Chilled Meleagris


The phrase "Give Up something Cold Turkey" has been in my head for a couple of weeks now, thanks to a conversation with Gina. I know, I know, you probably want to know what's being given up, but it's just another entry into a long running joke she and I have so in reality those details aren't important. Still, the phrase has me perplexed.

When first brought up, giving up something Cold Turkey sounded like a good idea as I thought I was trading in my vice for Cold Turkey. And I like Cold Turkey, it's scrumptious. A week went by and I received no Cold Turkey.

It was then brought up that I was giving up the vice and Cold Turkey, that being the reason I had received no Cold Turkey previously. I didn't want to give up Cold Turkey! Even though I couldn't remember the last time I had eaten Cold Turkey, I wanted the option to stay open. I had a hot turkey sandwich in support of this idea on Thursday. It was scrumptious.

I wanted to rebel and have my vice and Cold Turkey - if they're joined and I want one, must I have both? This was just an empty threat, though.

This lead me to the inevitable "where did that saying come from" question. According to the Wikipedia:

The last explanation, to me, has the best chance of being universally accepted. Quit drinking about the time the cold turkey runs out.

I still want the option to have Cold Turkey, no matter what I'm supposed to give up. The better option to prevent me from doing something would be to replace "Cold Turkey" with "Or Get Poked In The Eye".


Time for a change in breakfast


For years my go-to for breakfast has been Atkins Shakes. I got hooked, or maybe I just switched, to them years ago when I was serious and lost weight going low-carb. Each one seems a little high in calories(160) and fat(9g), especially since I'm not focusing on low carbs, so that 1 net carb does me no good! Generally I have 2 shakes, so double those stats for me. As such, I'm going to experiment and see what other shakes are out there that I might enjoy.

The hard part is that I actually like the flavor of the Atkins Milk Chocolate shake. I used to drink Slim Fast shakes, and I tried one years ago, in the midst of Atkins, and found it too sweet to drink. But I'm going to persevere and see what options are available today for my on the go breakfast option.

Today at the grocery store, I picked up 3 alternatives to try over the next week. They are:

There may be more options, but these were grouped together at Publix. I got a 4-pack of each, so we'll see if that gives my taste buds long enough to make a decision.

Probable boring updates to come!


Naswidgey 2012


After playing through a couple more races I've tweaked the house rules for Formula D that we've leaned toward.

No idea why I'm putting a link up here other than I'll eventually forget where I stashed the silly thing.


The Charter Update


My internet connection has been active for almost a week. After my last service call the problem was diagnosed as "water in my cable line". Oddly enough, this kind of makes sense. If I think hard enough I could see where my service would go out after a hard rain. Water would disrupt the connection within the line. Ok, I'll bite, I have water in my line.

The service tech installed a new line outside where the there's a connection between the pole in the back yard and then going into the ground by the house. Where the line connects to the house he applied some silicone to keep the water out. And I got a new modem since the one I've been leasing is a "2.0" model and they use "3.0" now.

After the tech left, I attacked my bill. On the 27th of last month, I downgraded my service to internet only. My old service total was $130.52 (internet, tv, no bundles but some crap from teh last bundle was still on, like the Charter Cloud). My internet only total would be $62.92. At the time I downgraded, I was charged for a partial months service so my total for the last payment was $86.00 instead of $130.52. I was taking care of all of this at the office in Athens and paid with a credit card.

When my new bill arrived in the mail it was for $183.53. This is substantially more than $62.92. On my bill it showed my payment of $86.00, but also showed all of the old services I discontinued. So, I got credit for a partial payment of $86.00, then charged for the remainder, plus a late fee, plus the next month's service of $130.52. If my payment hadn't showed up I would have though something didn't go through, but I paid and downgraded at the same time, and each service tech commented that I only had internet service through Charter.

I make my call through the automated Charter answering flowchart and finally get to a person. I explain that I downgraded my service, but my old service was still showing on my bill. She typed away and told me what my current service was (internet) and the charge on my current bill should have been $62.92. She was sorry for the confusion, but the bill was sent out before my account was updated with the change in my service.

But I did everything at the same time. And my payment showed up on the bill. How does my current service plan not get updated at the same instant?

I didn't ask that. I know better than to think somebody answering calls and (mainly) customer complaints knows anything about the inner workings of the cable company. Complaining to her wouldn't do any good. So I kept my mouth shut. Then I came to the internet and bitched about it.


!@$# Charter


I attribute my lack of updates over the past couple of weeks to the inconsistency of my home internet connection. Today, for the 3rd week in a row, I have a service call with Charter to come fix my freaking internet. Granted, it works right now, but it won't stay on.

2 weeks ago I scheduled a service call because my internet would go down between 9AM and anywhere from 7-10PM. When the tech came to fix it, he removed extra splitters from the outside of the house, and did something at the pole. Not sure why that combination would suddenly be the source of my problem, but everything was working afterward.

1 week ago I scheduled a service call because my internet suddenly stopped working - no signal at all on the modem. When the tech came to fix it, he turned the service that someone else switched off back on. Apparently one of my neighbors didn't pay their bill, so my internet was turned off. Unfortunately, that's not the first time this has happened.

Yesterday, I scheduled a service call because my modem would not connect to the internet after I got home from work. The service tech will be here this afternoon to bring me a new modem. As of now, my service came back up at 7:28PM last night.

So now while I have an internet connection it's time to surf and find out if anybody besides Charter provides internet service to my address. The last time I checked, nobody did. It's been a while since I checked, so maybe that's changed.


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