Archive for July, 2007

Seek And Ye Shall Find (07/07)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Interesting Google searches that led to my website for the month of July:

  1. behrs furniture theme song – Why the heck would you torture yourself like this?
  2. metrocard refund – (212) METROCARD. Good luck, you’ll need it.
  3. finding artifacts rockaway jamaica bay – Where you can find a great third rail insulator, busted TV sets and barrels of radioactive ooze.
  4. i hate chase / i hate bank of america / chase charges bounced check / i hate the chase bank commercial / disgruntled customers of chase / i hate chase bank – Glad to see I’m not the only disgruntled one.
  5. googley eyes – My mother says if I do that, my eyes will stick that way.
  6. noelle north nude / rockaway beach nude / annaliese van der pol naked / noelle scott nude – Does this look like a porn site to you? NO! Rated PG folks, move on…
  7. r ye nekkid? – NO! Doth I look nekkid to ye? ‘Tis not a porn site – move on!
  8. she left her stole at grand central station – Well, let’s just hope Metro-North’s lost and found doesn’t suck as much as the LIRR’s.
  9. lymph node protrude yawn – Erm… perhaps you should get that checked out.
  10. did journey fire jeff scott soto – Yes, enough already!
  11. robert moses field 5 nude – No, Field 5 is not nude! Child-friendly – no wee-wees and ta-tas allowed! Walk east if you want to bare all.
  12. my favorite songs by styx – How am I supposed to know?
  13. how to use bus in battleon – Like you would use a bus anywhere else. You wait for it to stop, open its doors, climb aboard, pay the fare and sit down.
  14. amanda’s arse – Excuse me? See numbers 6 and 7!

San Francisco, Part I

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Here I am, sitting jetlagged from my recent vacation. Given that it is only 8:00 p.m. in California, I am still awake. I told Lexcie that I was going to sleep, but I’ve failed. So, I think I’ll start a write-up about the trip. (more…)

Robots In Disguise

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

My friend Dean brought his children, ages 8 and 7, to see Transformers this weekend. Apparently, there’s a scene where the protagonist, played by Shia LaBeouf, is searching for something in his room. His parents are knocking on the door, asking what he is doing, and he tells them to hold on. This went on for a few minutes, and the parents were becoming inpatient. Finally, he lets them into the room, and they ask him something to the effect of, “Were you masturbating?”

Of course, that’s something most 7 and 8 year olds have (and should have) no clue about. Dean said his children began to persistantly ask what masturbating was, while in the theater, and he told them they’d talk about it later. But his son kept pressing on (more…)

Seven Year Itch

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Note to self – if you’re going to wear skirts to work in the summer:

  1. Do not walk over subway grates
  2. Hold your skirt down while walking down station steps
  3. Hold your skirt down while walking in between tall buildings
  4. Adjust your skirt before you sit down on the LIRR, or you’ll be sticking to the seat for the entire ride in

Dun Dun Dun…

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

NYCTA called me back regarding my MetroCard balance protection claim. Finally!

However, they called me as I was heading home on the LIRR, while I was in the one spot in the East River Tunnel where I lose cell phone reception. So naturally, I did not see the missed call until I was practically in Babylon. At that point, it was too late to call them back without leaving a message. So, tomorrow, before it gets hectic with my news reporting, I will be back on the phone with 212-METROCARD.

I wonder if they called back from all the messages I left, or from the complaint letter I wrote to the MTA.  We shall see.

In better news, my new camera shipped today! Since it’s coming from Brooklyn, it should be in my hands tomorrow… weeeeee! ::backflip:: I plan to take lots and lots of photos when Lexcie and I leave for San Francisco next week.

Highest Priority My Arse

Monday, July 9th, 2007

New York City Transit refunds the balance of your MetroCard if you’ve lost the card and purchased it with a credit or debit card. In order to do so, you have to call 212-METROCARD and file a claim. I’ve just left my third message in regards to filing a MetroCard balance protection claim.

Two previous calls, made on July 2 and July 6, have not been returned although the answering machine said that the call will be returned in one business day. So, I wrote a letter this morning through MTA’s contact form on its website. (more…)

Battle on the Q53

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Yesterday, Lexcie, Alex and I went to walk the abandoned LIRR Rockaway Branch. After meeting in Midtown and having lunch, we took the R train to Forest Hills, where we walked around trying to find access to the ROW. However, Forest Hills had gated most access to the ROW, so we had a difficult time. We finally found a clearing at Southridge Street and Yellowstone Road, and climbed up onto the tracks. It took us about two hours to clear half a mile along the thick, thorny brush, but we did find a bunch of interesting spots on the way, including some washed-out track beds and a car parts and chemical barrel dumping ground. We abandoned the route when we hit the LIRR Lower Montauk Line, and will perhaps finish another day. I would like to see the abandoned stations.

And the whole time we walked the abandoned ROW, my mother was worried about people and danger we might encounter, when the real action turned out to be at bustling Rockaway Beach. (more…)

Why I Hate Chase

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

I am done with Chase credit cards. I will never charge a single dollar to one of those cards again, thanks to those blood-suckers. And here’s why:

I have three credit cards with Chase. One, I’ve had since 2002. Another was a Bank One card, which was purchased by Chase in 2004. The third was its new Chase Freedom Card (you’ll probably remember the commercial, which used the Rolling Stones’ song “Free”). The first two cards had fixed APRs in the low teens; the second has a 0% introductory offer.

Recently, I noticed that the first two cards – which were always paid on time, and above the minimum payment – had their APRs jacked up to approximately 28% and 25%, variable. (more…)