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Friday, August 24th, 2007

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Ellen Whinestein
I keep my life as nonstressful as possible. mamagotcha deals with more in an hour than I do in a month. So the little things make me nuts.

Eye appointment was Monday. No prescription change for the second year in a row, so my glasses stay the same (which means I should get that scratch polished, but what if it makes it worse? I'm kind of used to it). I apparently do not have the amoeba infection caused by my recalled lens fluid, but was told not to wear the lenses. They're 2 years old anyway, and we ordered replacements. I have dry eye (getting old sucks) and plugged-up ducts, and got drops and warm compress instructions. I won't go into a long tale about how my contacts will probably be delayed by the optometry center's lack of understanding of my insurance, and how their managed care person has not answered my phone message or e-mail. I feel disfigured walking around in glasses, so am staying in as much as possible.

Then today Global Copy (2580 Broadway) did a horrible job scanning a photo I may or may not link to, and they have not responded to my complaining e-mail and I don't know whether to complain tomorrow in person or just forget it. In their defense, they did a good job on the Beverly Sills/Mommy summer camp shot a few weeks ago.

The script to convert NYT puzzles to Across Lite doesn't work on my laptop, so I can't work at home. toonhead_npl did his all at con troubleshooting this and concluded I need to update from Panther to Tiger OS. I finally ordered the upgrade from Apple. Within an hour, I realized maybe the Times could take care of this (after all, it's for their work), did some e-mailing, and A said they'd handle it. I went back to my Apple order, only to find they were so efficient it was already being prepared for shipping and couldn't be canceled. I called to make sure, and yes, I'd have to wait until I received it and then return it. The package came, and I had to take it to a FedEx dropoff with a special return label. I did this today, at Global Copy, in fact. Now let's hope it arrives back safely, and the refund goes through. And that A (who left for vacation before he could load my update) can indeed do this when he returns, and it doesn't mess up anything.

My wash was still totally wet after 30 minutes in the dryer.

There's more in this vein, but I don't want to think about it.

In good news, we did 2 weeks of NYT puzzles (again!) this week, putting us ahead to September 23. In annoying news, the keyboard tray is still there, serving no function other than to bump my knees.

I read "My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands" by Chelsea Handler. These tales of alcohol and drug-fueled hookups were from another planet, and I'd be judgmental if they weren't so funny. I offered it on BookMooch.com, where it got snapped up within minutes. "The Narrows" by Michael Connelly was a page-turner so interesting that I willed myself to continue reading even while dilation drops were taking effect in the optometry waiting room (the intern who came out to get me was surprised I could still see).
Bad: I forgot to mention that construction noise (CLANK! BONK!) has started again bright and early, before 8 a.m. It sounds like it's the site on this side of the street, not the one across the way where work was halted due to the wall collapse, but I didn't go out and check.

Pending: Still no word from the optometry college. Maybe they've sent a bill, which will either be correct or I'll have to dispute. I don't mind paying, I just want the insurance to be properly taken into account.

Looking up: All during Lynn Samuels' show just now, I was thinking of how I HAD to deal with the badly scanned photo today or it would be too late. I stressed out over what I'd say: start out friendly, then note that the picture with little white specks on it is unacceptable and these are not on the original photo and could we try the version before we lightened it and if that doesn't work how about a higher resolution, and I won't pay a cent more and if you don't comply I'm never coming back here and will tell the world never to darken your doorstep.... My financial records say I've only spent $14.44 there ever so I don't have much lost business to threaten them with (I remember doing some large orders a while ago copying at-home materials, but it's not on Quicken, probably because I knew I would be reimbursed).

I realized rather than fight this battle that I'd be better off and saner finding someone with a scanner and trying it again myself. I have found such a person. I'm being vague since this is someone's work machine and it's a totally non-work-related use. Thanks! (And I won't be scanning any more items at Global, but I will use them if I need copies or FedEx dropoff.)

Good: Gristede's had a large supply of Minute Maid raspberry passion. I could only carry 2 but it's good knowing there should be more next time I go.

Also good: Book cataloging is up to date.
For the GSN-less
http://www.ken-jennings.com/messageboards/viewtopic.php?t=2784&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0 is an ongoing directory of "Grand Slam" episodes posted to YouTube. Worth watching!

I just noticed http://www.gsn.com/grandslam/video.php. Check out the one about Pat Kiernan's secret room. Now that James Brown is gone, Pat has a shot at the title of "hardest working man in show business."

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