Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lots of Stupidity...But Not Totally Sure Where It Lies

WOW it's been a long time since I posted here.

Hi, everybody! *waves*

Understand, not posting is not for lack of wanting to post. I just get so busy, and then I can't think of anything to post about, and then I make a note of something I *do* want to post about, and I go so long not getting around to it that the topic is no longer timely.

Not like anything I ever say here is REALLY all that timely.

So. Stupidity. Yeah.

It started with my car. I took it for service last week, and they were supposed to check out my left blinker. It sometimes works quite normally, sometimes doesn't flash at all, sometimes clicks in double time but doesn't blink. If I adjust the signal arm a tiny bit and hold it just off place, I can keep it working. So last week they claimed to have narrowed it down to the flasher, ordered the part, and said they'd call my cell phone so I could come in and get it installed.

The next day, they called my home phone (not cell phone) and said my part was in and I could pick it up any time during business hours.


I finally had a chance to call yesterday and went in today to get the part replaced. An hour and a half later, they said "Nope. Still not working." The good news is that I don't have to pay for the part that didn't fix the problem. The bad news is that the new part will be $100 more. The stupidity is that they have decided it's the signal switch that's bad. Which makes total sense, right, considering what the problem is and how I'm dealing with it?

The guy was very apologetic, but that's an hour and a half out of my day, plus the 40 minutes of travel time, totally wasted. (Well, not totally. I didn't bring my laptop, thinking it would be quick, so I didn't work at all. But I did get to read a really good book during that time. That's never time wasted. :) )

I ran a few other errands and came home with Super Glue to repair my Harry Potter mug, which spontaneously disconnected from its handle when someone put they say..."very gently" into the dishwasher. I read the directions on the bottle. "To pierce the seal, rotate tip until clicking stops." Turnclickclickclick. Turnclickclickclick. It was still clicking when I felt a puff of air against my hand. Then I got an uh oh feeling and looked down at said hand, which was, you guessed it, covered in Super Glue.

I managed to get a bunch off with olive oil and salt, and then went to the store to get nail polish remover with acetone (Super Glue's nemesis), which got some more off. But the bulk of it, down between my fingers? That's not coming off, and of course that's the most ANNOYING place for it to be. *sigh*

Okay, that's enough about stupidity. How about Almost Human?

We're really enjoying the show, which is a relief because I really wanted to like it. I love both Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, and of course I've loved JJ Abrams' stuff and always want a show with his name on it to be as good as shows that came before. So far, this one has the potential to be.

The first two episodes were pretty different from each other. My friend Gail said in her recap of "Skin" that some people have said that episode was supposed to air later in the season but they
moved it up because of the "appeal" of the sex trade. I guess they either assume their demographic is straight males, or that they have the female/gay male demo locked up with Urban and Ealy.

Okay, they're probably not wrong.

Anyway, the first episode was about How Kennex Got Dorian, and there's a lot of darkness there. His partner's death, his ex-girlfriend's secrets, his memory loss and his inability to assimilate his synthetic leg, the deep rage against the enemy and inability to trust a synthetic partner. The second episode had more humor. Karl Urban...I mean, John Kennex smiled a lot more, he was more comfortable with everyone around him. The crime was also a much lighter one, despite the horror of what they were doing to the abducted women. So it will be interesting to see what comes next, and if it's jarring because it connects better to the darkness in the pilot.

That's all for me today. I have a crick in my neck from looking around the cat who thinks 3:45 is a good time for dinner, and a book coming out Monday that I have to prep for. Oh, and client work pending! Almost forgot about that! I better get to work!

Let me know what you think about Almost Human, and if you have any good recommendations for removing Super Glue from skin. :)


Sunni said...

To remove glue, wash dishes by hand. Use a lot of hand cream and it will flake off in a few days. I enjoyed your blog. I feel your pain with your turn signal. The same thing happened to me. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Yikes! Washing dishes by hand?! I don't think I need to go THAT far. LOL Thanks for the advice, though! I'm definitely using tons of hand cream, and I've rubbed off the worst of it.

How was Boston? :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Time cures all when it comes to superglue on the hands.
I love Karl Urban and would tune in just to watch him even if the show sucked which it didn't. I'll be watching it in the future.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

You know I have no patience, Sue. LOL

It's mostly off. Just a blob on the back of my middle finger now. I barely know it's there. It was the stuff between my fingers that was driving me nuts.

And hear hear on Karl Urban! Eomer! Bones! I'm so happy he has a show now. :)

Ava Quinn said...

Hooray for book releases! Boo for super glue with a mind of its own.

And just. . .Damn!! for Karl Urban,

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Hear hear times three! LOL