The Annual Shipping Company Debate
Personally I use USPS. At the very least I live in a region (02903) where they actually seem to have their act together. Having participated in mail and package delivery studies with Price Waterhouse for several years I used to get reports on delivery accuracy, timeliness, etc. USPS always came out in the 94-96% range for each. Not too bad.
I’ve hated UPS for some time since they love to do tag and run with residential delivery. Matter of fact I’ve busted them quite a few times when they did this and made a stink about it. Needless to say my packages got delivered wherever I said they should be after that.
But someone on another blog posted a wonderful name for UPS: “UPS is absolute shit-wrapped-in-chiffon, though.”
I guess UPS invites this – they do keep calling themselves Brown. Whenever I hear “What can Brown do for you?” some very evil thoughts cross my mind.
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You can see all the photos at Flickr
And this is Cosimo in all his Maine Coon looking glory. He does have several of the characteristics of a Maine Coon besides his obvious size. He’s very fluffy, has tufts of fur on the pads of his feet and most importantly he’s polydactyl.
Some ruminations post-Christmas/Saturnalia
So all in all it wasn’t such a bad day. It was just a sort of subdued day. For once dear old dad was right, Grandma was going to die.
A totally expected event.
The gathering was just four of us which I liked better than if we’d had the eight or more. If you look at one of my prior posts you’ll see that this bigger/better thing doesn’t necessarily jibe with me.
I’m happy with what I got. Since I’m of the Seth Brundle School of Wardrobe Management hereby referred to as SBSWM it’s up to Keyron to find clothing I’d be comfortable with. Keyron is happy with what he got as evidenced by all the pictures I’ve uploaded to Flickr as of late.
And I find myself feeling out of place not going to work this week. Weird isn’t it.
Rest in Peace Dorothy Pelliccio
At 10:15PM on 12/25/2005 Dorothy Pelliccio departed the corporeal world.
She was probably the biggest influence on my attitudes. Old Dorothy was known to say “Fuck em’ all” and was never one to mask her feelings about someone or something.
But she was a class act all the way.
I suppose having been born just before the Great Depression she came equipped with an attitude that ensured her life would be full and plentiful.
But isn’t it funny, particularly in the case of old Italian women that they tend to time their death to coincide with some major event or holiday.
Christmas Day 2005
Otherwise known as Saturnalia 2005
Ok, so I got what I pretty much needed most for Christmas. Clothes. You see, I’m not the type that finds shopping for clothing exciting. To me clothes only serve the function of keeping one warm, cool, or unexposed in most social situations. If you remember the 80’s release of the movie “The Fly”? I’m of the Dr. Seth Brundle school of wardrobe management. That appeals to me as I’d rather use my mind to think about other things.
So it’s up to Keyron to steer me in the right direction when it comes to clothing. Here I am just chillin’ listenin’ to “Grown Folks Music” under the R&B heading on AOL music, whilst creating a database.
Christmas – Why can’t it be simpler?
Over the past few years I’ve found that holidays in this household are less intimate events and more community events. While I enjoy the company I lament that holidays have become more like work.
Had I known it would be like this I would have had kids.
But it’ll be ok so long as the alcohol flows freely and liberaly.
What’s on the menu:
Potato Salad – Southern Style (ala Keyron)
Mixed Greens with corn dumplings
Baked Stuffed Shrimp
Fortunately I’ve spent less on this meal than I did for Thanksgiving.
But the biggest lament is this. People can no longer afford to buy me the Christmas presents I want. My hobbies are just far too expensive.
Ah – the golden day has arrived. I’ve been wanting a new computer for quite some time. But cash was short enough for a while that I didn’t do it.
Recently I was engaged to do a contract that netted enough cash to go out and get myself a new machine. How I love this little box – tons of bells and whistles. The favorite of which is the wireless connectivity. At the moment I’m using someone elses wireless network and that trods into nebulous legal territory. I feel that if I’m not downloading kiddie porn, no harm or foul is done.
And I need to call Cox. This wireless link is much faster than my wired PC’s on Cox’s network.
Mmmm… making Sausage and Potatoes for the get together tomorrow night.
Nothing but potatoes, garlic, sweet Italian sausage, evoo, salt and pepper. Delicious. The aroma is what got me appointed to make the dish for the party. From now on I won’t let on that I’m a foodie.