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  1. No Good Reasons
    We were getting breakfast this morning, and Thirsty Merc‘s “20 Good Reasons” came on… because I just can’t escape that song these days. (Song more overplayed — “20 Good Reasons” or the Silverchair comeback single? Talk amongst yourselves.)

    Anyway, Hans demonstrated how you can sing “With or Without You” overtop of it… which I argue can be done with half the pop ballads released since then. But to me it’s a combination of Train (who I’ve hated ever since they decided they could start using “chicken” in their lyrics), the “WOWY” aspect of U2, and somehow the opening line of the song made me think of “Letter B”— though after watching the youtube of it, it doesn’t seem to be the way I remembered.

    Play Along
    On the train, we somehow got talking about the Mrs. Potter movie. This led us to the question of how many movies we could name that had human/cartoon interaction. This is what we’ve come up with so far, but if you can think of any others, please leave a comment.

    1. Mrs. Potter
    2. Mary Poppins (me)
    3. Pete’s Dragon (H)
    4. Bedknobs & Broomsticks (H)
    5. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (H)
    6. The Incredible Mr. Limpet (me)
    7. Cool World (H)
    8. Space Jam (me)
    9. Anchors Aweigh (Barry)
    10. Alice in Wonderland (Barry)
    11. Little Shop of Horrors(Barry)
    12. Loony Tunes: Back in Action (Barry)

    There was also an Australian film that came out last year that we were going to count, but neither of us could remember the name. I just remember I fell asleep to it on two flights to/from New Zealand.

    EZYdvd Update
    Further to yesterday’s post which ended with mention of a refund, as of this morning, the money isn’t actually in our account.

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  2. EZYdvd — Order with Caution
    How interesting to hear that I’m not the only one with a bad experience…

    But anyway, this is the background to my story.

    Being a native Iowan, I am a COMPLETE fan of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. It was the first theatre production I ever had to audition for and made. I’ve seen it about a zillion times. I love it.

    So I’ve been singing some of the songs lately. One day we saw a kid in his striped school uniform jacket, and I started humming “Lida Rose” subconsciously. And I keep wanting to show it to my in-laws, because I think they’d get a real kick out of “Iowa Stubborn“, with classic lines such as “join us at the picnic — you can have your fill of all the food you bring yourself” and “we’re so dog-gone stubborn we could stand touching noses for a week at a time and never see eye to eye”.

    Last Thursday I decided to try my luck at finding a copy of the movie somewhere in this country.

    I checked the online store for THE dvd/cd store here. It wasn’t in stock, but they will order it in.

    I asked around the office to see if there was any other place to get DVDs online. A colleague mentioned EZYdvd.

    I searched, and found it. And to my delight — it was IN STOCK!

    I quickly put it in my shopping cart. I also added Season 5 of Scrubs. Sure it was more expensive than other places, but we had a weekend of nothing ahead of us, and suddenly it was about to be filled with all the movie/tv watching that we could handle. I was excited.

    I specifically checked the box to say that I wanted it sent via Startrack Express (an overnight courier service) for an extra charge so that I would have it in my hands before I left work on Friday. Bring out the popcorn, folks — we’re watching movies!

    My excitement waned that afternoon when I got the email to say that my product had been shipped — via Australian Post. (No offense to the dear people of the AUSPost, but you’re just as reliable as the USPS.) (emphasis added)

    Your parcel was shipped today (21/06/2007) by AUSTRALIA POST SURFACE MAIL
    Whilst the Australia Post mail service is generally very reliable, it is not unusual for some items to become delayed within the postal system. Should you experience significant delays, we ask that you check thoroughly with your local post office for your parcel and wait a minimum of 10 business days before lodging a query with our office.

    Oh no no… I immediately sent an email to say that I was quite certain that I had asked for the courier service.

    I got a reply 3.5 hours later…(emphasis added)

    I can advise that you did select courier as your delivery option, however our Credit Card provider had problems with their server yesterday and we could only manually process orders.

    Unfortunately the processor who put your order through sent it by Aust Post Surface Mail in error.

    We are really sorry about that and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    Ugh… fine. Maybe I was quick to get irritable. Perhaps the postal service would come through with flying colors. I decided to wait until the next day before getting upset.

    Well, I think it goes without saying that the package did NOT arrive on Friday. So I sent a response to my customer service girl…

    I appreciate the reply. However, I am somewhat disappointed. The whole reason I ordered from you guys was because my husband and I wanted to watch as much of “Scrubs: Season 5 ” as we could on the weekend, and I thought I would have in my hot little hands before we left work today. If I had known you weren’t going to send it via next day delivery as I requested, I would have canceled my order and gone to JB Fi-Hi to get it $7 cheaper on Saturday. Perhaps it might be nice to implement a policy to inform the customer before shipping if you’re going to change things up on them.

    Fine. Whatever. I officially am never using them again, but there wasn’t anything I could do. So we went home, rented the first season of 24 and got over it.

    Got over it until Monday, that is… when a package from EZYdvd arrived… SANS The Music Man! There was a Warehouse Stock Discrepancy Notification that basically said they didn’t have it. But nowhere on that form did it say anything like “we will be ordering this for you posthaste and apologize for the inconvenience” or “you will be receiving a refund for the cost of this item” or anything like that.

    So I fired up my email once again… (emphasis added)

    I received a package today with Scrubs only. There is a piece of paper giving indication that, while your website said it was in stock, “The Music Man” was not there, in actuality. Full payment was taken out of our account yesterday. Please let me know if/when I can expect this item or the refund.

    Oh yeah… they had already taken the money! Communication, people. Seriously.

    Four hours after that, I get a response… (emphasis added)

    Unfortunately I am unable to give you a date to when more stock will arrive, however I can confirm that we currently have placed an order for The Music Man with the distributor and expect to see it soon. As soon as this title becomes available again, we will immediately send a copy to you.

    We apologise for the delay.

    What. The. Crap. Honestly… if I wanted to wait for it to be imported from America, I would have just called my mom and had her send THE COPY I ALREADY OWN over… and I told her so…

    Thanks for the reply, [Helen]*.

    Could I please just have the $19.83 refunded to our credit card? I already own a copy of the movie and can have my mother ship it to me in a couple of days. It was one of those impulse purchases, because I thought I would have it by last Friday… and we already know how that turned out.

    Thanks for your help!

    Five minutes after I sent my email, I was copied in on Helen’s email to Pat* asking her to refund our card. And this morning I got a confirmation email that we were refunded (though I haven’t checked our account balance online yet).

    I can’t blame Helen, and once she got the refund-ball rolling, it happened. But I’m just so dissatisfied with their lack of up-front communication. Pretty much if I didn’t have the videos by last Friday, I really didn’t need them from EZYdvd at all. Maybe I’m overreacting, but I just felt conned after each little step.

    As far as I am concerned, these are the facts:
    1. Their website said my two items were in stock.
    2. The items were not in stock.
    3. They said they would send my items via overnight delivery.
    4. They decided they weren’t going to send my items via my requested method.
    5. Points 1 & 3 are the only two reasons I ordered from them in the first place.
    6. I won’t be ordering from them again.
    7. I wouldn’t encourage you to order from them either.

    *Names changed to protect the innocent.

    Space: My Occupational Frontier
    At work, we’ve been putting together a series of space dvds, that I’m disinclined to mention by name… but you can find here. We get them, edit them, and send them on for duplication. We also forward the masters and edited scripts to Sweden for their market. The last
    five scripts are due next week, and unfortunately, they were given to me in pdf format. And not like a document printed to PDF… more like pages scanned out of an old binder and saved as a PDF. So I’m using text-recognition to try to avoid having to type them all out again, but it has kept me busy this week.

    All that to say, did you know that 95% of all UFO sightings turn out to be space junk re-entering Earth’s atmosphere?

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  3. Link to Look at Later
    The Sketchpage: I came across this one doing a search for Anatoly Kalashnikov and don’t have time to look deeper at the moment.

    Coming Soon…
    My rant on why NOT to purchase from a post filled with keywords like “screwed”, “horrible service”, “bad experience”, “lies lies lies”, and the like for all those Googlers out there. (Unless someone sends me a super-sugary-sweet reply to my somewhat irritated email.)

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  4. Open Letter to Most Australian Retailers

    First of all, welcome to the internet. Also welcome to 2007.

    Now, please cut it out with the opening-of-the-new-window-just-because business. (Exhibit A & B) And usually it’s not “just because” but it’s “just because of all the ridiculous flash we’re incorporating for no reason”. (Exhibits C & D) You can cut that out too.

    While you’re at it, how about showing some of your products and making them easy to find. Call me crazy, but maybe you could consider putting ALL your products on there just for kicks. (Exhibits E & F) Sorry, while I appreciate the effort it takes to upload PDFs of your paper catelog, that’s just not cutting it for me. (Exhibit G)

    I suppose it would be too much to ask to be able to order something while I’m at your website, because I don’t live in Melbourne or Sydney.

    Why do you all hate me? Please change.


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  5. Open Letter to Australia
    Oh Australia,

    Why do you make it so hard for me to love you?

    August, September, and even the beginning of October were pretty tolerable, but this month you’ve turned back into the fiery pits of hell that I hated so much last year. I’m sorry, but I’m now convinced that it’s not me anymore. It’s you.

    This last week has been almost unbearable between noon and 4pm. I’m sick of sitting in a pool of my own sweat. It’s not even Summer yet. Couldn’t you ease up just a little bit?

    I’m happy to be leaving you for a few weeks. Feel free to bake your citizens to death during that time, but by February, will you please start thinking about Autumn? For me?


    Six Months
    It’s our .5 Anniversary today. I turned all girlie and wanted it to be sweet and romantic, but so far it’s been none of the above. Up early. Rushed get-ready. Show tonight. Won’t get home until late. And the idea of people I don’t particularly care for being there just makes it all the worse. (Of all of Hans’s friends that I have met, there are two who I consider to be my archnemeses. But hey, at least the rest of them have been great! And thankfully the one lives in a different timezone most of the year.)

    Since We Last Spoke

    • Hans had a root canal without much advance notice.
    • We saw The Prestige and loved it, but… (highlight for spoiler) :why was Borden’s secret word Tesla if the guy already was a twin? We didn’t necessarily get that, unless it’s more obvious than we think.
    • We had a little impromptu Thanksgiving feast. It wasn’t exact… take-out chicken instead of turkey, fries instead of mashed potatoes. But we had green bean casserole, so life was good.

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  6. Open Letter to the Guy on the Train
    Dear Sir:

    If it was some sort of tough-guy persona you were trying to create with your oversized sports jersey, baggy pants, untied shoes, and attitude-y slouch, perhaps you’d like to consider turning the volume down on your iPod when Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” comes up on your playlist.

    Still giggling,

    Don’t Getcha Hopes Up Just Yet
    Mom doesn’t know yet, but we determined that it might be cheaper to fly to America than it will be to air-condition our house this summer. For the people who have free passes, are there any non-blackout dates at Universal in January-ish? 🙂

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  7. An Open Letter to Katie (and Curtis, Matt & Dan) at GA Tech

    Dear Katie:

    I am flattered (albeit somewhat freaked out) that you have chosen this site to be the focus of your Electronic Community project for your ENGL 1101 class. I don’t know if this is some sort of creative writing assignment, or if you are supposed to base your project on actual truth… but I feel the need to clarify a few things that you seem to be a little confused about. So allow me to quote your findings and point out where you have gone astray in your assumptions.

    Katie's Post for November 10th

    Today on the blog people[1] decided to post pictures of flowers and describe the importance of what a single rose can do for someone.[2] Also there was a posting of one guy[3] who talked about how bad his day was. I gathered from his posting that he is a male from his late twenties[4] that works in a cubicle[5]. He talked about how his friend did not get the job that would've supported his wife and unborn child. Also, he spent hours on a project that ended up not working out and having to change it back to its original form. Another post was from someone who showed a picture of a lunar eclipse and shared that they experienced one the other night. The postings are very random and seem to be observations that they have had throughout the day[6].

    1. First off — only one person posts here, and that is me. Anyone is welcome to comment… but as for the main content, that would be moi.

    2. Referring to my November 10th post, I’m not getting the flowers thing. Though I will say that the following two days I did post flower photos. (One of which is a poppy… ya know, for Veterans’ Day.)

    3. I am a girl. (See that picture up at the top? Me. See that little “About” link up there? All about me. Though I understand some people don’t quite have the observation skills that I have, so let’s move on.)

    4. Again… girl, 26.

    5. No cubicles here, but way to use your imagination! It’s actually a house. My office used to be the bedroom of the woman who died there. (Just a side little tidbit for you there.)

    6. The rest I’ll pretty much give you.

    Katie's Post for November 11th

    Today there was a discussion on 80's cartoons that would make good cartoons[7]. They provided a link that allowed people to vote on it and see other options. People decided that Mask II[8] would be an excellent choice. There was also a somewhat morbid observation of one person who saw something disturbing on the news. He explained how there is someplace in Knoxville where they take dead people and leave them out in the elements to study decomposition. I think that is a little scary. What if you were just walking around in the woods and you see all these severely decomposed cadavers? I think that that would scar me for life[9].

    7. I’d hardly call it a discussion, but yes, on November 11 I did post a link to an 80’s-cartoons-to-movies article. (Although I didn’t know about the voting section.)

    8. I said “M.A.S.K. too”… as in “M.A.S.K. also“. I think it’s a little early to be thinking about the sequel, M.A.S.K. II.

    9. Rest assured. There is a barbed-wire fence around The Body Farm.

    Katie's Observation for November 14th 2003

    Every Friday on the weblog, there is one user that provides a series of five random questions that people respond to. Today the questions were: 1. Using one adjective describe your living space. 2. Using two adjectives, describe your current employeer. 3. Using three adjectives, describe your favorite pastimes/hobby. 4. Using four adjectives, describe your typical day. 5. Using five adjectives describe your ideal life. There was a variety of adjectives used, from boring[10] to creative. Most people felt that their day is very atypical and boring[11]. It was agreed that most peoples living space was comfortable[12].

    10. Yes, my November 14th post was lacking when it came to content… but must we go so far as to call it “boring”?

    11. There you go with that “boring” word again.

    12. Most people agreed because… well… it was all me.

    Katie's Obsesrvation for November 16th 2003

    There was only one post today from someone. They put a picture of a foggy landscape and proceeded to tell his fellow bloggers that he had been wishing for foggy weather, it came true, and he is sorry[13] for the people that live in his area. He also talked about his friend/girlfriend that came back into town from Chilli, and they went out for coffee.[14] I don't know about you, but if my friend or boyfriend[15] came into town from Chilli[16], which was probably a very long trip considering how excited he was, the last thing I would be doing is getting a cup of coffee. She just came from South America, where there is an abundance of awesome coffee, I don't think that is the ideal thing to initially do with his friend[17]. Maybe it's just me....[18]

    13. Please don’t put words in my mouth. I wasn’t sorry.

    14. Okay… here we start to get sloppy. Katie, Katie, Katie. Dan’s over there reading pages upon pages of LOTR fan fiction, and you don’t seem to even want to bother actually reading one sentence with any sort of comprehension. Allow me to quote myself: “Tina’s back — yay! We all went to Chili’s to celebrate her birthday which was a couple weeks ago.”

    15. Tina is my roommate who went home for a month and a half.

    16. Whoa… back up there, Skippy. Virginia. It’s in North America.

    17. You’re freaking me out here. You really are. So here we go, from the top: Tina was gone; Tina came back; she was gone during her birthday; so we went to Chilis Restaurant (I even posted a link to the stinking place in case my kiwi didn’t know what it was) for dessert to celebrate after she got back; the coffee was earlier in the day and had nothing to do with Tina whatsoever.

    18. It is. Trust me, it is.

    I was hesitant to write this, because frankly, I was curious to see if you would write anything else. However, I wanted to be sure the truth was conveyed well before you portrayed me as a complete loser. If you would take the time to actually read the site instead of just skimming it, I think you might find lots of interesting and humorous tidbits to brighten your day. That is the goal anyway.

    Good luck and peace be with you.


    Song for the Day:

    Somebody’s Watching Me
    (Real Audio) – Rockwell

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  8. Open Letter to Michael Jackson

    Dear Michael…

    I have loved and defended you for years. Please don’t embarrass me on Thursday night.


    Your #32 Fan (because I’m sure there are bigger fans than me… but I’m still a fan, if you know what I mean.)

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