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2006-10-10 - 11:29 p.m.

the grim reaper (part 1)


so being that I have no idea just what I might do to retire from the working world that is slowly killing me (odds are {and I think science could prove} that we'd all live longer with more rest and less working hours, after all)... this next thought emerges as part of the grumbling that follows really bad luck, however momentary, in techno-geekdom... along with the occasional sigh (and perhaps a whine or few) about not having the physically easy life and luxury of free time that golden spoon in my mouth once so graciously afforded me...

waaah waaah...

ok, so after dropping more than $700 at the Cingular store on two new phones, two new 1GB memory cards, an accessory package that includes a bluetooth ear thing, a case, and a car charger (Raspy is supposed to be covering $140 one of these days, eventually, maybe... and I'm supposed to get $360 back in rebates someday, so it's not that extravagant, right?), we come home all excited to play with our new toys and while Precious is still quite excited about hers...

my new toy broke...

yes, my new Sony/Erikson w801i phone somehow short circuited... an hour and a half shopping and deciding and filling out the forms and registering the phones and all that techno stuff and an hour after I get home the phone short circuits... I tried removing the battery, removing the SIMM card, nothing worked... two hours on the phone with tech support and still, short circuit...

so at the time I was writing this entry I was grumling about not having a phone and having to find time to get back to the Cingular store (and the next day and day after and the day after that were solidly booked and I still had the air-conditioner to get fixed and other stuff to deal with and I was seriously running on empty and had more concerts and shows planned for later in the week and some rest would be right)... and yes, returning to the now, as if this moment I still haven't gotten the air conditioning in the car fixed cuz there's just been no time to get to the car air-conditioning fixer...

really disappointing... extremely frustrating... I could have fixed my air conditioning or even gotten a new computer, but no, I chose phones for me and Precious and the poor-me grumbles spilleth over...

meanwhile, at that very moment, the Mets were batting in the bottom of the ninth in the seventh game of the playoff series... they were leading going into the ninth inning looking like they were heading for the World Series... as I was writing this entry full of grumbles, the Cards grabbed two runs in the top of the ninth to go ahead 3-2 and what better distraction (or crushing blow to an already exhausted and embattled psyche) could the universe provide... of course, the Mets coming back to win the series would be a wonderful gift at that moment, even though I wanted Pujols of the Cards to get his first World Series too...

and the Mets just, at that moment, put their first two base runners on base, meaning the playoof series winning run is at the plate... or the Cards will go to the World Series... one of the other outcome should come in the next few minutes...

and being that baseball is such a painfully slow game at times, I had time to ramble on and reminisce... I've seen a couple of hundred Mets games at Shea Stadium over the years, being that I lived in New York and enjoyed the park experience and had the time and money to do that... so I suppose I should be crazy excited and freaking out right now... in another life, once, I was... but to be real, I'm kind of ambivalent about teams these days... and still, especially at the moment, if the Mets pulled off this bit of magic, I'd smile...

besides, it's a really good distraction from the emotional screw job I got from Cingular and Sony/Erikson... especially since the store told me to call tech support and tech support sent me to sales and warantee department and they told me to mail in the phone and they'd fix it and I'm like, WHAT?... after all, I just left the store and the phone died in the first hour and now I have no phone and they want me to go without a phone for a week or few while they fix my brand new $700 phone? (ok, so the phone did not cost $700, but still)...

after speaking to a service manager who suggested I return to the store as soon as possible, I said thank you very much for wasting my time and providing no service and I hope you recorded this call for quality purposes... yeah, the response was silence until I hung up... I figure they'll just give me a new phone at the store since it shorted out less than an hour out of the store, so I'll hold off on feeling monetarily screwed, but dangit if I wasn't an excited kid there for an hour or so...

bummer, for the moment...

meanwhile, I will go shopping for a new computer just as soon as I have the time... I don't particularly want to take a day off work and what with all the concerts on the schedule (yes, I've got tickets to all the ones listed down there on the right ate the RealTime blog and probably a few I'm forgetting), time is tight...

meanwhile, there's a baseball game on TV...

yes, it is still on...



painfully slow at times, remember?...

two outs, bottom of the ninth, two men on, two runs down, game seven of a best of seven series...

I used to live for this suspense...

ball one...

once again I have enough time to think baseball takes so much time, doesn't it?...

strike one...

from the Cards perspective they are two strikes away from the World Series... from the Mets perspective they are one swing away from the World Series...

ball two...

and the classic duel between pitcher and batter continues...

ball three...

one more ball and it's bases loaded, the best hitter coming up... does the batter swing?...

no, ball four, bases loaded...

and we come to the classic moment that all baseball fans crave...

bases loaded, two outs, bottom of the ninth, game seven of a best of seven series, the home team down to their last out, down by two runs... the winning run is on first base... the power hitter is at the plate...

strike one... I am starting to get a little crazy...

strike two... oh dear, Casey At The Bat must be flashing through the mind of anyone with literary knowledge...

and the slugger, let's call him Casey, looks at the third strike... he doesn't even swing... bases loaded, 0 and 2 count, and he watches the series ending third strike pass by like he was a tourist at Disneyworld (no offense to tourists at Disneyworld, but it is a ridiculous way to go down, watching a game you are supposed to be playing)...

talk about anti-climax...

oh well, the Mets are gone, the Yankees are gone, the Cali teams are gone (I lived in California, so I can root for them too) and it's a replay of the 1967 World Series (which was one of the greatest Series, actually)... unfortunately there is no Bob Gibson or Mickey Lolich or... I do ramble on tangents, don't I?...

so ok, it was almost a wonderfully exciting day...

then my new toy broke...

so tomorrow I'll just go a little more crazy and spoil myself even more somehow and maybe even forget sensible shopping around or research and simply buying more new toys... who needs to start a retirement fund, anyway...






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