Today was Saturday – 8/27/2011. Songs that most closely matches my mood = “If you can’t live with me, then why aren’t you dead yet” – Mayday Parade; and “Love on a Real Train” – Tangerine Dream. “Love on a Real Train” isn’t a song, per se, it’s a piece of music from the movie “Risky Business” that plays while Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay are fooling around on a subway train. I’m in a general good mood, with this passionate under current. A link to a clip from “Risky Business” will be my picture of the day that shows my mood – look for that at commonterry.tumblr.com. 🙂
“Baby, I sorely miss the vibrant gleam that’s in your eyes….”
The fact that I’m in a good mood is a miracle considering how the day started. I did end up losing track of time somewhat last night while playing ME2, and didn’t end up going to bed until 7:59a. I got up at 4:15p to start my day and go pick up my zipcar. However, things started to take a sour note soon after.
I checked my mail and got an invoice from the storage people, and upon reading it got all confused. Here is what I had to deal with on this freaking insane invoice, but first some background.
The last invoice I got at the end of July said I owed $118. I was late a month at that time because I go out of town often to visit family, and I just can’t get up there to pay my bill. Saturdays is the only day I can do this as they are closed on Sundays, which is fine – I respect businesses like this and Chick Fil A that stand by their beliefs and do what they feel is right. It makes things inconvenient for me, but I respect it. I really wish their online system would let me pay my bill there. They keep saying they’re “working on it”. Blah.
I know I’m going to be busy next weekend, with Elisha being here and Dragon Con happening, which is why I tried to take care of September’s payment today. Anyway, on this invoice I got today there is a credit for $140 that was brought forward. This is confusing because the invoice I got for August says, as I said, I owed $118, which I paid on the 8th of this month. There should be no balance, or credit, to be brought forward at all. Anyway – rent for July to August took $59 out of this credit for a resulting credit balance of $81. Then a late fee of $20 (which is understandable) took the credit down to $61. Then another late fee of $75 turned the credit into a resulting balance owed of $14. That’s a late fee that’s larger than what my monthly rent for the storage unit is! Anyway, rent for August to September, $59, results in a balance owed of $73. Then it seems that $75 late fee was removed, and now I’m in credit again in the amount of $2. Then my payment of $118 on 8/8/2011 is reflected and now I have a credit of $120. Then rent for September through October, $59, leaves me with a credit of $61. So what am I supposed to do?! Assume they don’t want me to pay for September, or apparently October since I appear to have a remaining credit of $61 on my account?! The left hand doesn’t seem to know what the right hand is doing here.
So now I’m not only having to go up there to pay for September, and drop some extra stuff off, but I have to figure out what the F is up with my account. I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth with all these credits, but I also don’t want to steal from these people if this is some kind of clerical error. I have reserved a zipcar for 2 hours, which is costing me about $24. So I pack up the zipcar with my stuff, take along this invoice of madness, and head up there.
This place is advertised, both on their web site and on the door to place itself, to be open Monday through Saturday from 9a to 6p. I get there at about 5:20p and find the place locked up and no one in sight. When I went up there on the 8th, the same thing happened, but I waited around for a bit and the woman who runs the place showed up to help me. (She lives just around the corner, so I image she keeps an eye on the security cameras and comes up when someone pulls up.) Anyway, I waited around this time and no one showed. So now my ticked off is creeping ever so vigilantly into the pissed off zone. I decide “Fuck it – if they want to give me two months free, they can eat it since they don’t want to run the business on a GD Saturday either – assholes.” I can’t sit around forever because I need to take the zipcar back by 6:30p, so I head down to the gate to drive up to my unit and drop my stuff off there. However, my GD gate code isn’t working. I can’t get in there to drop off my stuff. There is a button on the pad you use to enter the code, to ask for help, so I press that button. No one responds to it, though, of course. I call their phone number, and naturally no one answers that either. So now I am beyond pissed. Not only have I wasted $24 on this zipcar, with absolutely zero productivity gained, I have also wasted two hours of my frakking life!
So I had to come back to the condo, unload the zipcar and bring the stuff back in here, and go drop it off. The only thing I got out of the whole excursion was I stopped by the Racetrac gas station and got a frozen Dr Pepper, because frozen Dr Peppers kick all the ass in the entire universe. The frozen drinks at Racetrac usually have the same awesome consistency that Slurpees do at 7 Elevens, rather than the weirdo consistencies you find with other frozen drinks like Icees. Anyway – I love frozen Dr Pepper, and having one made me feel a bit better.
So that was the craptastic start to my day, and I kind of felt like it was a bad omen. Was tonight’s episode of Doctor Who going to suck ass? Is this whole day going to be like the licking out of an asshole? Please, no! I did end up writing an email to the storage owner asshats to ask them to tell me what is up with my account, and get my gate code fixed. I’ll detail the results of that exchange in the future….
I also got an email from Elisha today, talking about some vlogs I posted on here a while ago, but since have taken down for personal reasons. I gave her the links to watch them, and she enjoyed them. I wrote an email to her just to touch base, and thank her for the comments. I can’t wait for her to be here….
Then I turned my attention to making some food to eat while I watched Doctor Who. I was in the mood for some Fish and Chips – Chips being what they call fries in the UK. And not the skinny shoestring fries that are prevalent here in America, but thick cut “Steak” fries. So I deep fried some beer battered fish, deep fried some fries, and even heated up some left over wings as well.
I have created my own wing sauce, and was craving some of it. Most Buffalo style wing sauce is made with either melted butter or margarine as a base, because when that stuff cools it congeals. This makes the hot sauce thick so it will stick to the wings. I wanted to come up with a sauce that would be somewhat thick, but not have such a fatty base that you get with butter or margarine. So I used tomato paste as the base. Then I poured a lot of Frank’s hot sauce over that. I added some white vinegar to give it some zest. Then some splashes of Worcestershire sauce. Then I put a tad of garlic salt in, and felt it was done then. It tastes awesome! I love cooking, and making up shit on the spot. Yes, my shit tastes good, bitches. LOL.
Then Doctor Who came on, and WOW…just wow, man it was FANTASTIC! BRILLIANT! This series has been one of the best, if not the best, that it has ever aired. It was so good that I just didn’t want it to end.
Whenever I watch something I end up loving, whether it’s a movie or a TV show or whatever, I’m often sad at the end of it. It doesn’t need to be a sad or depressing movie – it just has to be something I ended up loving, and it makes me sad when it ends. I use to wonder why I do this. I’ve wondered things like – Am I just too emotional? Am I a freak? Why does this always happen?
I think it has to do with the love part. No one likes to be separated from that which they love. So when a lovely movie or show is over, I will often be sad. I don’t want it to be over. Even though I know I can watch it again, it’s still going to end again. But I watch it again anyway. 🙂 It’s not a depressing kind of sad – it’s a longing kind of sad. Elisha once told me that she doesn’t watch the ending episodes of shows she loves on Netflix because of stuff like this, but I just love the journey too much to not let it end when it has to end. Despite the fact that it makes me sad.
I think I just feel things too hard. Every little thing resonates on intense frequencies. It’s often annoying, and I wish I could be like most dudes and just not care – or at least care less. It makes life more complicated than it already is. It has its benefits, though. I think I understand people, their motivations, and just emotion in general better than a lot of other people do. If I could change this aspect of me, I’m not sure that I would want to. Any change I’m sure would end up feeling numb to me, and I don’t think I want to go through life feeling numb.
Anyway – after Doctor Who was over, my friend Todd texted me and we texted for a bit. Then he logged into Gmail and we chatted there. We are both in a Fantasy Football League of which I am the Commissioner, and he offered to help me work on our rosters on our website and get them ready for our offseason free agency period. It was so awesome for him to offer, because this kind of administration could take hours for someone to do alone. So we did a video chat, which is Gmail’s version of Skype, and talked to each other while we worked on the rosters. We told jokes, laughed, and got A LOT accomplished. It still took hours, but we were entertaining each other, as well as working, which made the experience far more awesome than it ever could have been otherwise. It was a great way to wind down the night. Many, many thanks to Todd for kicking ass, being one of my best friends, and indeed one of the most awesome human beings I know. Thank you!
My friend Paul also logged into Gmail and chatted with me about how awesome Doctor Who was this week. Man it’s such an awesome show!
So that was my day. Despite the shitty beginnings, it turned out awesome and I’m feeling content and happy. Tomorrow I may go get my hair cut, but if I don’t wake up in time to go do that then I won’t. I at least want to go to 6p church service at Buckhead Church (buckheadchurch.org). After that I will clean up the condo a bit as Sundays is the day I usually do that. “True Blood” comes on at 9, and I’m looking forward to that. “Big Brother” also comes on, but I will wait until later in the night and watch my DVR of it. So that’s what is on tap for tomorrow as far as I know. I’m flexible, though, so if things change then they change. I may decide to go to the movies – who knows.
Don’t forget to check out my tumblr page for the Risky Business video, and the music “Love on a Real Train”, if you want to get a handle on my vibe tonight.