I guess we ought to carpool – huh ?
    I’m in Birmingham right now, wasting time until meeting my salesman for a lunch appt. This Drury Inn has a free computer, so I don’t have to watch Regis & Kelly – whoo hoo! I was going to go shop, but all the stores around here don’t open until 10. (I’m in the central time zone & it totally messed with me last night, I was going to watch the news at 11, and it was long over.)

  8. Barb, you could also do some research to see if B’ham has any beer that can not be purchased in Atlanta. 🙂

    I need to make a trip to B’ham some day. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone there.

  9. debbie says:

    Woohoo Fox Bros!! Sal, I’ll bring your suit/towel so you can be reunited before next summer or the Winter Day Spa Caber Tossing Bonfire Campout.

  10. barb says:

    Paulie- that would involve thinking. I’m spending my time to waste on FB. 😉
    Talk to y’all tomorrow, I should finally be leaving this Drury Inn soon.

  11. debbie says:

    Just surfed over to and these are the first 4 headlines:

    Metro Atlanta losing out to smarter cities
    Atlanta faces rat infestation
    Metro jobless rate spikes
    Wrecks jam I-75 and I-85

    I don’t know how you would ever consider moving Paulie….

  12. Okay Barb, I understand. You can’t fault me for trying though. 🙂

  13. Seriously, what more could someone ask of his home town? What about a 200% increase in water rates over the next three years? Yeah, Atlanta has that too!

  14. Martha says:

    Sort of a thread jack but does have to do with eating out…Have you been by the old Zocola’s? It looks like a new place just opened, The Painted Table, heard anything about it? No idea about the menu but it looked like they were open for buisness this morning.

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