I actually had a blog-related nightmare last night. I dreamt I was checking my stats, and I was down to the “five people a day” level of traffic. Five people being the SPIKES. I can’t say it was much of a nightmare, because my reaction was, “Huh. Guess I should post more…” and here I am.
As always I have an excuse. In addition to riding my bicycle to 20 hours worth of lessons per week, I am very tired from dealing with house-related things. Words like “parging” and “lawyer” and “variable rate mortgage” have entered my daily vocabulary. I now know the difference between “comprehensive” and “broad” insurance coverage. I have dealt with the electricity, gas, and phone companies, been put on hold many times and listened to more smooth easy-listening jazz than one would imagine was sufficient for a lifetime. I have gone through five years worth of bills and thrown out everything from before January 2008. I have written checks for amounts that dwarf the amount of money I made my first year out of school.
But whatever. That’s life. In the end I get to live in my own house, and that’s worth two weeks of chicken-with-its-head-cut-off-like running around.
In other news, the Torture Memos CD went to the producers today. We’ll be doing the official release end of November/beginning of December. I suggested “Give the gift of Torture!” as a marketing slogan (a perfect gift idea for the ACLU member on your list), but I don’t think Ben bought it. The record sounds amazing and the packaging looks great, so what more can you ask for?
Also we bought a new printer. If anyone wants the old one – a semi-functional Samsung colour laser printer with no toner – you are welcome to it. It’ll cost you about $200 to fill with toner, but it IS free and I will fully explain exactly what voodoo rites you have to perform to get it to print anything.
What else? Oh, don’t EVER shop for novelty/promotional USB drives online, or you will get more spam email than you would think possible. A few months ago I researched getting some for the band – we were thinking of releasing the Torture Memos on novelty USBs, but it turned out to be too expensive – and I asked for a bunch of quotes from different suppliers. BIG MISTAKE. It’s cooled off a bit now, but for a while I was getting 10-20 Viagra/penis enlargement/get-rich-quick spam messages a day.
And I voted. Our riding had a by-election today, and I managed to squeeze in voting between being put on hold by the phone company and doing the laundry so we don’t have to move dirty clothes. I always vote. Even if it seems pointless, you gotta do it for the sufragettes.
I think that’s enough random rambling for today. That and I don’t have enough positive categories on this blog. I need categories like, “Puppies and rainbows” or “Things I whole-heartedly and unreservedly like”.