Thursday, September 10, 2015

Chair saga

Yeah, I’ll fess up; I do a lot of sitting.  And in my case, it tends to be in one chair; TV viewing in The Chair, work (from home) in The Chair, reading often in The Chair, iPad or laptop usually in The Chair.  The Chair is about 8 years old and has developed a chemical like stink to it – I’m blaming it on the microfiber material and right or wrong I’m not interested in buying another microfiber chair.  Yet, here I sit blogging from The (stinky) Chair…

My quest began with my old standby, Craig’s list.  As reflected by past posts, I’m a fan.  I’d much rather buy quality used than piece of junk new.  My wife isn’t so enamored; she’d prefer I stick with quality new.  Quality new is an elusive character.  I have no doubt that you can easily spend $500 or so thinking you’re buying a quality chair only to quickly lose that loving feeling a year or so down the road.  In my frame of thinking, I’d rather gamble $200 on used.  Even if the gamble doesn’t pay off you won’t feel too bad about shopping around in a year or so.  Thus, despite risking the wrath of wife, my initial focus was on finding a quality used chair.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I fired my insurance agent

...and I'm so happy I did!

No, I don't enjoy firing people as much as Donald Trump but sometimes you need to do the deed.  I had the same agent for 8 or so years.  The first hint of the relationship changing came about 3 years ago or so when the smaller independent agency that I used was gobbled up by a larger agency.  The changes weren't immediate but there was a feel that things were different.  Then about a year after the acquisition we received a scary letter from the new company.  The short of it was that our existing insurance company, Adirondack, didn't meet whatever new criteria the new company had.  I spoke with the agent who reassured us that Adirondack was still a good company but that the new company just had different criteria.  We were glad to hear this as we like Adirondack; we had experienced a claim and we thought they handled it very professionally.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Muffler underpants with odor protection

Ok, I'll admit it; I've been experiencing a creative slump.  The only good thing about a slump is when you have that euphoric moment when a good idea suddenly ellipsis your path.  For me it was a quick walk through Crossings Park... I started to think about how I could break free from my slump, maybe try something new that might bring some value to my routine.  I thought about a recent mailing from the South Colonie Continuing Education which included offerings of Yoga.  I've never tried Yoga, but have started to read Yoga Self Taught.  I believe Yoga may have some promise in regards to providing both a new experience for me and some long term value.  Specifically, I believe Yoga may provide an additional tool to address stress and anxiety.  Well then, signing up would seem to be a no brainer, so what's stopping me...

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Windows 10 Install and first look

I received the ominous tidings of joy from Microsoft, titled, "You’ve reserved Windows 10 – what’s next?"  This message was sent out to apparently reassure those waiting for their promised free upgrade - in my case from Windows 7 to Windows 10.  Being a techno-sadist, I read the email and felt my pulse quicken when I reached the bottom of the message which stated "Absolutely can't wait? You have a couple of options to get your upgrade sooner".  The second option was to "Use the Media Creation Tool to install immediately on one or more devices (recommended for tech-savvy users only)."  Upon further reading, I learned that you could burn the ISO and then use that to perform your install.  This got me excited as I'd much rather do a "clean" install.  Yes, I realize that by doing the standard "upgrade" install Microsoft has advertised the ability to set your computer back but my trust level is low and I'd much rather giver it a whirl using a spare hard drive so in the event of a debacle, I could simply swap back my working Windows 7.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


I was tempted to create a splashy title such as "Earn over $100 in 60 days by complaining," but I didn't feel "earn" was the appropriate word.  Yes, I've been on a bit of a complaining streak and my complaining has yielded a little over $100 in value but I pause at considering it as "earned" and while I appreciate the gift cards and credits received it is not the same as cash.  First there was the chain seafood restaurant that was experiencing substantial service issues which I would likely have overlooked... until I visited the restroom that was being renovated and found no door for the toilet... yup, if you had to do a number 2, hopefully you don't mind an audience.  Then there was the local pizza joint that repeatedly cannot get their own signature pizza correct.   On another occasion, we had a great meal at a chain restaurant but when the credit card arrived it was charged an additional buck - that wouldn't be much of a deal if it were simply a mistake, but you never really know.  Was it a mistake or is someone skimming a little off numerous customers figuring it likely won't get a reaction?  Most recently, it was a trip to the nearby grocery store where I experienced a bit of a runaround while returning empty beverage containers which had been purchased at that store.  Their response that they hired a company to handle their bottles and that they had nothing to do with it anymore didn't fly with me.