Truer Than Fiction

My not-so-eventful, everyday life.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Blog Retirement and Rebirth

I don't know if anyone comes here anymore, but I suspect a few people may have this in their RSS reader or whatever. I'll make this short and sweet: I'm consolidating the three blogs that I have into one blog: I Push Buttons. If you care to follow me over there, I'd be happy to have you. The new blog should be a lot more interesting and active than any of my other ones, as it won't be content-specific. Basically, you get whatever crap that decides to come out of my head. Whether or not that is something of interest is up to you. If you don't want to come along, no hard feelings.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My Life In 30 Seconds

- Saw "Vantage Point" with C. Fun movie, but nothing epic.

- Got new 46" Samsung HDTV. It rules.

- Brother-in-law headed back overseas to Afghanistan for eight months. Pray for him.

- Easter service was awesome. Singing went well. Dinner at in-laws' phenomenal as always.

- GMail chat blocked at work, so no more IM. Infuriating.

- Youngest sister turned 18 yesterday. I'm old.

- Bought "Watchmen" graphic novel, but still have other books to finish before I start that. Consider it motivation.

- Playing WoW again. It's fun.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Year In Review 2007

Not that anyone comes here anymore (except maybe my wife), but I'm bored. So here goes.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before? Paid off my car and went to the Outer Banks.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? This is the first year I ever made a New Year's resolution, so I didn't have any last year. So far I am keeping the one I made this year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Pam and Amanda

4. Did anyone close to you die? nope

5. What countries did you visit? Stayed in the US this year

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? A new home theater system

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? No especially important dates from 2007 for me.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Paying off my car.

9. What was your biggest failure? Failing to exercise regularly. Should change this year.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Still have a pinched nerve in my leg and had a bad cold for a week.

11. What was the best thing you bought? I guess my new iTrip for playing my iPod in the car.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My mom and sister

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Congress. As usual, the Democrats are all talk and no action, unless it involves spending an assload of money. The Republicans continue to piss me off as well.

14. Where did most of your money go? I've saved most of my "fun" money. It will go toward the new home theater.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? going to the Outer Banks

16. What song will always remind you of 2007? As C said, anything by the Clintons

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier
ii. thinner or fatter? the same I think, maybe a little bigger
iii. richer or poorer? richer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? playing my guitar

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? commuting

20. How will you be spending Christmas? We spent it at home for the first time.

22. Did you fall in love in 2007? I'm going to keep the cheesy line and say "every day"

23. How many one-night stands? I think I've run out of jokes for this question. This is a sad day. :(

24. What was your favorite TV program? I've really gotten into Numbers.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? No, I don't hate anyone, but my distaste for our government is getting close.

26. What was the best book you read? Red Mars

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? The Clintons and Lloyd Dobler Effect

28. What did you want and get? A Nintendo Wii!

30. What was your favorite film of this year? I'm going to have to go with The Bourne Ultimatium also

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 27, and I honestly can't remember. I'm getting old. :( I think we just went out to dinner.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Seeing my family more

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? I don't have a personal fashion concept. Just be happy my clothes match.

34. What kept you sane? Lack of items which would drive me insane.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Jenna Fischer

36. What political issue stirred you the most? Illegal wiretapping and various DMCA issues

37. Who did you miss? My family

38. Who were the best new people you met? I'm not sure I met many new people.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007: Take as many allowances on your W4s as you can without owing a ton of money at the end of the year. Stop giving the government a huge loan.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: "I got my g-string on, and I'm looking for love." That doesn't sum up my year at all, but I think it's funny.

Monday, January 07, 2008

A Harbinger Of Things To Come

Amazingly enough, the post immediately previous to this from October is still applicable.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


You don't even deserve a rant, VT. You gave that game away. Way to choke.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Matt + Anesthesia = Amusing

So I had an endoscopy today to check for signs of acid reflux disease, of which there were some. I'm on medication now, so hopefully it will heal pretty quickly, and I won't end up with Barrett's Esophagus. The procedure itself went flawlessly, and I now offer you various quips from when I was coming off the anesthesia. Enjoy.

* The first thing I said after coming to: "I'm depressed. I dreamed about work. It was like I was never here."

* I claimed no less than three times that I had travelled through time. (The procedure was like a blink of an eye. They didn't even tell me they were turning on the anesthesia.)

* I requested that I be allowed to take the anesthesia home with me. My doctor expressed a similar desire for himself.

* Following an enormous belch, I was heard to say, "Sorry, I swallowed a camera."

* I looked at my watch and said, "I'm ready for my procedure." (My procedure was scheduled for 1:45; I was actually done at 1:45.)

* When my wife and I were left alone, I threatened to pull out my electrodes and "flat-line" myself to cause undue distress among the hospital personnel.

* Although I don't remember this one, apparently I yelled at the straw in my juice cup when I was unable to get it in my mouth in a reasonable amount of time.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Life Tilt. AGAIN.

Cross-posted from my other blog.


So what's put me on tilt this time? Well, it's definitely much worse than some dumbass trying to steal my cable. I've noticed that I tend to swear a good bit in my tilting posts. If that bothers you, don't read on. I get extremely pissed off, and it's either vent it here or beat someone with a lead pipe. If you would like to volunteer for the beating, I will tone the language down.

So, I get home yesterday to a letter from Allstate saying that my insurance policy has been cancelled due to lack of payment. Ummm...what the hell? The check was sent out weeks ago. I called the wife to confirm this, and she did. I checked the counters and behind the couch to make sure it hadn't accidentally fallen somewhere, but that check was most definitely sent.

She called me back a few minutes later to ask if any of the other checks she wrote that day had cleared. I log in to Bank of America only to find that both our phone bill and our mortgage payment had not been cashed either. It looks like either a) someone stole these items with the intent of cashing the checks for themselves, or b) the more likely scenario that the post office completely fucked up and lost three of our bills. I do so love the reliable federal government and the services I pay for with my tax dollars.

I called up Allstate at their 24 hour support line and was able to make our payment via credit card over the phone, but the guy could not guarantee me that my policy would be reinstated. I have to call back in a couple of days to see if it has been renewed or not. He said he was pretty sure that it would be, since we had always been on time in our payments before, so hopefully it won't be an issue. It's a wait and see situation at the moment.

The phone bill we ended up paying online. We would have been doing that in the first place if Cavalier Telephone hadn't all of a sudden started charging its customers to pay their bills online. Seriously, what the hell is that all about? It is actually BETTER for them if we pay online. They don't have to have some minimum wage clerk opening up letters and endorsing checks all day. Fucking idiots. Service based businesses like phone companies and banks are just licenses to steal. They'd charge you a fee for charging you a fee if it wouldn't end up in an infinite loop and crash their systems.

Since these checks are lost, I have to go online to stop payments on them in case some tool tries to steal my money. I go to the stop payment page, and there's a notice buried in three paragraphs of text that says a fee may apply to stop payment requests. I didn't even see that until today when Courtney called and said we were charge NINETY DOLLARS in fees to cancel those checks. Unbelievable. This kind of "business" makes me sick. It's just blantant theft. If this were the old west, the bank owner would be hanging from a tree. But it's not the old west; it's 2007, where businesses are protected by buying off politicians who won't legislate against this kind of shit.

The only bright aspect of this entire situation is that our mortgage payment isn't due until the 1st of August, and we have time to send out another check. Hopefully it will arrive in time, as our mortgage company is like 15 miles away from us in Silver Spring. That is, if the post office can do its job correctly. Who knows if that will happen or not. I won't know until I get a notice saying that they are foreclosing on my house.