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  • When it rains, it pours

    Posted on September 30th, 2003 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    On top of the medical bills and work I have to do, now the home loan stuff is really becoming stressful. Without going into details, things are not going smoothly (thank you self-employment), but I should be able to get myself out of this mess. Having my fax machine eat my bank statements does not help matters.

  • Toes

    Posted on September 28th, 2003 Jeff Keller No comments

    The other day, I was chatting with a friend at one of the camera companies. She was complaining about being stressed and said that she and (presumably) some coworkers were going to “get their toes done” at lunch.
    After some sort of acknowledgment on my part, she asked me if I’d ever had a pedicure. I said “nope”, and she told me how good they felt.
    I had no idea that men got pedicures. There must be three nail and pedicure places on my street, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a man walk out of one of them. I know one thing for sure: I don’t want some strange person messing with my feet.

  • YAHU

    Posted on September 27th, 2003 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    That’s “Yet Another House Update”.
    I made a very quick out-and-back trip to see the house. They’ve put in the floor tile and also the stucco on the outside (finally). Check out the latest update.
    I was also pleased to see that the Brentwood (okay, Antioch) Target store opens October 12th — just in time.

  • From the “I wish I had a tripod” file

    Posted on September 26th, 2003 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    Went to the Conservatory of Flowers today, which I hinted at a few days ago. Wasn’t really worth the $5. It’s a stuffy, crowded version of the free botanical gardens across the park. I suppose it’s worth checking out once though.
    Anyhow, inside were some tropical plants and butterflies…

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  • Someone’s going to pay (or, “out for blood”)

    Posted on September 25th, 2003 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    As if my car accident insurance fiasco couldn’t get any worse, today I got a bill from Kaiser for over $26,000. Keep in mind that I was a passenger in someone else’s car, who was rear-ended by a truck. The truck is 100% at fault and we have the police report to prove it. Just a few weeks ago I spoke with Healthcare Recoveries, who was supposed to sort this all out and bill the right people. Well, they obviously didn’t do their job, as I got left with the bill. I’ve made two phone calls so far, but the person I need to speak to is of course not there. If I don’t get anywhere with them, I guess I’ll have to find a lawyer to bail me out. There’s no way I’m paying this bill.

  • Happiness is a cool G5

    Posted on September 24th, 2003 Jeff Keller 9 comments


    Shortly after lunch, I was on the phone with a potential (and hopefully future) advertiser. I had already had Airborne Express, UPS, and FedEx Express show up with packages (busy day!). But no sign of FedEx Ground.
    As soon as the doorbell rang, I said “uhh, I’ll call you back” and went running down the stairs. There I found the FedEx guy with my 58 pound black box from Apple. I carried it up the three floors to my apartment, plopped it down on the floor, and got to work.
    Those of you who don’t understand us “crazy Mac people” may not want to click on the link below…

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  • 1 out of 2 ain’t bad

    Posted on September 24th, 2003 Jeff Keller No comments

    Well, I never got my G5 yesterday. A little before 6pm, I got tired of waiting and called FedEx. I was told that, despite their website saying that the package would be delivered on the 23rd, that it was really due on the 24th. So I gave up, showered quickly, and left for the concert.
    The Radiohead concert (setlist) made up for my crappy Tuesday. They were really great — one of the few bands that actually sounds good live. Must be because they’re talented musicians instead of the “performers” that seem so popular today. My only complaints were a) we were too far from the stage and b) they didn’t play enough old stuff. But overall, they rocked. And I’d love to know what they used for the cool real-time video effects on the screens on both sides of the stage.

  • Reload… reload…. reload

    Posted on September 23rd, 2003 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Exactly three months after I ordered it, today I am supposed to receive my PowerMac G5. For the technically inclined, I got the dual 2Ghz model with 1.5GB of memory, 160GB hard drive, Superdrive, and the Radeon 9600 video card.
    When I ordered it a few hours after the Steve Jobs keynote back in June, Apple said I’d get it in August. On the last day of August, I got moved up to September 29th. Then a day later, they changed it to September 22nd. Yesterday they said it was going to be mid-October…. then 3-5 days… and then it shipped (these e-mails all arrived within a few hours of each other).
    So here I am at home, waiting for FedEx to show up. I haven’t showered, because I know that as soon as I step in, the doorbell will ring and I’ll miss the delivery. I can’t stay forever, either, as I need to get my Radiohead tickets from Amit — and eventually go to the concert itself!
    So here’s hoping that FedEx will show up in the next 30 minutes… I keep reloading their tracking page over and over hoping I’ll see something like “about to pull up to your house”.