Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Halloween and credit cards

So I seem to have hit a patch of utter and complete disorganization, which has a lot to do with the shitty blog posts of the past, say, week or so. Today for example I got up twenty minutes early for work, but still left twenty minutes late...and I don't even have the excuse of having kids! It's just me! Of course, I put the dogs out when I first got up when it was all dry outside, and then got in the shower, and it started pouring when I was showering, so I wound up dealing with three soaked muddy dogs...

Halloween was lots of fun, at least the Halloweeny part. The picking my grandmother up on the way home from work bit wasn't so great. My grandmother is old and very overweight and arthritic and diabetic and, God love her but she's not all that bright, and she wears a lot of perfume and is codependent like a left arm, and will tell you in great detail about all her pains. I sat in horrendous traffic and finally arrived at her house where I loaded her into my wee little Honda (no small feat) nearly gagging on the smell of "Ben-Gay meets perfume supposed to smell like roses that maybe did in 1973 when it was new." I rolled down my window and she asked me to roll it up because she was cold (it was about 65 degrees). Oy, Granny, it's a good thing I love you...

We went over to my parents' house and I took pictures of the haunted yard of horror that my brother had rigged all up. He goes allll out. He even built this skull-topped scarecrow thing that was about twenty feet tall, complete with fog-machine effects. He also built a mummy and a coffin that he hid in and scared kids from and a big witch and a zillion other scarecrows, and rigged up this rat thing next to a strobe light that would jerk out in front of you when you walked by it...we had hundreds of kids come this year. People actually drove to bring their kids to my parents' house to go through the yard. There was a traffic jam getting in the gate. My other brother dressed up as a gorilla and lumbered around behind people, scaring them.

Lots of fun.

I really am planning to update my template. That just got sort of pushed to the back burner here lately.

The camera stuff I ordered over the weekend arrived yesterday, already, which is very nice. Unfortunately it's been raining and I haven't had a chance to take any pictures with my nifty new UV and polarizing filters. When I get home from work, it's already dark outside, so there's not a lot of opportunity here to do any cool stuff...hopefully next weekend I'll get a chance to play around.

Oh yeah--click on any of these pictures for the larger view. They're all from last night. I particularly like the skull one. The clown grosses me out. I don't find clowns scary, even this one--it's just gross to me.

So today's the day NaNoWriMo starts. Ha ha ha! I have no idea what I'm going to write about. That's pretty sweet. I did take a few pictures of my keyboard after lunch today.

Things are still a little cool between M and I. Our fight was about dental insurance. Dental insurance. That is just utterly stupid. I'm only writing it down now so I can come back in a month and laugh about how utterly stupid it all is.

So this morning when I was frantically trying to get my crud together for work, I realized that my credit card statement was sitting under the enormous pile of "do something with this crap" crap on the kitchen table, and that it was due tomorrow. There's a $25 fee whenever it's late, which I have had to pay 2 times because I forgot to pay the stupid thing in the one-week window between when you get the statement and when it's due (yet another reason I usually maintain a balance of zero on my credit card). Figuring I would save myself the fee, I tried to sign up for online statement paying, which I did successfully, and I clicked the "make payment now" button and was told that it takes up to six days to process online bill paying setup. Excellent. It suggested I call the number on the back of the card to pay the balance over the phone. So I tried that and the automated voice told me there's a $14.50 fee to pay your balance over the phone. I just hung up and started cussing. I mean, I know credit-card companies are inherently evil and all that, but $14.50 to pay a bill over the phone? For fuck's sake, man. That's just unreasonable.

But, looks like it's either do that or pay the $25 late fee. Bastard credit-card companies.

Okay. Life awaits.


At November 01, 2005 5:56 PM, Blogger Sorted Lives said...

Sounds like your Holloween was fun!! I agree with the credit card companies, anyway to fuck you over and get more money!! Dirty bastards

At November 01, 2005 9:54 PM, Blogger deputyswife said...


That 20 foot scarecrow thing is awesome! The Deputy and I cannot wait until the kids are older and want to do a haunted yard. Aw man, I am jealous! All I got to do last night was watch my kids go on a sugar high.

btw, credit card companies are evil bastards.

At November 01, 2005 10:27 PM, Blogger suleyman said...

Lub dat pic o' Death. He was on my desktop until my sister got a little creeped by it(now it's Haibane Renmei, which she seems to enjoy).

Dental insurance. I have none. I do have impacted molars.

As far as credit card companies, banks, insurance, and all other industries that involve organized theft: "every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats."


At November 01, 2005 11:44 PM, Blogger HM said...

Don't you just LOVE those credit card companies? I did that just recently actually; had a bill due the next day and went the whole round trying to get it paid any way possible. I think they try to make you as angry as they can, and then talk to you on the phone in their calm, mocking voice and secretly laugh at you when you finally explode... but that's just my theory.

On a lighter note, I would've loved to see that yard. It looks good and scary. I didn't really get to do anything halloweeny this year.

At November 01, 2005 11:51 PM, Blogger M said...

Corporate America is a bunch of blood-sucking capitalists. Capitalists. That is my newest insult. I like the way it sounds when you kind of spit it at someone.
When my brother was about five, he was angry at my mom. "Mom," he said, "you're such a... a... REPUBLICAN." My dad still almost busts a gut every time he tells that story.
Nice pics, by the bye.

At November 02, 2005 12:08 AM, Anonymous atpanda said...

That looks like it could be Jack Skellington w/ a pumpkin head. I had the Halloween song from that movie stuck in my head all day yesterday.

I always find that if I'm fighting with my man about something stupid, there's something else going on... You doing ok otherwise?

At November 02, 2005 8:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a Jack Skellington video game coming out. I'll probably get Star Wars Battle Front II instead. :-) -Hu

At November 02, 2005 10:09 AM, Blogger cmhl said...

that is insane, to pay for the privilege of paying over the phone.


At November 02, 2005 12:25 PM, Blogger Jen said...

Like always, your photos rock. Can't wait to see some shots with your new filters.

Don't even get me started on the credit card companies. In my opinion, they just want to scam the shit out of you. I hate them. I have this mysterious finance charge showing up on mine now, and it's interest free for a year. SO what's the charger for??? They lie.

At November 02, 2005 12:42 PM, Blogger mg said...

Yeah, that dental insurance is a horrific relationship strain...


LOVE the Halloweenie pics!!


At November 02, 2005 2:11 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Next year, I should fly out there to see your folk's Hallowe'en stuff! Looks fantastic!!

At November 02, 2005 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw, wedging the aromatic Granny into a hot car and driving her around, that's Love in Action, man!

Love your photos (the clown freaks me out and I AM scared of clowns [except the incomparable un-made-up Mr. Bean])

I'll have to check and see if Claire has her Parade of Lost Souls (Vancouver Canada) photos up so you can have a look; you'd probably really like 'em. Your "misty skull and the kid" is reminiscent of her spooky style.

Have fun with the new camera gizmos!

At November 02, 2005 5:38 PM, Blogger ScottyFerguson said...

is your brother looking for a california boyfriend on the side!
Nice Halloween stuff!

At November 03, 2005 9:23 AM, Blogger Sangroncito said...

Credit card companies are the devil's playground.
We celebrated the Day of the Dead here in Brazil yesterday...any excuse to party.....

At November 04, 2005 3:48 PM, Blogger H-Train said...

those are wicked hallowe'en decorations. it's good that people still get into the fun holidays

At November 04, 2005 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

very scary! seriously!
i'm excited for you to be in the nanowrimo, and i'll look forward to reading along. i would do the same but i'd probably be lucky to grind out five short stories.


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