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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Everybody's Irish Today

Holy Crap! I'm losing my mind.

Talk about a busy week. I have had so much going on that I am almost out of gas. I just need to make it through tomorrow night and I'll be in the clear.

What am I busy doing, you ask? Well, my wife's birthday is today and we are having both of our families over tomorrow for a party. I thought that it would be a good idea to paint our dining room before the festivities. Then my wife thought it would be a good idea to expand the painting idea to add stripes to the walls [which look very good] and that would take even longer to complete. Then she decided that we were finally going to remove the carpet from the room to reveal the hardwood floors. I will probably be up tonight, again, until 3 or 4 working on it so that we can be ready to put the house back in order tomorrow morning before everyone gets here.

I only have time to type this right now because I'm waiting for my work laptop to finish booting up and signing in so that I can track down a team mate about an issue that I got called on.

Yesterday I started the day helping an elderly friend of mine figure out why they couldn't get on the internet. To make a long story short- I hate 2 things; ISP Tech Support and Outsourcing!!! First, I had to explain the issue 3 times to 3 different people, all of which had very thick Indian accents. I feel bad for them because

  1. A lot of them are not properly trained to do tech support. They just diagnose your problem by reading cheat sheets that script someone, hopefully, to a resolution.
  2. They probably hear the same thing from people like me many times a day- "I'm sorry, can you please repeat that?"
The bottom line to Corporate America is the Bottom $$$. Get unskilled workers for minimal pay. The end of the story is that their Tech Support was only a very small help to me, I was ultimately right about what the problem was; I just had to finally say the right words to get them to try something for me to test my hypothesis.

Then when I was done with that, I drove into town to run a few errands before going into the office for work. One of those unfortunate stops was Des Moines' biggest Christian Bookstore to get my wife a birthday present.

I have come to hate Christian bookstores. They often times feel to me like what a spiritual porn palace would be like. You walk in, see so many different books, magazines, toys, pictures, music, trinkets, candy...etc. Now, many of you who have read either of my blogs know that I have my suspicions about modern Christianity, but it was pretty well confirmed like never before as I looked around that place; I don't know or understand everything about the Bible, spirituality, or true Christianity, but this is definitely not it. I truly felt like I needed another shower.

That is all I will say about that right now because I am really short on time. I need to get back to working on the floors. In addition to that, I am hanging a new chandaleer light and painting baseboard trim. Time is running out!

Happy Green Day Everyone!

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Blogger Steve AKA->BibleDude said...

I think the most important spot I found God, is my heart...

Give me a darkened room; a Spanish guitar playing in the background or just me, a friend and the stars and He meets me every time...


March 18, 2007 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Cooper said...

last time I called a tech was pleasant. to quest on an low traffic time of day figuring out my dad's dsl question, the guy I talked with spoke great english and I even said to cut out the script that I had knew enough about this shit that I done everything else.

the solution was as simple as a paper towel, didn't have dsl filters on all the phones and shit, and that would have been step 3493020 in diagnosing why the modem isn't working

March 22, 2007 at 10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this day and age I can't believe your hotlinking to a picture on my site.

I know your smart enough to host it somewhere else so I won't give you a tutorial.


June 11, 2007 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger The Raging Paradoxidation said...


I apologize if I have offended you by hotlinking to you. I guess the reason why I would find hotlinking to be OK is that when someone clicks on a picture and then looks at the URL that it came from then it accomplishes at least 2 things.

#1, it shows that I have not just "stolen" a picture that someone else may have otherwise created themselves.

#2, it gives the reader an opportunity to now look at the website that it came from...and from my very brief browsing of your website just now, I am sure that I will visit again soon when I have more time.

If you would like, I will remove the link/photo from my blog.


June 11, 2007 at 7:10 PM  

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