Monthly Archives: August 2007

Draught

In addition to the backyard swamp, my well of blog ideas has also dried up recently. Somehow it seems that going on a second YouTube binge so soon after the last would be a bit like cheating. I need some other form of filler material, and I need it quickly. It’s either that, or I’ll have to start thinking again, and I feel very strongly that I’m getting enough of that at work right now.

I am in that situation right now that all callcenter employees recognize, where all my customers are irritating and annoying for me. Every single one of them seems a bit stupid, has a funny-sounding voice and an irritating way of talking, and they aggravate me, and I know that it isn’t them, it is me.

If you’ve ever worked in customer service you know what I’m talking about.

I need a break, and I am very much looking forward to the upcoming three-day weekend. Amaterasu Okami and I are going to smite evil together.

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The Bane of the Black Swamp

The swamp has been defeated. The correct parts have been purchased and assembled and the sprinklers will work again. In all, it’s been a busy weekend.

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Cause of the Backyard Swamp

We seem to have a leaking sprinkler pipe. The main pipe, the one that is filled with water under high pressure whether the sprinklers are running or not. Next to it are two other pipes, and an electrical cable that probably should not be accidentally cut when one is up to one’s elbows in muddy water that said cable is fully submerged in. You are looking at the result of nine hours of hard work, starting with determining where the leak was, how bad it is, and what exactly needs to be done to fix it. And that was after digging through quite a large amount of very heavy mud.

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The ’73 Belmont Stakes

I have always wanted to see this race, and I finally found it on YouTube. This is what is known as “a spanking”.

And you thought Seabiscuit was impressive…

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USA vs Venezuela

The FIBA qualifying tournament to decide which two teams of the Americas that will make an appearance in the 2008 Summer Olympics has begun. That can’t have escaped any sports fan in the U.S. Most of them seem to assume, like me, that Team USA is a given Olympic contender, based on the fact that the starting line-up consists of five of the fifteen best basketball players in the world right now, and several of the top twenty are sitting on the bench.

The two high points of the game were a series of passes that ended with a beautiful toss behind the back from LeBron to Kobe, who promptly dunked it, and something I never thought I’d hear: A sports announcer using the words “copacetic” and “reticent” in consecutive sentences.

Only Bill Walton.

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Welcome to the Helpdesk

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Northern comfort

I was screamed at by a couple of customers today. I can’t even begin to describe how rare that is. I’m very irritated at them.

Fortunately, I have a fragrant, rich, smooth, beautiful amber single malt to distract me from them.

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