Posts Tagged ‘Science and Technology’

English: The logo for Apple Computer, now Appl...

Early Apple Logo

Friends and family have been calling, emailing and texting since the birth of the baby.  Appointments  have to be made, times worked out as to who can visit when and calls to be made acknowledging the many beautiful floral arrangements that arrive daily.  Not to mention as room mother for Finley’s class, Chiara has to organize events and liaison information to the other mothers AND she needs her cell phone to do so.  This is not her house, there is no land line.  

Well you know what happened last night;  Finley wanting to do Facetime with Tia and having to pee too equals one iPhone in the toilet!  NOTE to parents:  The rice trick doesn’t work!  So I would guess, it wasn’t 5 minutes after she woke up this morning that the order was issued: “I must have a phone”.  Tom hopped online to see who sells the iPhone and is relatively nearby.  This took some time and then he left to go buy the phone reminding us all that really he is supposed to be working from home!  

Before all that transpired I drove the girls to their respective schools and even stopped at Starbucks.  Oh yes, I am already a seasoned Tahoe driver.  By the way, do any of you know just how big the Tahoe is? It is 16 feet long and 6 1/2 feet wide!  My Rav4 is 15 feet long and just under 6 feet wide.  If you don’t think another foot makes a difference when you are trying to back up 5000+ pounds, you should try getting out of the driveway without hitting the privacy wall on the opposite side of the road!

More friends today, more gifts, more flowers and again a wonderful caring neighbor friend sent over a huge pan of baked ziti. Frankie went to ballet, Finley negotiated herself out of tennis so she could make a rubber band bracelet.  We tried, we failed, we tried again and failed and in  while doing so discovered just how gently one must loop one band over another!!!!  The REALLY embarrassing part is that the instructional video is narrated and demonstrated by two 8 year olds!

There has been a LOT of talk about losing baby weight.  I mean after all, it has been 5 days since she gave birth.  All of her friends are big proponents of the belly band and if there was any hesitation on Ki’s part, Frankie gave her the convincing argument.  QUOTE OF THE DAY: Frankie: ” Why is your belly so big?  Do you have another baby in there”?  

Yup that clinched it!

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The official Miller Lite logo

Miller Lite Beer

There’s a bonus in this week’s Top 10 – actually 24 to be exact!  These are very funny, I enjoyed them and wanted to share with you.  As often is the case, some of my best and funniest posts either come from or are inspired by my friend, Gail.

Adult Truths

1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after BluRay? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.

13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in the front. Stay strong, brothers & sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey — but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

24. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

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Verizon logo

Can you hear me now?

I thought about writing this blog two weeks ago when the incident occurred but got caught up in more serious  stuff and forgot about it.   Sunday morning I was listening to the news shows while working around the house trying to clean up Christmas  stuff and I noticed that every other commercial was either Verizon or Optimum – each making claims about how their service was better than the other. So let me tell you what happened the following Monday.

My daughter and family are moving into the City (YAY!) and although their furniture had not arrived yet, they made an appointment with Verizon to install FIOS in the new apartment and asked me if  I could meet the installer there and let him in.  To begin with, NOBODY gets into that building without checking with the doorman and “passing go”.  I had no key but the doorman did so Tom had to send an email to the building with a list of names of persons  authorized by him to pick up the key and enter the apartment.  So what was the window of time Verizon said their installer would arrive? How about anytime between 9am-5pm!!!!

OK, the apartment is near-by and I didn’t have anywhere to go on Monday so I hung around waiting for the 30 minute pre-arrival call – it didn’t come.  Sometime around 7pm Tom forwards me an email from Verizon stating they would be there on Tuesday, same time frame, same promise of a phone call.  At about 11:30 pm Tom send s a text saying they (Verizon) canceled for tomorrow and what other days am I available. And that was the end of  it for now I thought.

But NO – Tuesday morning I’m told it’s back on and the installer has both my cell number and Peter’s.  Tuesday mid-morning and I am on the phone with the hospital (with a live person )and am trying to set up an appointment.  Another call comes in and I see that it ‘s  Peter and ask the woman at the hospital to please wait a moment.  I tell him I can’t talk to you now, I’m on the phone withe the hospital and hang up on him.  Then my cell phone rings  (naturally!),  I look at the caller ID and it says private number!  I hate “private numbers” so I don’t pick it up.  Two minutes later another call comes in on the phone and I ask the hospital to please hold again and I know by the ID that it’s Peter and I scream “What’s the matter with you? Why are you calling me, I’m on the phone with the hospital, I can’t talk”.  He yells back and says, “I just got a call from the Verizon installer and he said he could be there in 20 minutes and I told him I had to check with my wife to see if she can meet you because I’m on the West Side.  He said ‘call me back ‘but I can’t because it’s a private number”!!! Yeeeee gods!

OK, I’ll just go there.  I finish my call with the hospital, look at my cell phone and see there’s no voice mail message and dash off to their apartment.  I try to call Verizon – ha, ha, ha!! And soon I’m in voice mail jail.  I can’t get to a live person, I try responding to the automated prompts, I mean, after all this is about a new order.  BUT I don’t have the order number, I don’t have Tom’s cell phone number, I don’t know if he uses Verizon for any other carrier service!!

I hang up and try again…thinking if I press 0 enough times I’ll reach an operator.  And oh by the way, I stopped at Starbucks along the way to pick up a Grande Americano which with every foot step was splashing out of the tiny air hole and spilling very hot coffee on my free hand since the other was attached to my ear.

I tried a third time pounding 0 and a voice on the other end rattled out the following: “Thank you for calling Verizon, all of our operators are busy with other customers, please call back in an hour or go online” -THIS WAS A LIVE PERSON!  I scream NO, don’t hang up, I don’t have an hour and I proceed to tell her the chain of events AND how I needed someone to contact that installer and tell him to please go to the address because I ‘ll  be there.  OF COURSE she can’t facilitate that BUT she would try to transfer me.

By this time, I’ m at the building and I ask the doorman if Verizon has shown up and the answer is no.  And now I’ve been connected to an idiot at Verizon.  I try to explain what happened and how ridiculous it was for the driver to say call me back when he was calling from a private number!!!  The man on the phone wants to know who I am, what is the order number, when was the appointment for.  He must have asked me twenty questions, (none of which I could answer) with me constantly interrupting him and yelling “can’t you just call the driver and tell him to come to the appointment”?  Apparently not!

He then asked me what email address should they use for a follow-up?  I was beside myself and yelled back, ” Follow up email? What are you talking about? We haven’t had the appointment AND all this time you are asking me idiotic questions, you could have been calling the driver”.  We’re getting close supervisor time; he (the idiot) says he is trying to reach the dispatcher who might be able to contact the driver. Me: “Great, you’re a communications company and your driver calls with a private number and you think maybe dispatcher can reach him??

By this time Peter has made it diagonally across town and is in the lobby with me and I’m explaining the fiasco to him while I am intermittently put on hold with the promise that “we’re trying to reach him”.  Peter goes out into the street and a half a block away he spots a Verizon truck and finds out that this IS the installer and he will come in and do the job.

One more “please hold” and I say to the man on the other end of the line, “Don’t bother we found him ourselves” and I hang up on him!  Can you hear me now?



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