Archive for April, 2009

New Extensions

April 28, 2009

This week my place of employment has begun upgrading our phone system from the best technology that 1985 had to offer. We are moving to a VoIP system that should enhance our capabilites to a level that befits a company with annual sales approaching 9 digits.

The first part of this migration has been changing everyone’s extension from 3 digits to 4 digits by adding “8” to the beginning of each extension.  I don’t know why this is, but we have to go with it.  And so every internal phone call I’ve made this week has been dialed twice, first the old 3 digit extension – which of course results in me hearing the busy/idiot signal – then the correct 4 digit extension.  Miraculously, I have not smashed the phone in frustration, but it’s only the first couple days. 

So does anyone know what I can expect from this new VoIP system?  Or should I not even ask?


Unrelated Thoughts

April 21, 2009

I have a few things that I’d like to get off my chest, so let’s go!

The presence of Perez Hilton as a judge at the Miss USA pageant says all I need to know about the event.  I can also say without reservation that a woman’s position on gay marriage has no bearing on my calculation of her beauty, poise, or intelligence.  I may not agree with her, but I also think it’s completely irrelevant.

The weather in and around Buffalo, NY at this time of year is absolutely maddening.  Tomorrow night there will likely be a mix of snow and rain with temperatures around 35 degrees.  Saturday is supposed to be 72 degrees and sunny.  Of course it won’t be 72 at my house, since I live within 800 feet of the 38 degree Lake Erie.  It will probably be more like 60.  Oh well.

This time of year also brings the joy of the NHL playoffs, but there are two drawbacks this year.  One is that the Sabres aren’t playing, which decreases my interest in general and makes it difficult to find my true rooting interest.  The second is that since I have DirecTV I don’t get CBC – the Canadian TV channel that carries Hockey Night In Canada and airs a couple playoff games every night.  I don’t have a strong enough antenna to pull it in from across the lake over the air, either, so I’m SOL.


    because you care

    April 14, 2009

    This morning I fired up the computer to see what was going on in the world, and my Yahoo home page was headlining a story about the Obamas and whether or not they broke a campaign promise by getting a Portugese Water Dog from a breeder.  I don’t want to get into the story, but you can read all about it if you wish.

    In fact, that’s the point.  We all will.   I’ll even bet there are more people out there that can name Barack Obama’s dog than could name his Treasury Secretary.  Priorities, people!  Is there anyone out there that voted for Obama because they really thought he was going to get a shelter dog?  Was that your deciding factor?  I wish that everything else in my world was so well taken care of – like the economy, wars, terrorism, you know, boring shit like that – so I could completely immerse myself in such a meaningless issue as the president’s dog.

    I for one couldn’t care less what kind of dog the Obamas have gotten for their kids.  Based on what the media reports, I’m in the minority.  My personal opinion is that the media is like any other vendor of products or services; they provide a product that people want.  So if people really didn’t care about the damned dog, we wouldn’t be hearing about the damned dog.  But obviously the damned dog matters to enough people that the media is running with it.  I just happen to think that’s really messed up.

    /rant over

    yard work time is with us again

    April 2, 2009

    Hallelujah, spring is upon us!  Unless, of course, you live in or near Buffalo.  Then you get interesting weather patterns that give you a 65 degree sunny day in the same forecast that warns of the possibility of accumulating snow in a few days.  But oh well, that’s for another day.  Today is for bitching about yard work!

    This past weekend I began the annual clean up of 3,657,772 or so leaves that collect in my yard from my neighbor’s trees.  This year through procrastination, strange weather, and the tendency for a lake to form in my back yard, many of the leaves left over from last year (see: procrastination) began decomposing.  After I had raked them all into a big pile and then herded them into a bunch of garbage cans, there remained a large area of my lawn that was black from the remains of the lower levels of leaves.  What a pleasant sight.  Also black were my formerly white socks; ok, they were dark brown by the time I got done raking, because they were not only muddy but also sopping wet.

    Another fun part of my past weekend was the first trimming of the hedge along the south side of my yard that runs from the street, up past the side of the house and behind my shed.  It’s sort of a mess behind my shed, as it’s where three yards come together and my neighbor’s shed is situated, as well as a telephone/power pole and of course the fence.  This rather jumbled area is also home to some rather annoying vegetation.  Intertwined in the hedge is some sort of fast-growing vine-like plant that twists around branches or just about anything else.  I swear to God this stuff grows about 10 feet a week.  I pulled out one section of this that was no shit 45 feet long.  And it’s still freaking spring!  I hope I got a lot of it out, but I know I didn’t get it all and it will be back.

    After all my hard work, I can say with certainty that the 10 feet of the yard furthest away from the house in back looks awesome now.  I can walk behind my shed again.  And now that those two things are done, I might finally get to the front yard and clean up something that the nieghbors across the street can actually see.  🙂