Phillip

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee alumni.

An Almost Epic 2 Weeks

I WAS going to do this yesterday, but I was beat. But really, it’s kind of an interesting read about what’s been happening lately. Also, just as a forewarning, I’m beat, so this thing my be laced with typos and grammatical errors

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My Stupid Insurance Adjuster…Among Other Things

Ok, first things first, on September 30th a water valve popped. Literally, it split in 2. It beats me how, since the thing is rated for 400 PSI and city water is at a pressure of between 40-74 PSI. So, yeah, we finally had an adjuster out here on Monday, and he basically took pictures and declared everything to be ok. Even proving it with a handy dandy moisture probe that he stuck into a rug that was allowed to dry for 3 and a half weeks in a wide open area. At 32% humidity. Of course the damned thing would show that it was dry!

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I <3 Android! And some other things…

So, it’s been no surprise to anyone here that I hated my Nokia. I’ve now had my new phone for about a week and I love it. Even though it does sometimes say that I’m in Ventura. 8 MP camera, 720P recording, a horribly tinny speaker, a shitty network. Oh, now that I think about that, I’m involved with a lawsuit against AT&T. I have 8 lawyers and at least 4 of them are partners at their firms. I don’t want to see that bill.

My car is burning oil. The damned thing is burning oil and it has a hair less than 60k miles on it. That should not be happening. Luckily I’m covered until August of next year or 80k miles, but still.

New glasses! And sunglasses! Which resulted in a fight with someone because apparently $280 is too much to pay for prescription sunglasses. Only $60 more than what the standard ones would cost. Though, they are fucking sweet looking. And my actual glasses? They’re completely frame-less. It’s just the lenses, stems and nose bridge. Damned sweet.

My sort of pseudo-job hunting seems to be having better results than I thought. And, the results I’ve been getting are using my degree! Plus, it’s kind of weird to be hearing that what I’d be making is around what each of my parents make, and this is a first real job where they’ve been doing them all their lives.

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Stupid POS Nokia!

I seriously hate this phone. I’ve had 2 of them, and they’ve both had the exact same problems. I think some of you may remember the fact that the color is supposed to be on the front cover. Yeah, that didn’t work on the 1st one, and the 2nd one it died some months back. That I can live with, but it’d be nice to have it do its pulsating light when I have a voicemail or text. So, the other day I was texting and it did yet another thing it’s known for; it lost the damned signal and couldn’t communicate with the tower again. Normally I can set it to airplane mode then back to normal and it’ll work again. No, if it fails sending a text it’ll still try to send the fucking thing and won’t turn off the radio. And obviously if doesn’t tell me if it has a signal until I try to send the damned text. So this involves a turning off the phone, turning it back on, waiting, and sending out duplicate texts for some reason. Now, this is almost kind of maybe liveable, as in if I didn’t want to fucking use my goddamned phone as a fucking phone! But wait! That’s not all! Get a Nokia today and you’ll get a phone that randomly deletes/hides text messages! Until you rip the battery out, put it back in, count down the 2 minutes before you can use the phone again, vividly recalling that you just did this 20 minutes ago. Lastly, if you decide to put a MicroSD card in to make a back-up, it’ll try to make a backup of the shit on the card! WHY THE HELL WOULD I WANT THAT?! If you do it on a computer, it’ll make a backup of the phone and card, in its entirety. If you put an 8 GB card in, guess what, your backup is 8GB 75MB.

Seriously Nokia, how fucking hard is it to make a phone that does these things without a fucking spectacle? They’ve been making phones for years and years, I would expect that they could figure out how to get the damned radio to work with their shitty software. Which, by the way, is a scaled down version of other shit they use. Wow, I can see why Nokia is sucking a big fail cock. Next month I’ll be so fucking glad when I can get a new phone and shoot the hell out of this one. Or maybe run it over, or continually toss it into the ground. Whatever, as long as it’s not around anymore and it relieves some of my frustration with Nokia. And I would never buy another phone from them ever again. My next one is going to be another HTC, maybe a Motorola, or it may entirely be possible that it’ll be an Apple. Just as long as it’s not a Nokia piece of shit.

/end rant

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What I’ve Been Up To

Last Thursday and Friday I went to the dentist for yet another root canal treatment (and if I knew how to scan a x-ray I’d do it to show how big the abscess was), and for a crown. My teeth are officially going to way of the dodo bird. Saturday, well, the date got moved to Saturday because I was heading out of town on Sunday to pick up the pup. I have no idea how it was a 3 hour drive out there but only an hour and a half back. I was just glad I beat the GPS time for when it said I should be back home. Yesterday we set up another date for this weekend, and I’m getting better with the 80 bajillion txts every day (no, seriously, over the past 4 days there have easily been 500 txts), though it is annoying the hell out of everyone else. And, as I made mention of somewhere else, Harry decided to take Joyce off of life support, but her body remains yet in Charlotte. And, lastly, pictures of the puppy!

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It Started Off by Being a Good Day…(UPDATED)

Today I was talking to someone and right before she left to get back to work she gave me her number and asked me to call her later on to set something up. So I effectively got asked out. My Packers’s tickets finally came (damned lockout negotiations). One of my TVs is apparently NOT on the fritz, but I was getting worried when there was no sound/video coming from it (and having sound come from the stereo) whilst having the power LED blink. All 3 things made me feel really damned good. Then, about 3 hours ago we got a phone call saying that a family friend, while on vacation, had her ballooned artery burst, so she’s been diagnosed now with a grade 6 brain aneurysm. Apparently her doctors don’t think she really has a fighting chance and told her husband to not get his hopes up.

Update: She was hooked up to an EEG and they detected no brain activity, so her husband took her off life support.

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I hate hangovers…seriously hate them..

Saturday, the booze gods saw to bless me with drunkenness. An open bar, at an actual bar, then a cash bar with dinner. I don’t remember how many drinks I had, but, it had to have easily been in the double digits. I stopped drinking at 10..I think..or whenever they closed the bar there, and at 2 I was still feeling the effects, and by 4 everything was more or less good. Except my hangover started by then, and it’s kind of hard to tell when a hangover starts/being drunk ends. So, as I was driving home, I was really glad for a couple things. The first is that the car I was driving was a Buick. The thing was dead quiet and it had a glass smooth ride. My hangover only left about 5 hours ago. I seriously hate those things.

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I realized something

Yesterday night I was thinking (and yes, that’s normally when I do my thinking), and I realized a couple things.

1) I don’t believe in fate, but I do believe that some things are kind of ordained; some things are unchangeable, but beyond those, everything else is changeable.

2) Regarding relationships, I’m nowhere near the best guy to date. I’m not really quick to open up to people, though sometimes I do. I’d have to say that the chase is more interesting than the catch. I like trying to see if I can get someone to do something, then once I do a couple things I’m pining for something else. Kind of like how in my serious relationships they were never continual. They were generally only a couple months long, then there was the boredom thing, then there was a thing where I needed her. And, coincidentally, I’ve been working on this from 10 and I’ve been talking to her the entire time.

I’m also oddly incredibly happy right now too.

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I Feel Terrible

Alright, so I’ve made mention at least once that we have 3 dogs. Yesterday, at 7 PM, we put the Golden Retriever down. She was just a couple months shy of 14, though I wonder if we didn’t put her down how much longer she would still be around. I have some serious doubts; some of the things that she was doing could be attributed to something else with which she could have made a recovery. So, I suppose I’ll give a run-down and see what you guys think.

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Voicemail Teachings

You know, yesterday I got another call from some number that I didn’t recognize. Which is really all fine and dandy, people misdial all the time, but, when they call my cell phone, leave me a message and mention me by name, it gets kind of….different.

For instance, I apparently have a house AND apartments for rent in Sheboygan, and my tenants generally stay there for quite some time.

I, unbeknownst to me, or maybe I did somehow know, had a really bad fight a couple months back and didn’t talk to my girlfriend or her mother for a week and they were really worried.

Just the other day I found out that I hadn’t yet responded to an invitation to a reunion this weekend. That really sounds like me though, not replying until the last minute. Plus, it was left by someone with a name that I know a couple of. And, I THINK that there’s a family gathering/reunion this weekend too, but I can’t definitely say one way or another. But, the call came from a local area code when the only person with that name that would have known would be from a different area.

Do I do shit that I don’t know about? Do I have a double life?!

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