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Thoughts on West Wing premiere

Tonight was the season premiere of “The West Wing”. Overall, I feel it has gone downhill since Aaron Sorkin left as the main writer. But, things had to change… they couldn’t change the laws so President Bartlet could keep being president beyond his 8 year limit. But, their attempts to keep working the Donna Moss character into the story line is getting old. She left to go work for the VP and left her job as Josh’s assistant. Her candidate lost and now she tries to be Josh’s deputy… she’s still an opening-credit star, so, WTF are they going to do with her? Overall, the opener was a decent start to some short term and long term running stories.

I can say, unequivocally, I hated the opening. When I hit Play on the DVR, and I saw “Three Years Later” at the bottom of the screen, I rolled my eyes. They cut to an older President Barlet with a lot more grey hair walking through a library… his library, it turns out… All the gang is there… except for Mrs Barlet, wonder where she was… they were dedicating his library, and Josh comes in and says “The President is here.” They show a person getting out of the back of the limo and cut to the intro as the camera pans up his body. You can’t tell if it was an older white man’s hand (Alan Alda’s character, who btw, gets top billing in the opening credits), or a younger latino hand (Jimmy Smits, who gets billed as second to last as “With Jimmy Smits” followed up with “and Martin Sheen”). Oh, we’re almost at the face… cut to intro. Sigh. That’d be too easy.

But, one thing truely excited me. I scrolled through to ensure the new Comcast DVR was going to record next weeks show… and it is… And the two line intro displayed in the guide says Janeane Garofalo is joining to be a press consultant. I actually got giddy. I wish I was about 10 years older sometimes because then she’d be about my age, I would have watched “The Larry Sanders Show” and been able to enjoy her standup when she still did standup. I think about the only truly funny thing in “The Cable Guy” was her line “There was no silverware in medieval times, therefore there is no silverware at Medieval Times. *beat* Would you like more Pepsi?”

And now, it’s 12:47. I’m still up, and I’m not tired. Guess I’ll piddle around a little bit longer before going to the bedroom…

Wow, that’s sharp!

Yesterday we went to a store called Marshall’s, which is part of the TJ Maxx group. It’s basically the same store with a different name. I bought this Wusthof chef’s knife for $25 (it might not be the exact same knife, but it sure as hell looks just like it). Anyway, I was cutting up chicken breasts for my thai noodles and caught my finger. This was the aftermath. Ouch.

Four 5’s FTW!

Holly isn’t feeling well and is asleep. I grabbed my powerbook and flopped on the couch here, put on “The Mask” and loaded up Poker Room and started playing a free Sit and Go match. 10 minutes later, I had took my $100 of play money to $500. The hand that won it was pocket pair of 5’s right at the beginning…. I figured most of these people putting in all of their chips were playing with like 9 3 unsuited or something equally retarded. I was right. No one had a pair. 5 of us went all in before the flop. Guess what flops? 5, 5, x. I’m sitting there with four 5’s. I took them all out, no one was close.

Comcast repents

As a followup on the DVR saga, Comcast called three times today to come by and service my cable television. Guess the guy from yesterday “forgot” to cancel the second service call.

I called and lectured a supervisor about the idiotic string of failures. I spoke with a lady who was a million years old and has been smoking for 999,999 of those years. She didn’t care what I was saying, but “in the interests of customer satisfaction” issued a $50 credit for the problems. Friday I get to waste another hour of my life to go fetch the right remote.

I found a posting on the AVS forums that let me reprogram the totally useless “TV/VCR” button on the remote to the Swap tuners button. Hooray.

TiVo Gods send down punishment

I have been properly punished by the TiVo gods for my decision to defect to Comcast’s DVR.

Let’s see, where do we begin. Last week, I called Comcast and ordered a DVR and requested to move the digital box to the bedroom. They scheduled the service for between 1 and 5, with a 30 minute call ahead. Okay, cool. Weekend passes, and Monday morning, Holly and I weren’t feeling well. We decided to stay home until 11 before going to school/work. At 11am, it appeared that the Internet was down. Investigation revealed no television service either. I called Comcast on the way to take Holly to classes and reported a total outage. They said they would open a ticket to investigate, but it might be a line issue…. but wait, there’s more.

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