The One Where I Get Ticked At Apple

After doing laundry, eating out (which I shouldn’t have done), and then returning home to put away clean clothes all I wanted to do was sit down and watch Mad Men. I had downloaded the first episode of the final season onto my iPad and dutifully hooked it up to the television. I guess it’s been some time since I watched content at Betsy’s house since the only HDMI/iPad connector I could locate had a “old”-style 30-pin connector on it. No worries, I have a 30-pin/Lightning connector in my possession so I connected everything up in anticipation of seeing what was going to happen to Don Draper in his final season.

And then I saw: “This accessory is not compatible with this iPad.” pop up on the iPad’s screen.

What the fuck? I was using all Apple-branded connectors, with the exception of the HDMI cable, which I used previously with success, and I was seeing this?! After a few attempts I threw my hands up in disgust and watched Mad Men on the iPad. Looks like I’m going to have to shell out another $50 for the updated adapter. It’s a damn good thing that I still own some Apple stock otherwise I’d truly be pissed off today.

Related: Mad Men is getting into the late-1960s, early-1970s when all personal hygiene seemed to have gone out the window.

Bright Light! Bright Light!
The office building’s maintenance crew made their rounds yesterday. I don’t know why they don’t keep a map of all of the people who have specifically requested that the fluorescent bulbs above their desks not be screwed in, but they don’t. I’ll give them a little slack because at least they are doing their job.

With my next-door cubicle neighbor on vacation this week he was not there to remind the maintenance crew, so they promptly screwed in all three of his bulbs. Man was it annoyingly bright in my cubicle yesterday. Even as I type this now I am fighting the glow that is coming over my shoulders. I think I need to invest in a large black cape to block his light from entering my cube. Or, I need to investigate getting a new job before the office moves to Duluth / Norcross / John’s Creek next year as has been increasingly rumored.

That Rain Might Help
I only wish I had been smart enough to put out the garbage bin in addition to the recycling bin last night so that the downpour that passed over Atlanta could have washed the pollen off of it. But I wasn’t, so now I will have a clean recycling bin and a pollen-laden garbage bin.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the rain came through, especially that late in the evening, because I’m sure that it knocked down and washed away a lot of the pollen that was starting to bloom. Of course rain will encourage more growth and potentially more pollen, but we can deal with that when we get there.

Exercise Today, And Tomorrow?
I’m almost starting to think like a person who is dissatisfied with his weight.


Today I will make all efforts necessary to get in some exercise after work, perhaps a long walk or a visit to this place I’ve heard discussed by others called a “gym”.

Tomorrow I will be packing the bicycle into the M6 and going for a post-work ride, unless the skies open widely with rain, which at the moment is not forecasted.

Wish me well on these endeavors. I don’t say this often, but this is a critical juncture in my life. I want to look much better for my ensuing Midlife Crisis. I can have one of those even if I don’t have a wife to leave for a “trophy” wife, right?

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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10 Responses to The One Where I Get Ticked At Apple

  1. Steve says:

    “(you) want to look much bettor”- were you dictating this? That’s an odd substitution if you were.

    First things first- Happy Anniversary Debbie! I love you very muchly.

    And happy anniversary Barb and Allan yesterday!

    As far as Augusta National, the TV just doesn’t do it justice.. really incredible.

    The other adventure from the weekend. Debbie had marked a path in the woods down to the new pasture we will be fencing this weekend. I worked for several hours to clear the stumps and small trees, in order to put down gravel. The neighbor came by and asked if I’d like him to bring over his bulldozer to get the stumps out. WELL HELL YEAH! He made short order of the stumps and left ME the bulldozer to clear what ever else I need to clear!! I may ask Santa Claus to bring me one- this could be a lot of fun!! And make a big mess!


  2. Stupid autocorrect! 😉

    Happy anniversaries to the Debbie/Steve and Barb/Alan.

  3. Barb says:

    Back to the office – my fitbit said we walked 7 miles yesterday. What an awesome NO RAIN day.
    We did get monsooned on driving back from Conyers, we stayed out there after dropping off Steve & Debbie at their car & had drinks & dinner with some friends that live out that way.
    It was a pretty special anniversary, doing a bucket list thing of going to Augusta National.

    The most surprising & fun thing to watch yesterday was the golfers trying to skip their golf balls across the pond on #16, and watching the turtles on the bank in front of the green, wondering if they would get hit by those skipped golf balls.

  4. Stacy says:

    Regarding Norcross/Johns Creek: I hope for your sake you don’t have to move here for work. I’m not saying it’s bad — it’s just that there’s no good way of getting in and out of this place! If you’re not right off the interstate, it’s a cluster. Hopefully your company will keep you in mind if they do move. (But hey! If they do, it also means we can probably grab l lunches in the future! So that wouldn’t suck too much.)

    If you need a reward after your long walk/gym time, I’d like to alert you that it’s National Beer Day. It’d be a shame not to participate. I’m hoping the weather report holds as it does because I’m thinking of hitting the Beltline myself after work.

    Happy happy anniversary wishes to the Bradys and the Groves! 🙂 <3 May you all have many many more years of happiness and love!

  5. Steve says:

    We wondered as we walked the course and heard “the roar” of the crowd- turned out to be them skipping across the pond and still making it safely onto the green. Quite amusing to watch.

    Paulie, don’t your bosses know that it’s all happening in Midtown? That might be the final incentive you need to sell the EAV estate- or find a new job.

  6. Steve says:

    And Stacy, after all the fun of yesterday, I had no energy to watch the game last night- I did say to several folks yesterday in their W shirts I hoped they brought home a winner last night.

  7. Steve says:

    This isn’t a great camera angle, but you get the idea…

  8. I’ll give you one guess as to where the Big Boss in this office lives…

  9. Stacy says:

    Probably right next door to my boss, Paulie. 😉

  10. Steve says:

    Remember the Golden Rule- he who has the gold makes the rules.

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