Monday, November 17, 2014

so i've been in japan a little while now

Tarrah was hired by the JET programme.  their goal is to help Japanese people speak better english to help with their world domination.

anyhow i've been here about 2 months, have a vocabulary of maybe 40 words and can say good morning, good afternoon, good evening, excuse me, some words related to school, and the names of some animals. i haven't learned any good swear words which isn't that the first thing everyone learns?

I'm in the sticks of japan, the northern island of Hokkaido, and not on the fun side (sapporo), i'm on the fishing port side with a pretty small population. English isn't spoken here much but sometimes i run into people that can speak a little.

getting here was an absolute nightmare. i had piper, 3 large suitcases, 2 carry ons, and 2 personal bags. i was told there would be carts around for luggage but they were made for much less luggage. at the tokyo airport someone from the airline was very helpful and got us around and through immigration and customs.

getting here took probably 30 hours all said and done. it wouldn't have been so bad if THE BRAND NEW STILL IN BETA TEST DREAMLINER AIRPLANE DIDN'T FAIL TESTS.  they had to bring in a second one from brazil and i was stuck at pearson international for EIGHT FUCKING HOURS with a very bored piper. the only upside is i got 2 free meal vouchers for waiting. and the food i chose was pretty bleh.... i should have just bought beer with the vouchers, but that wouldn't help keeping piper busy, probably make me fall asleep... oh yeah. sleep wasn't an option since they sell monster energy drinks in vending machines. i went that route...

so anyhow, first flight: small one from cleveland to toronto, after an 8.5 hour delay: toronto to tokyo. missed the third flight to kushiro, so rather than put us in a local hotel, they put us on a 1-hour bus trip to near the other tokyo airport for a hotel. it was like 2am when i got to the hotel and needed to be up at 7am for a shuttle BACK to the original airport. then had to hop another flight to kushiro and finally get to the new apartment. surprisingly piper seemed perfectly okay with takeoffs and landings

FINALLY GOT TO SEE TARRAH! i was ready to go postal on anyone and anything so it wasnt the best greeting. i didn't really get any sleep the whole time. i rested my eyes hoping for sleep but it never really happened. anyhow i was so glad to see her, it had been awhile!!! MHWAHZ!

the apartment is pretty nice we have plenty of space and honestly have a room with nothing going on in it. its supposed to be pipers but she wants her bed in our room and plays in the computer room when she gets her toys out. i think its going to end up a storage room..... or DJ room lol. the local resale shop has a technics 1200 for what works out to about $180 and a cheap stanton mixer for $40. too bad i have no records here.... oh well, just a pipe dream anyhow, my 1200s are stored away in the US.  hopefully safely?

here's some pictures, hopefully i'll get back into the swing of things posting here. it's been awhile. kinda depressing since the last entry was about booger :(

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

R.I.P. booger - 1995ish-2013

it really sucked but she had so many problems and lost over half her body weight. i kept hoping for her to get better but she'd have her good days, then a run of bad days. there were so many things wrong that i had to put her to sleep. i tried doing it a few days ago but had such vivid horrible nightmares. and i never have nightmares. and she seemed to be doing a little better but then it went for the worst. i wanted to keep her around because i love her and she's really my first baby. yes its awful but i mix up pipers and boogers name sometimes. but a friend that was over this weekend that hadn't seen her in years pointing out how bad and painful things looked for her really convinced me it was her time.

she went quick it was one of the most horrible things i've been through but i had to be there for her, since she hates vets and goes bonkers there. tarrah was the best moral support during and after.

i figured i'd post this because so many people were friends and roommates that knew her, people that were around when she was born, and just generally knew her.

i really am glad that i got time to be with her before. she pretty much slept in front of the heater so i slept with her last night.

i wish i had more time, but she really looked bad today, she barely moved and could hardly breathe, and i would be a shithead to stall again because i wanted more time with her.
fuck. i am going to have a breakdown....

Thursday, November 14, 2013

happy anniversary to us!

here's tarrah playing mortal kombat at the RCN cave this past weekend for our 2 year anniversary!! we googled the finishing moves but still couldn't figure them out... we went about 50/50 with the wins, but she kept complaining when I'd luck into a combo or weapon by button mashing...

Saturday, August 3, 2013

dish networks piss poor customer service

dish network is pulling the old AOL scam. the "we refuse to cancel your service no matter what" routine. i'll bet there are still people that are paying for AOL accounts that they gave up trying to cancel in the 90s. it's hard, really hard to get AOL to cancel an account.  i once had someone pay me to do it because they couldn't.  you have to just keep saying it over and over until they finally do and then verify on another call with a different agent that it's done.

but back to dish TV.... i couldn't find anywhere on their billing site to cancel, so i hit them up on chat and they said i had to call, i called and they said it was cancelled and a box would be sent to me to return the receiver.

i later got an email saying my email address on my account was changed, so i logged in and checked out the account, i said i had a negative balance and figured it was a fluke about the email being changed, and set my email address to what it should be. i chatted with a representative and double checked it was cancelled they said it was.

a few weeks later i asked where the box was for returning the receiver and the guy said it can take up to 30 days, sometimes longer.

tonight i get an email saying i have a $2.48 balance. i checked and have the service on "pause" and they charge $5 a month for not using their service.

so here's what happened.  the first person refused to cancel online, the 2nd said it was cancelled. really she "paused" my account and changed my email address. a few days later the 3rd person confirmed it was cancelled. a few weeks later a 4th said it was cancelled and my return box was on its way. tonight a 5th person said it was "paused" but wouldn't cancel it for me and passed me to a 6th person who claims it is cancelled and i again will see a box for returning the receiver.

all the while they are trying to sell me varations on their service.

this shitty service is all about call metrics... the agents can't have too many customers disconnecting service, because they have goals to meet and if too many people cancel on them specifically they are punished overy it because they clearly aren't trying hard enough to retain the customer. they have to upsell and pitch things--NO MATTER WHAT--during a call.  so i'm trying to cancel service and basically their call agents are lying and doing scummy stuff to keep their jobs, all while asking if i'd like to add HBO or switch up to a different receiver.  they are judged on a list of things they need to do on every call.  this ranges from upselling service to saying "hello thank you for calling scumbag networks" and "thanking them for their business" etc. so they do it.  no matter how inappropriate or ridiculous it is.

the really funny part about all of this is they put dish network advertisements over top of other commercials slagging direct TV and say how bad their competitor is and how they raise their rates.  but really dish raised their prices $5 a few months ago. so all their commercials are big fat lies.

this time i logged in after the chat to see what the account looks like and it says its closed but still has the fee for "pause" that i never ordered.

i really hope i dont have to deal more with their support more over the $5 pause fee (and $.20 tax) because i'm at the point where i'll keep calling them until its taken care of and not just pay the penny like i did with AT&T over their final bill rounding)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

happy man on the moon day!

i found this poster in my junior high school in the planetarium.  no one even knew our school had a planetarium including some teachers. i ended up in there doing a project for class, a group of us put on a presentation there and cleaned out the room. they said anything can be thrown out that wasn't part of the actual planetarium. i took this awesome poster and had a really nice leather satchel thing that eventually got lost which is a shame, all i needed was a fedora and a bullwhip and i would have felt like indiana jones!

its so weird

tarrah has been in china for a few weeks now teaching english at a small college over there. exactly a 12 hour difference so her mornings are our nights.  sometimes we can catch each other on skype and the great firewall of china is as annoying as they make it out to be.

i can't wait until she gets back! piper has been okay with it, i'm not sure she understands she's gone but can skype with her. she knows the ringing noise it makes means she might magically appear on the ipad. its cute. today she was kissing the ipad screen when she was saying goodbye.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

eBay or PayPal can go screw themselves

I got a spam today at an email that is only used for eBay and PayPal. I got a personalized spam selling designer handbags that included my name as registered on those accounts. so most likely one of those 2 shitbag companies sold them my name and email, probably my phone number and address too. well ebay owns PayPal so same company I guess.