Monday, August 30, 2004
Sunday, August 29, 2004
Friday, August 27, 2004
R sent me this link http://www.conspiracyplanet.com/channel.cfm?ChannelID=96. I bet W doesn't even know what a dictatorship really is.
And this is pretty amusing as well.
Posted by Greg on Friday, August 27, 2004
Thursday, August 26, 2004
This whole webpage appears to be turning into one long gripe about my missing papers. Well.... I like it that way.
It was missing again today. I called up the post again and talked to the girl there for a while. At first she was just going through the standard speech about how they "apologize for that, sir" and "will add another day to your subscription and make sure this doesn't happen again." Shortly after I started explaining how long this had been going on and had her look at the records of all my calls, she started to take a little more interest. I ended up getting the number for my distributor's manager. I think I'll call tonight.
I was thinking about this problem in depth earlier this afternoon while I was waiting for one of five bosses to get off the phone. The reasons for my missing paper must either be: A) Someone is stealing it or B) Someone is not delivering it.
I highly doubt that the thief is still stealing the paper, unless he's crazy. The fact that he's been caught would probably discourage him from such actions.
I also doubt that the delivery guy isn't delivering it, unless he's crazy too. When I caught up with him in the hall after he failed to deliver my paper on Saturday, he distinctly said "oh, you're back now? I thought [skipping your apartment] was wrong."
So there are a few options that I can think of for why the paper isn't showing up.
1) There's a separate delivery guy Monday through Wednesday (at least). This is entirely possible, since I've only seen the delivery guy twice and both times it was on a Saturday.
2) There's a new thief. I kind of like this option. A new contender for interrogation would be quite nice.
3) Either the delivery guy or the thief (the old one) is crazy. Their dementia might lead them to believe that I was a figment of their imagination when they were confronted.
4) Both the delivery guy and the thief are completely insane and are constantly wrestling in the hallway about who gets to keep my paper (this would explain the wrestle marks all over the walls and rugburns on their knees and elbows).
5) I'm completely insane and have never actually had a subscription to the Washington Post. This one is a bit of a stretch given the video evidence, although you can't really see the paper in the video... It would also mean that R would have to be insane as well... Or another figment of the imagination... # 5 is out.
6) The old thief and the delivery guy are in cahoots. They've been doing this for years and years (ever since old thief started living in the building in 1977). They have a deal worked out where the old guy will steal the paper to get it, but that if he gets caught, the delivery guy will just knock on his door and give him the paper that he used to be stealing. "What's in it for the delivery guy," you ask. Well, the delivery guy is actually the old guy's estranged son or maybe his doppelganger. Though, it would be kind of weird for the doppelganger to have a job. I don't think that the old thief has a job. So maybe the old thief is the delivery guy's doppelganger. That would mean that a shadow stole my paper. Maybe I just wrote this as an excuse to use the word doppelganger. Your thoughts?
Posted by Greg on Thursday, August 26, 2004
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
The Saga Continues
The paper was missing again yesterday morning. We can't be sure that it was the thief since we didn't hear the delivery guy drop off the paper (and he has been kind of sporadic in dropping it off since we got back from Sweden) or see the thief take it. Here's a picture of the thief himself:
Odd, I know, that the thief had
his face erased poorly in photoshop.
I called up the Washington Post for the umpteenth time to complain and was told that my customer service representative would be filling out a "special report form."
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Finally took the time to add the pictures from Sweden to some webspace I had on flickr. You can check them out by visiting copying and pasting this http://www.flickr.com/photos/greg and then adding the first letter of my last name before pressing enter. I have to make some vain attempt at protecting my identity, right? Age of identity theft and all of that, right?
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Monday, August 23, 2004
Ok, I lied the other day about putting the video of the guy next door being confronted about stealing my paper on the web. The file was too big! Where am I going to find the space to host the thing? We shall see. It made my weekend to catch him, that's for sure. I got a suggestion from a friend that I should start doing stakeouts on dumb stuff that police don't have time for. In one sense, it would be a lot of fun. On the other hand, it could get my ass beat.
Posted by Greg on Monday, August 23, 2004
Saturday, August 21, 2004
I got it all on film. It turns out that it was the guy next door. After bounding up the stairs and throwing open the door to hear him drop the paper back on the floor I was able to confront him and get an odd confession and list of reasons why he might be stealing the paper.
Of course, now R and I are scared that he's going to be really angry with us and try to kill us... people will do crazy things when they're embarassed.
I'll see about posting that video on the site. But will upload the .mpgs for download later this morning.
Posted by Greg on Saturday, August 21, 2004
It's 7:18 on a saturday morning and I'm already up. R and I are on a stakeout this morning to find the person who keeps stealing our newspaper... specifically the yellow section wrapped in plastic that contains the Sunday comics (how the Sunday comics can appear on Saturdays I'll never understand). I'll be using my handy dandy camera's video function to catch whoever it is red handed.
It's pretty early, my breath stinks, and the paper hasn't even been delivered yet.
Once the bait arrives and the trap is set, I'll be sitting by the door listening intently and looking through the peephole. This will probably cause me some neck pain, but it's worth it.
R is convinced that it's this woman at the end of the hall who is sending her kids to do her dirty work. I think this is a pretty good assumption. Adults probably have a lot more trouble with stealing a newspaper because they think about the consequences of the actions... some of them... not W. Children, on the other hand, really like comics and couldn't comprehend what their actions will lead to if they tried. I'm a licensed psychologist, so that whole analysis is totally valid... The other advantage of using kids is, of course, that they might not be tall enough to see through the peephole.
Posted by Greg on Saturday, August 21, 2004
Friday, August 20, 2004
Thursday, August 19, 2004
These excellent bands will all be playing in DC (and probably elsewhere in the states really soon.
Scissor Sisters - Tue. Sep 7th (what a lame website... all I had time to Google, though)
Snow Patrol - Fri. Sep 10th
Supergrass - Wed. Sep 29th
The Libertines - Tue. Oct 19th
The weekday shows are rough, but I already have tickets for the Snow Patrol show on Friday night.
Posted by Greg on Thursday, August 19, 2004
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
This link from the O'Franken Factor Blog points the way to George Bush's easy form letter to the editor creator that enables one to write letters to the editors of tons of major newspapers around the country very easily... Perhaps I'll write a few myself.
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, August 18, 2004
A relatively new show on the bbc that they've been showing inflight on United airlines is Click Online, which has a whole team of researchers to find interesting stuff on the web instead of just little old me. Tell me if you find anything interesting.
I did see this toolbar that's also useful in finding odd and interesting webpages.
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
We're back... finally. I'm totally unexcited about going back to work tomorrow. I also just found out that Rick James died while I was gone. I can't believe it didn't make the news in Lapland. Ridiculous. I'm too sleepy and retarded to write much... but more will be forthcoming.
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Sunday, August 08, 2004
I'm in Sweden! Not a lot of time for the internet and can only gain access after asking around at reception. Even then I'm locked in a little room and have to sit really close to the wall because I only brought a small internet cable for my laptop. S'fun, though. Hopefully, if I got it to work, there'll be a picture from Sweden of some trees and rocks and stuff off of the Baltic coast in the very Nordlund just after this colon:
Posted by Greg on Sunday, August 08, 2004