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.
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.
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
– 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