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Bullet Sunday 320

Posted on Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Dave!Extended winter weather got you down? Well don't despair because a toasty warm flurry of bullets is headed your way! An all-new Bullet Sunday starts now...

   
• Neighbors! I got back from seeing The Book of Mormon around 10:45pm. Taking account that stupid-ass Daylight Saving Time was going to be screwing with the clocks again, it's actually more like 11:45pm, since I'd be losing an hour's sleep. But a mere 15 minutes after my head hit the pillow, some kind of impromptu midnight party started up in the hallway. Unable to get any sleep with all the racket, I wrote my blog entry in the hopes things would settle down after I was done. No such luck. The noise went on until 3:30am, despite signs like this being posted...

Repect Your Neighbors!

Not even a kind reminder does any good, because these assholes don't give a shit if there are people trying to sleep. They only care about themselves. It bugs the crap out of me but, unfortunately, there's no ramifications for for their behavior so nothing is likely to change. A call to the front desk quieted them down for about 15-20 minutes, but then it started right back up again.

Well, things need to change. There needs to be ramifications for this kind of behavior. I don't know if it's a punch to the face or somebody getting their dick kicked in, but I am sick and tired of paying big money to get a good night's rest when I travel only to have to put up with this bullshit.

   
• Sanity! And speaking of stupid fucking Daylight Saving Time... there's an official petition being presented to The White House that needs your signature. As a reminder of just how utterly stupid DST has become, I once again present the genius of CGP Grey...

   
• Cake! When I landed at Chicago O'Hare International Airport last Thursday, I bemoaned the fact that nobody was waiting to greet me with cake and balloons...

Face Book Ohare Update

But then today when I went to RW's house to discuss the upcoming issue of THRICE Fiction and other related business, not only did I get a delicious plate of cacio e pepe for lunch... but also, at long last, my cake!

Lynne Cake

Bob's wife, Lynne, didn't stop there... oh no. Inside? CHOCOLATE PUDDING!

Lynne Cake Pudding Filling

AND WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR LUNCH THAT WAS SO GREAT?

   
• DOL! What's one of the things I hate most in life? Renewing my driver's license at the dreaded Department of Licensing. I fucking loathe that time-sucking vortex of joyless horror. Which is why I was happy... positively thrilled, actually... to find out I could renew my license online this year. Seriously one of the best days of 2013 so far... if not one of the best days of my entire life.

   
• No Go! The official airport shuttle for Chicago O'Hare is called "Go Express." For a fairly reasonable rate, they offer door-to-door service to and from the airport. But there's a problem. Here's what they tell you the van will look like on their website...

Go Express Fantasy

But here is what it really looks like...

Go Express Reality

The only place it says "Go Express" is on a tiny panel on the very front of the sign-board that's on top, everything else is advertising. So if you don't see them as they pull into your hotel, and all you have to look for is the side of the van... how in the fuck are you supposed to know that this van is from Go Express? Well, you don't. Which causes all kinds of unnecessary confusion for people who just want to go to the airport. Apparently a few advertising dollars is more important to this company than consideration for their customers. I mean, seriously, can't they even slap a "Go Express" magnetic sign on the door or something? Does anybody care about their customers any more?

   
• Paint! I've fallen in love with encaustic painting, which is a technique where pigment-infused wax is melted and painted onto a surface, then fused in place. It's very beautiful, and receptive to all kinds of interesting artistic manipulations. Unfortunately, the tools and supplies to create encaustic works are really expensive. Too expensive to be buying a bunch of stuff just so I could goof around and try it out.

Well imagine my surprise this morning when I found out that there is an encaustic studio in Seattle which offers classes! Unfortunately, the 2-Day course I would want to take is THIS WEEKEND, but I am definitely going to sign up for a future introductory class when I get a chance. If anybody is interested in signing up with me, please let me know, and I'll email you when I get the dates!

   
• w00t! And, lastly, now is the time on Blogography where we dance!

Monkey Dancing

Wow. Looks like we had a seven-shooter this Bullet Sunday. Time to pack up my suitcase for a return home in the morning.

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Comments

  1. THANK YOU for that link to the DST petition! NOT having to deal with it was one of the few advantages of living in Arizona. I hated it during my time in California, and I’m hating it just as much in Colorado.

  2. Robin says:

    Had to laugh when I saw the shuttle van. The big orthopedic trade show is next week in Chicago and I see one of our competitors is already plastering their propaganda on the shuttle van!

  3. Hotel parties…..ugh.

    The worst I had was some a-hole bouncing a basketball during a party that that spilled out onto the hallway. The front desk was no help and when I went to check out at 4 AM I had to wait for them to get my car because they were too busy chatting with a prostitute that was leaving at the same time (I had called down to have the car brought around before I came down).

    Obviously this wasn’t a cheap (or inexpensive) hotel.

    I just started staying at the business-oriented chains instead of the high-end places. Not so many parties at midnight in the $80/night places as the $200/night places.

    Of course this was a business trip……

  4. Every year, I get angry about stupid DST. The children won’t go to bed, and I’m having to spend more money to air condition the house while cooking at 5pm (which should only be 4pm, meaning another hour for the sun to set some more). Lame.

  5. Sarah says:

    The encaustic painting sounds like a really awesome way to paint. I would love to take that class! I’m not a very good artist but I bet it would be a lot of fun.

    And I am totally jealous of your cake. It looks delicious.

  6. DST petition signed! Thank you so much for pointing me to that. I need to post that on my blog as well.

  7. martymankins says:

    Chocolate pudding in the cake. My lunch paled in comparison… everyone’s lunch that wasn’t chocolate pudding in the cake paled in comparison.

    After this many years, it’s sad that only two states (AZ and HI) have tossed out the DST. Of course, this means we should move to either AZ or HI since it might be many more years before any other states get smart enough to ditch DST.

    Nice Sprokets mention at the end there, with dancing Bad Monkey.

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