Thursday, August 31, 2000

"My lips hit her nose at the water fountain." What a great first line for a romance novel. What an adorable big boy. :) 8/31/2000 03:32:10 PM .:. | Discuss

DSL Update? I wish I had one. There's an office pool on "When Will Mark's DSL Hell Be Over?" and the current bets are sometime at the end of next week. Somehow I doubt it. 8/31/2000 03:29:05 PM .:. | Discuss

I ran across this page and it instantly brought back memories. I miss my Lincoln Logs. In addition to DSL, please add Lincoln Logs to my wish list. 8/31/2000 03:21:14 PM .:. | Discuss

Monday, August 28, 2000

I've been on hold with PacBell for the past 70 minutes now. I am still on hold. I've been told by Renee that my order has been upgraded to an Escalation Supervisor. Just as she was telling me her name I was mysteriously disconnected. When I called back, after being put on hold again, I was told that Renee doesn't exist and that there is no way to find out the name of my "Escalation Supervisor" but that it would take TEN more days to "design a word doc" for this order. I'll design the idiotic word doc in ten minutes, for FREE, if they just give me my DSL. Is that REALLY asking too much? I'll write more when I know more. Right now, 18 minutes after being put on hold on my third phone call this morning, I'm being told that they "appreciate my patience... someone will be with you shortly...". Happy Monday! 8/28/2000 09:41:01 AM .:. | Discuss

Happy Birthday, Matt. Has it really been seven years? I suddenly feel so old. 8/28/2000 09:36:46 AM .:. | Discuss

Sunday, August 27, 2000

I (heart) iSketch. 8/27/2000 02:33:26 PM .:. | Discuss

Saturday, August 26, 2000

Thanks Dinah for your kind words about my "difficult time". :) 8/26/2000 05:35:48 PM .:. | Discuss

She "fell in love for" me. I've never had someone fall in love for me though I assume she's really just fallin in love wth me which, I must admit, happens often. Well, more often than I've gotten DSL. I'm honored, Julia! *blush* :) 8/26/2000 05:09:11 PM .:. | Discuss

Why does DSL rhyme so well with B.S. Hell? Because the art of getting DSL is hellish bullshit. The installer showed up at 9:35am. He asked me to disconnect from the internet to leave the line free and he then went to the phone box and a few minutes later reported that there was no DSL signal and that he could not proceed with installation. I nearly reached down his throat wrestling out liver and tossing chucking it over the fence but I realized that wouldn't really help speed up DSL installation. He left and I went to connect back to the net on my slooooooow dialup connection and found the line to be dead. Of course, the installer was gone already and I had no phone line. Luckily I did have my cell phone and I proceeded to attempt to call Pacific Bell and Tycho, the ISP that is our go-between for this connectivity. Half an hour later I had spoken to a live person who told me he would have the installer dispatched back to the house to fix the problem. Six hours later he arrived and I am now back where I started. Once again, no DSL for me. Sigh, 8/26/2000 03:48:35 PM .:. | Discuss

The DSL man is here. Let's hope this works! Be back (on DSL?) ASAP... 8/26/2000 09:37:25 AM .:. | Discuss

Deja Vu All Over Again... I'm now about a quarter of an hour into the first hour of my wait from 9-5 today for the Pacific Bell DSL installer. As you know, I did the same thing yesterday for many hours only to be called and told they wouldn't be arriving. Why should today, 81 days after originally ordering the DSL, be any different? 8/26/2000 09:16:45 AM .:. | Discuss

Friday, August 25, 2000

Pacific Bell is evil. I got a call a little while ago letting me know that for some reason they would not be installing DSL today and I will instead have to wait, again, all day tomorrow, Saturday, instead. Something tells me I'll never have DSL. 8/25/2000 02:38:47 PM .:. | Discuss

Three hours. Sigh. 8/25/2000 12:17:11 PM .:. | Discuss

I've been waiting for nearly two hours now. Not that I'm complaining or anything... when do I call PacBell to find out if they forgot? 8/25/2000 11:01:47 AM .:. | Discuss

The waiting has begun. Twenty minutes into it and I do not have DSL. Think good thoughts, please... 8/25/2000 09:23:45 AM .:. | Discuss

Thursday, August 24, 2000

Today, Friday the 25th of August, is my official DSL installation date. I am to wait at home from 9am to 5pm for the Pacific Bell installer to arrive and hook me up. I will not go to the bathroom. I will not move from my perch within eyesight of the front door for fear of being away at the time the DSL person arrives. For my bladder's sake, let's hope they arrive sooner than later. For my sake, let's hope all goes well. I've been waiting since June 6th, when the service was ordered, for this. It's been about eleven weeks now, about ten weeks since I've been using this ancient 26k dial up modem connection. Three months since I was last connected to T1. I have done my time, you see. I want my DSL. 8/24/2000 11:53:48 PM .:. | Discuss

Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Whoa! I received an email this morning informing me that my DSL installation date will be Friday, August 25. I am to be at home from 8am to 5pm to wait for the Pac Bell DSL installer. I am trying not to put too much faith into this as I know of too many people who have been screwed over, even this far into the game. But, it's more hope than I've had since June 6, when the DSL was ordered. 8/15/2000 11:04:23 PM .:. | Discuss

I didn't eat lunch and daydreamed about it all afternoon in hopes that french onion soup would arrive like it was Christmas. And Christmas came early this evening! Jennifer's French Onion soup was soOooo good! Apparently, however, she wasn't quite satisfied with it and plans to take another stab at it and perfect it tomorrow. Can't wait for dinner tomorrow! MmmmMmmm good! 8/15/2000 12:00:09 AM .:. | Discuss

Sunday, August 13, 2000

I think I'm going to get back into the habit of blogging here for ya. I'll begin with this here entry: Jennifer, Andrew and I spent all day in San Francisco on Saturday. It was a very eventful, and therefor tiring adventure. We took CalTrains into the city and walked towards the throngs of people finding ourselves at the foot of a quaint French bistro-like cafe and I did what I've been doing for the past many weeks now. That being I ordered a tasty bowl of french onion soup. I don't know what it is about this meal, you see. I liked the soup when I was younger just fine. But I never liked it like this. Just today I ordered two large bowls of said soup and ate them in the park while watching Andrew play Power Rangers with a young child who said his name was Little Eric (Big Eric was nowhere in sight). I ordered two bowls of french onion soup from Max's, a Jewish deli type restaurant a few miles from home, on Friday evening as well. I went out to dinner with my parents last Wednesday and ordered a bowl of french onion soup to go with my meal, as well. I tried the canned Progresso french onion soup a week ago, as well, but won't be doing that again as though tasty as french onion soup can be, it just isn't tasty enough when poured and heated out of a tin can. The french onion kick is upon me, you see. It appears to possibly be coming to a head. Why not a tail? Why must it come from a head? Or, is it coming from "ahead" - in which case I should have seen it coming in the first place? Anyway, I feel this french onion kick just may reach its climax Monday evening when I come home from work. You see, Jennifer, Andrew and I used our Safeway Club Cards and bought two pounds of onions (I believe they may have been grown in France) and assorted french onion soup ingredients. So, tomorrow, when I return home from work and said ingredients have been cooked, I will consume yet another batch of tasty french onion soup. Perhaps someone will hire me to critique french onion soups from around the world. My first review would read something like this:

Max's and Mimi's and the quaint French bistro-like cafe serve yummy soup. Progresso canned does not.
How's that? Needs work, I know. But I've got plenty more french onion soup reviews coming to hone my craft. Do any of you have your very own recipes? Let me know! I leave you with this unforgettable nugget of memory from our travels this weekend in San Francisco... Whilst eating french onion soup at the quaint French bistro-like cafe with Jennifer and Andrew, a homeless man walked up to me and said, "I'm trying to raise the down payment on a cheeseburger". If he had been raising a down payment on french onion soup I may have given him some cash. 8/13/2000 11:21:21 PM .:. | Discuss

Monday, August 07, 2000

I just went on a five hour IKEA run. Remind me not to do that again, please. Thanks! :) 8/7/2000 04:42:07 PM .:. | Discuss

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