May 31, 2010

it's not as bad as I'd like to think it is...

My laptop is sick, and has been for a few days. According to my brother (who is smart in these areas), it isn't associating an IP address. Looks like he is going to be able to fix it. I'm glad. These last few days have been horrid. And yet, I haven't gone without. No, I've been able to do just about everything I need to do online. How, you ask. Well, I have more than one laptop.

It's sad, really. I have three laptops and a desktop (however, the desktop is so old that it doesn't have wireless, and I don't use it often.). Two of those three laptops do have wireless, and they all turn on, run programs, and let me get things done. So really, I can't complain.

And yet, I find myself sad and irritated and upset that my shinny laptop won't work fully. It's been a long few days as I've constantly had to remind myself that I am not underprivileged in any way, I have nothing to complain about, and that I should just suck it up and get over myself.

Isn't life fun?

The weekend, however, has been bad for my family. My young cousin, Tyler, drowned while at a youth retreat. I hadn't seen him in years, but I was catching up on how life was going with my aunt over the last few months, and I was proud of how he was turning out. His death is a huge shock to us all, and I can't even begin to image how hard it is on his parents and brother. I wish I could go be with them, but I can't get away. Sometimes life sucks for real.

Tyler will be missed by friends and family. I hope he's in heaven now.

May 29, 2010

saturday snapshots...

The Wyoming wilderness, and me in the mirror.

May 22, 2010

saturday snapshot...

The most posh hotel I've ever stayed in--and it was in Joburg, South Africa. Granted, it doesn't look so posh after I messed up the bed and put all my stuff around :P

May 18, 2010

the tax they didn't tell us about...

It's been a long day, and after I left the mall at 9:40 (because the printer decided to be stupid and waste 20 minutes before it finally printed our paperwork), I stopped at Sonic to get a little snack. I ordered a junior burger ($1), and said I had a coupon for a large creamslush for 99 cents. This is all I ordered.

The guy had some trouble understanding which coupon I had. I repeated it three or four times, and he finally said it back correctly, and I confirmed. Then he says, "Your total is $3 at the window."

$3? I figured he got too many burgers, or didn't do the coupon right, but it's easier to talk face-to-face. So I pull up to the window (after waiting behind two other cars), and the guy opens it and says, "That's $3."

"I ordered a $1 jurnior burger and a 99 cent creamslush," I said. "That's only $2 plus tax, which should only be 15 cents at most."

"Yes, you have a $1 burger and a 99 cent slush. The tax must be $1."

At this I have to resist the urge to reach out of my car and smack him on the back of his head, Gibbs-style. "Sir," I said, "the tax rate is not 50%. If there is $1 tax on my order, you are overcharging on tax."

He got a bit flustered and went to find his manager. The manager comes back and say, "Okay, your total is $2.57." I explain, again, that it can't be $2.57 any more than it can be $3. For two items that are only $1.99 before tax, the total will be no more than $2.15.

By now, my burger is getting cold, and my creamslush is melting. The manager starts messing with the register, but he can't seem to get it to accept that the total of my order is only going to be $2.15. Finally, he tells the workerbee to "just take care of it". So I give him $5.15 and ask for $3 back. The worker seems to balk at this, but I'm not leaving without my $3.

So there's my story of the week. Some of the Sonic employees in town are trying to charge 50% tax--that's how they are making money on their $1 menu :P

here we go again...

So, my friend Shelly has decided to become a blogger. I was helping her set her blog up, and she linked to mine. Guess that means I should actually blog from time to time!

So I'll give this another shot. Look for me to be around a bit more often. And maybe you'll hear a funny story or two.