=== Tilt-A-Whirl® ===

The meandering thoughts of a self-proclaimed dork

Jeff’s LastFM Charts, 5-12 June 2009
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Originally published at Tilt-A-Whirl®. You can comment here or there.

  • Julieta Venegas
  • Hammerbox
  • Suede
  • Chanté Moore
  • Alanis Morissette

I’m really hoping I can find time to blog again. I’ve been working 11hr days and spend the rest of my time sleeping or babysitting TC. *yikes*

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The devil will find work for idle hands to do
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It's 0530 right now and I'm still not tired.  I just popped a melatonin, so hopefully I'll be crashing very soon.  I have to wake up in 6.5 hrs.  I had a decent weekend.  I left the book the ex gave me on his doorstep as I had no desire to read it (I assume he was in Seattle visiting his new bf) and then drove to my hometown, where I spent the remainder of my weekend.  I didn't see anybody except my dad, but had fun driving around town and reminiscing.  When I was growing up, Pasco had about 17,000 people and was the smallest of the Tri-Cities.  Today, the population is up to 52,000 and it's the largest of the Tri-Cities.  The alfalfa farms north of I-182 are now full of subdivisions, theatres, fast food joints, and big box retailers.  It's frickin' crazy.  Pasco has not one, but two giant supermercados now (one next to Griggs, Fiesta Foods, and the other in the old Safeway on 20th).   I have some pics of some of my old haunts, but I'm snug in bed right now and am too cozy to go into the living room where the other PC is :-) 

My plans for this weekend are pretty sparse.  My friend is going into OHSU for surgery on Fri, so I'm going to pick him up on Sat when he's discharged and we're going to have a movie night, or maybe a Canadian tv night.  I may have to babysit Chad on Friday because he wants me to take a look at his new laptop and optimize/install stuff on it.  Between all that, I need to do some spring cleaning and get my car washed (once I get paid--I be po' right now after $1150 in bills all due the first week of May).

I just turned on my Sirius radio and am going to fall asleep listening to Radio Netherlands.. ahh.  Have a great day, everybody!

Sehr kalt!
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This is way too early early to be awake for me.  I have a long drive back home today, so had to get an early start.  I'm off to finish packing now.
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Long Time Gone
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Meinen Freunden, Mes Amis, Mis Amigos:

The Goofster has been pretty lax lately when it comes to writing, as always. Heck, my last posting on here was a year ago I think.  A lot has happened to me over the past year, good and bad:
  • My sister got married to a very nice man in June of last year in Mexico. Check out my flickr page for pics under 'Cozumel'
  • Met an awesome guy in Nevada in June who has become a good friend of mine and yells at me when I throw pity parties for myself.
  • I went to New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas in October.  I soaked in the same hot springs that Oprah and Gail visited in Colorado (Pagosa Springs, for those who are curious. A very special place.)
  • Got snowed in for four days in December. My apt complex's parking lot wasn't plowed for almost a week because the snowplow drivers weren't willing to risk the drive out here to BFE to clear the pavement.
  • Met a school teacher named Drew from Yakima on NYE who stole my heart, said the L-word hourly, and subsequently broke up with me without any warning after I made the mistake of showing him a gay social networking site where he received a lot of attention. Later I found out that almost everything he told me (name, age, even virginity) was a lie, including the reason he left me.  He just wanted someone to introduce him to the gay community and once that happened, he immediately started looking for someone else. Turns out my suspicions about another guy were right. Sucks too that I gave up a date with someone who was actually more cool than the teacher was, just to be with the teacher.  I wrote several essays about the experience which I will eventually condense down at a later date and post.  I'm not the first guy he's done this to and won't be the last. At least he's done trolling Portland for the time being and has switched to Seattle. It's a shame that tax payers are paying his salary while he text messages like crazy in the classroom all day.
  • My bud from Nevada came up in March to visit and cheer me up. We had a good time watching tv, cuddling, and sleeping a lot.
  • I went to see my bud in Nevada in early April.  He forced me to go out of my element and be social with his friends (people I had never met). I was nervous as hell, and probably made a gigantic fool of myself.  It's a start though, right?
  • Had a very tiring, but much-needed weekend on Vancouver Island a few weeks ago with a friend from Coos Bay who I've known a for a few years. I was up for 39 hrs without even a nap.  No, I wasn't on any crack derivative--solely caffeine. I was a tired boy the rest of the week, but it was worth it.
So yeah, this has been a wild and crazy year. 

I've also been considering my own mortality.  I'm a couple months shy of being 35 and realized that I really haven't done anything productive with my life.  Like most of us, I had very high aspirations in high school. I got into every school I applied to, even some picky private schools.  I went to one of those picky private schools for a year and burned myself out quickly. 18 credits and was a staff writer for the college newspaper. They cut my aid the next year as my dad's income was little higher that year and I used that as an excuse to drop out of school.  I haven't done anything with my life since that point, and I feel like I haven't really grown much since 1993. 

So, after this whirlwind year, I've decided to make some changes, make some goals, set some deadlines:

June 1st - No more smokey smokey. I quit once before and I can do it again. Smoking makes me smell, have yellow teeth, get out of breath, and makes me age faster.

Mid-June: Be enrolled in school. I'm shooting for an AA first, since I prettty much have enough credits for an AA now (just not the write classes). I'm trying to decide on OSU or Univ of Phoenix. OSU doesn't offer AAs, but Univ of Phoenix does. The idea of me going to a school known traditionally as a trade school isn't all that appealing, but I'd get my AA faster and be able to transfer into any 4-yr school of my choice as long as I keep my GPA up (3.4 average now with over 60 credits. w00t!)

September 09 - By this time, I want to have lost at least twenty pounds. I'm currently 6'2.5" and about 257 pounds. I'd love to be back down to 215 or 220.  I never want to be skinny, but just a little bit of chub would be nice than the tons of fat I have now.  The man boobs I've had since 6th grade need to go away. I've had a gym membership for five years now, but I rarely use it. My gym is at work and when I'm done with work, I'm usually a frazzled mess and just want to go home.  Well, that's been my excuse to date.  My plan is to lift a couple of times a week and walk when I get home from work the rest of the week.  Exercise supposedly creates endorphins which eat away at stress--which I'm all for.

Enough about me, let's talk about you for a minute.  For all those that I've lost touch with, I apologize.  Ever since New Year's, my life has been pretty much a mess dealing with one surprise after the next.  Say hi here or on Facebook.  If you're not on my Facebook, I'll add y'all.  I post status messages way too often and always reply to email sent on there.

G'night y'allz.


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Wowzers! What a long 48 hours!
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I finally got things straightened out with my credit union and it was much easier than expected. I got off work at K.Roger at 10:30p on Sunday night, high tailed it to Pasco arriving around 2:15a (with a brief stop at Tesoro in Kennewick), fell asleep around 3a, woke up at 7a, and showed up at the main branch for the credit union in Richland at 0900. I explained the situation to them (see prior posting), they had me fill out a dispute form, and I got my $6,950.00 back (well, only $700 of that was actually mine--the rest was overdraft protection). My dad met me in the parking lot of GESA, drove me to the GW Way Starbucks, got goodies, and then hauled ass back to Portland to start work at 2pm. I got home from work about an hour ago and am finally in comfy clothes sipping my beer and relaxing for a change.

One nice thing about driving 8 hours in such a short period of time is that I got to listen to BBC Radio One on Sirius. There's just something about Britpop that makes me giddy--and I was indeed giddy until they started playing our favourite Bajan, Rhianna Umbahrellah. But the song immediately after was old school Utah Saints (U-U-U-Utah Saints). Who can hate a band that samples This Mortal Coil? :)

I hadn't been home since last May. Although I didn't have time to explore all the new stuff in the Tri Cities (damn job to get to), I did see the new Sonic on Gage Blvd, the new Boehm's Chocolates, and the (ooh-ahh) 24 hr Walgreens where Burger King used to be on Clearwater. I hated growing up in that podunk Hispano-Mormon town, but it's always good to be home, if even for only a few hours.

Helio’s Customer Service Bites
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Originally published at Tilt-A-Whirl® . You can comment here or there.

Why Helio’s Customer Service Sucks

So, I was trying to pay my Helio cell phone bill online yesterday as it was a day past due. They’re a pretty aggressive company when it comes to late payments. They text message and spam your email every three to four hours until it’s paid.

I quickly got online yesterday and paid the $69.50 bill with my debit card, but I made a big mistake. I accidently omitted a decimal point and a payment for $6,950.00 was applied. The strange thing about Helio’s website is that it doesn’t ask you to verify the payment amount at all– it just immediately applies it to your account. Immediately realizing my mistake, I called Helio’s customer service to see what I could do about stopping this payment. After speaking with a CSR named Michael for 45 minutes, who spoke heavily Spanish accented English, he reassured me that his supervisor said that this payment would immediately be canceled and to go back online and submit a payment in the correct amount.

Not entirely convinced by the CSR’s affirmations, I immediately contacted my credit union back in the Tri Cities. I spoke with the CSR there who did some research and spoke to her supervisor. The credit union said that a third party security firm they use for VISA debit transactions had refused to pay that amount because it was such an abnormally large figure. She also said that since this was nipped in the bud, I had nothing to worry about.

Well, I tried to buy a song on iTunes today and my card was declined. I went to the credit union’s website and saw a completed transaction paid to Helio for $6,950, which meant another 55 minute call to Helio. The Helio CSR I spoke with today bluntly said he didn’t know what to do and would call a supervisor to see how to handle it. After 16 minutes on hold, he said that they could refund it but that a check would have to be mailed to me. Outraged (especially since I have a rent check floating out there now), I asked for a supervisor. I was on hold for a sup for over 20 minutes and spoke with Mr. Moore. After explaining the situation to him, he placed me on hold for another 15 minutes and said that the team that handles issues like this only works on weekdays and to call back on Monday.

Even more upset, but still calm, I call my credit union again. The CSR there said that I would have to drive 475 miles round trip to fill out a dispute form and that there was nothing they could do with my issue until Monday either. It’s kind of funny that they paid an amount like that, since their overdraft “courtesy pay service” is only supposed to cover up to $400 in overdrafts– not almost $7,000!

From their website:
Courtesy Pay will provide overdraft payments of up to $400 for eligible Gesa Checking Accounts in good standing.

Does anybody have any ideas on how to handle this chaos? I’m afraid of being evicted, am upset that Helio and my credit union permitted a payment this large to be accepted, and am at wit’s end. Advice? Insight? :)


Helio's Customer Service Bites
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Why Helio's Customer Service Sucks

So, I was trying to pay my Helio cell phone bill online yesterday as it was a day past due. They're a pretty aggressive company when it comes to late payments. They text message and spam your email every three to four hours until it's paid.

I quickly got online yesterday and paid the $69.50 bill with my debit card, but I made a big mistake. I accidently omitted a decimal point and a payment for $6,950.00 was applied. The strange thing about Helio's website is that it doesn't ask you to verify the payment amount at all-- it just immediately applies it to your account. Immediately realizing my mistake, I called Helio's customer service to see what I could do about stopping this payment. After speaking with a CSR named Michael for 45 minutes, who spoke heavily Spanish accented English, he reassured me that his supervisor said that this payment would immediately be canceled and to go back online and submit a payment in the correct amount.

Not entirely convinced by the CSR's affirmations, I immediately contacted my credit union back in the Tri Cities. I spoke with the CSR there who did some research and spoke to her supervisor. The credit union said that a third party security firm they use for VISA debit transactions had refused to pay that amount because it was such an abnormally large figure. She also said that since this was nipped in the bud, I had nothing to worry about.

Well, I tried to buy a song on iTunes today and my card was declined. I went to the credit union's website and saw a completed transaction paid to Helio for $6,950, which meant another 55 minute call to Helio. The Helio CSR I spoke with today bluntly said he didn't know what to do and would call a supervisor to see how to handle it. After 16 minutes on hold, he said that they could refund it but that a check would have to be mailed to me. Outraged (especially since I have a rent check floating out there now), I asked for a supervisor. I was on hold for a sup for over 20 minutes and spoke with Mr. Moore. After explaining the situation to him, he placed me on hold for another 15 minutes and said that the team that handles issues like this only works on weekdays and to call back on Monday.

Even more upset, but still calm, I call my credit union again. The CSR there said that I would have to drive 475 miles round trip to fill out a dispute form and that there was nothing they could do with my issue until Monday either. It's kind of funny that they paid an amount like that, since their overdraft "courtesy pay service" is only supposed to cover up to $400 in overdrafts-- not almost $7,000!

From their website:
Courtesy Pay will provide overdraft payments of up to $400 for eligible Gesa Checking Accounts in good standing.

Does anybody have any ideas on how to handle this chaos? I'm afraid of being evicted, am upset that Helio and my credit union permitted a payment this large to be accepted, and am at wit's end. Advice? Insight? :)

The Great Flood of 2008
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I'm going to whine now. My apartment's 11 yr old GE P.O.S. washing machine flooded my apartment for the second time in three weeks. It gets to the final soak and rinse cycle, yet never drains the water. This flood was even worse than the first, spurting from the back of the washing machine through the base of the drywall, into my bedroom's walk-in closet, out into my bedroom, down the hall, and put 2" of water all over the bathroom floor. 2 days later and I'm still trying to mop all of the water from the carpet, which looks easier than it is. My bedroom reeks of mildew. Any ideas on how to make everything fresh and clean would be appreciated :-)

And now for something I think you're really going to like!


Mon amour: cachaça.
goofiboy
Mon amour de cachaça
Pourquoi veut-on te boire?
T'es doux, trop doux pour moé.
Je t'aime avec du sucre, et avec un peu du citron
Je te bois si lentement
Seulement tu es moé, ensemble, ce soir

Je te goûte sur mes lèvres
Sur ma langue
Tu m'fais trés heureux
Et peut-être je peux t'oublier demain.


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