Sunday, September 30, 2007

Software and more

A court in France has awarded a man 311.85 euros as the cost of the pre-loaded software on his new Acer laptop. His case was that he didn't want the software but that he had no choice but to buy it.

Could have implications?

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2007/09/26/acer_laptop_microsoft_windows_french_ruling/

(312 euros = £220 = $440)

(from webmasterworld comments)

New Age Stone Builders worked both Sat and Sunday on new house. I have photos but they are still on my camera.
Shrimp Fest is coming up. This weekend, we loaded about 300 previous years posters in cardboard tubes. And discovered that this years posters will not fit in the remaining 800 tubes I ordered due to two things, ...poster printer did not roll posters like they did last year, and tube co lied in specs about inside diameter of tube....so, I think all posters will have to be unrolled and re-rolled to fit in the tubes..if we can get some high school volunteers on Wed, it will be easier to do that than re-order tubes to fit over sized-posters.

Fabo weather here....sunny and breezy.

Daddy in Skilled Nursing Care at Village of G'town. Momma is holding on to his room at the Canterbury Court Alzheimer's Unit in case he gets to go back there, as there is now a wait list, they only have ten clients at a time...but she said tonight that she didn't think he would ever 'get well' ...I told her, no, that he was on a train moving in one direction only....

She said Cary and Frances may go up there in a few days (both have been out of town in other directions, Dallas and Hilton Head) and after SF, I am sure that I will go up there.

Dan Z, my builder says this is why he brings his mom down here from Iowa for 6 months of the year to here...I told him that my mom was not that portable.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

weird

I wrote a big 'ole post last night, all text and it is gone today ! (note, it is back now, more weird)
While I investigate that, you can use the corporate BS generator to get ready for your next meeting.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Monday,Monday

I talked to a number of possible local house vendor participants today. Kitchens, countertops, appliances, fastners like big hulky hardware, etc...went to phone co and got a handful of DSLfilters for other phone and fax lines (Not for new house).

Millie was 25 min late for lunch. I went on and ordered and my food arrived when she did. She is usually late so I took stuff to work on while I waited. Ate at the new restaurant at The Wharf...Villagio, owned by Ginny Lane (restaurant) owners. It was good. Sorta neuvo Italian. Big tile covered visible oven...for the fancy pizzas. Would be pricey at dinner....no doubt about it. Lunch for one ran almost 20 bucks w/ ice tea and tip and tax. I took some photos for web so it could be a biz expense. I'll do a little review later tonight on one of my websites. She had been there a couple times before, so I got good feedback from her w/out me having to spend so much to try different stuff.

Found a place that sells American Greeting cards for 10/ dollar. Good gettin' place for some other stuff too. It was next door to a kitchen/bath place.

I loaded my rolling trash can w/ chunks of concrete and got it up to the street when I got back here around 6:30 p.m. When you build you are suppose to get a dumpster, but they are real expensive, like 300+ a month. so I am going to see how long we can hold off. I will just be real steady about taking the big blue BFI can to the street. (Oh yea, BFI is now Allied Waste.) Luckily we still get twice a week pickups. Most places don't.

Daddy is in the hospital again. He went in on Thurs or Fri. Stephen drove up from Greenwood to be w/ Momma and see about Daddy on Sat and Sun. It is pneumonia. He doesn't swallow properly. Seems to be a common problem of the very old. Daddy was very sick when they sent him to the hospital be Stephen said he was much better once the antibiotics kicked in. He had not eaten in a long time and was so weak, so Momma and Stephen got him some pork chops....the nurse walked in and freaked. Said he could have nothing by mouth....part of it will go in his lungs. It is probably going to be a huge issue about feeding tube vs. not. His living wills says no feeding tubes, but the hospitals love 'em. (more $$$$$), plus their stance is to keep people alive at any cost, no matter about quality of life. Probably some tough decisions for Momma coming up.

At The Village of G'town, Daddy hated the gloppy mucus like food substitute and complained bitterly, so we signed wavers to allow him to have sorta regular food, but we knew some of it might go in his lungs. What he REALLY likes is a BBQ sandwich, so Momma and Lisa try to get them for him and bring them in every so often.

Speaking of Lisa, she and Henry were leaving for Hawaii for 10 days, and she is so good about seeing Momma and Daddy almost every day...we told her not to cancel her trip. We told her the other sisters and bro would do whatever we needed to. I expected to drive to Memphis yesterday or today but Momma and Stephen said it wasn't necessary, to hold off, so I did.

Momma's hip is giving her fits she says, had to get help going up to Daddy's room after he was admitted. She is already wearing a leg brace and ugly shoes for torn tendons in her foot. Momma once told me that this Golden Years stuff was nonsense.

I'll have to call and see what the Dr said today. I'll ck to see if I will need to go up there.

We had a nice rainy weekend. On and off. The sun would come out in between. We are still so behind on rain, no one minded. We were not even used to looking at rain or remembering what it sounded like.

My cable TV on Hardwood Dr is acting crazy--it is MediaCom Cable and on channel two I have a DirectTV logo bouncing around the screen like Pong. I think I am getting some satellite back-feed from some neighbor's TV. Turns out it does it on my next door neighbors TV too, but they all use that house in short spurts , weekends only, so no one calls and complains or signs up for repair service. But I am sorta glad it is doing it on his TV too. Lots of my channels are screwed up....BUT, officially I am only suppose to have the $9 package of local stations only, and I was getting 100 channels before this new thing, so I was reluctant to complain. I have already called DirectTV and they insist it is not their problem....they say call MediaCom. And since you have to be on hold at MediaCom for something like an hour+ to get to speak to a person....it is such a drag.

The neighbor on the other side uses Dish Network, so he says it isn't his feed coming into my house. And another crazy thing is that I get slightly different channels on the two TV's. It is all screwed up. Blame it on the hurricanes !

I stayed on hold for over 30 min today and then had to leave the house. I have speaker phones for this very reason.

Insurance on my Lagoon house has gone up to $4000...can you believe it ? I am gonna have impact glass in new place. I may just cancel the insurance. My friend , Jerry Nasello, who is building DAC-ART also, says he will not carry homeowners when it is finished.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Prison Needlework



In the UK there is an organization that sends volunteers into the prison system to teach needlework to inmates who work on projects in their cramped cells to be sold thru the Fine Cell Work website. It is called FineCellWork

Lady Anne Tree was a prison visitor for twenty-five years, entertainments officer at HMP Wandsworth and a prison inspector, she founded Fine Cell Work and continues to contribute her wisdom and support to the charity.

Both men and women participate and by looking around their website, it looks like certain companies may donate some supplies. The laws had to be changed to allow these people to earn money outside of the penal system. Most send the earnings home to children and spouses and save some for living expenses if and when they are released.

Website includes pillows, rugs, quilts, bags and takes private commissions.

Now a former prisoner (15 yrs) who learned needle crafts in prison is out and trying to get a similar program stated in the States. His gallery shows him to be big on baseball and down on vice.
http://www.raymaterson.com/

Friday, September 21, 2007

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Howdy

Today I think I will have to make a decision on my windows and doors. I am waiting on a cqll back from the Swift's Supply Weathershield Window fellow, Joey. I'd have already talked to him but for the fact that occasionally my cell just doesn't ring, and the called leaves a message and immediately the phone does seem to have enuf signal to give me the "yo, message left" beep-beep.

Patty w/ Vetter has given me what I think is a really fabo price. Esp considering they will be impact glass (think car windshield) .
gotta continue later...

Friday, September 14, 2007

Great Little Timewaster

Get your celebrity real estate kuv-ridge right here.

we as a culture are obsessed with celebrity and celebrity lifestyle. We all want to know where they go, what they wear and who they're sleeping with. And of course, where they live. This blog is focussed on who lives where, who's buying and selling and for how much. Real Estalker

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Crane Arrived


Finally....several days late, it came this afternoon. It looks wonderful. I put a bunch of photos on ConcreteCottage.com but I will put one here. I tried making a little movie of the first block it picked up, i just used my regular camera, not a movie camera, so will see if I can upload it.

Well , it looks like it uploaded. This is an unedited video, so no telling what it is like. I have not seen it yet.

It says it is uploaded but processing. I think Blogger automatically changes it from one file type to another...OPPS--no audio, not sure why...maybe my digital camera doesn't do audio, but I thought most did now. I know my older ones did. Also, excuse the sideways shot of grass in the middle :o)
Guess I dont know where the off button is.
video

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Great Idea...maybe



Bike Dispensers for metropolitan areas....park that car or get off a train, bus, etc and slide your card to get a bike, return it to the same or any other bike dispenser location when you are thru.
Gulf Shores wants to re-do the beach front area, they want to re-route the hwy....this would be perfect for resort area pedaling. Oh wait....salt air....rust.....

Monday, September 03, 2007

Facial Hair Competition


In Britian this year,
glad none of my family members were entered....

See some wild hairs