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Lost in the Renos March 22, 2006

Posted by Binford in Random Ramblings.
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It’s still pretty hectic here at work.  I just saw the floor plan for the renovations that will be happening in my area and it looks pretty good, although my office seems to be a little smaller.  One really good thing about it is that the server room is not moving, meaning there will be zero disruptions and zero time for me in the office on a weekend to move the darn thing.  The next step in the process is to get everyone to agree on the floor plan and then get an engineer in to see if the changes are even possible.  After that, they have to get all of the proper permits in place before construction can begin.  So we’re looking at another 4 to 6 weeks before the women in the office can ogle and drool at the construction guys. 

Remember when I said that 24 was the best show on TV?  Well I was wrong, Lost is equally as good if not better.  Carley and I are latecomers to this awesome show, which I guess has it’s advantages.  Instead of waiting a week for the next episode, you can rent the entire season and watch it all in one sitting.  We started to watch the first season on DVD a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been downloading and watching the first several episodes of season two.  I hope to be all caught up by tomorrow night as they are going to be airing a new episode.  Maybe it’s me but for some reason, I cannot look away from the TV screen when Kate is in a scene.  Damn the powers of the mysterious island.

Twelve Roll-up-the-Rim cups, twelve straight “Please play again”.  Stupid Tim Hortons.


Ridiculous Lawsuit Ever March 16, 2006

Posted by Binford in Other Stuff.
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Nothing gets me more worked up than the stupid lawsuits people file.  I’ve posted some really stupid ones in the past but I think this one takes the cake:

When a dump truck backed into Curtis Gokey’s car, he decided to sue the city for damages. Only thing is, he was the one driving the dump truck. But that minor detail didn’t stop Gokey, a Lodi city employee, from filing a $3,600 claim for the December accident, even after admitting the crash was his fault. After the city denied that claim because Gokey was, in essence, suing himself, he and his wife, Rhonda, decided to file a new claim under her name.

City Attorney Steve Schwabauer said this one also lacks merit because Rhonda Gokey can’t sue her own husband.

“You can sue your spouse for divorce, but you can’t sue your spouse for negligence,” Schwabauer said. “They’re a married couple under California law. They’re one entity. It’s damage to community property.”

But Rhonda Gokey insisted she has “the right to sue the city because a city’s vehicle damaged my private vehicle.”

In fact, her claim, currently pending at Lodi City Hall, is for an even larger amount _ $4,800.

“I’m not as nice as my husband is,” she said.


Work And Stuff March 8, 2006

Posted by Binford in Random Ramblings.
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Bloggin’ ain’t easy.  Especially when you are the only IT person in your office of 80 employees and tasked with some level of involvement in a major renovations project that’s about to happen in your part of the office which could include purchasing and implementing new computer equipment and configuring a brand new server room.  So that’s my excuse for the lack of updates.  I could blog while I’m at home but there are more important things to occupy my time with.  Here are a couple of random ramblings:

–  I have one word for Mr. Bernard Shapiro, the supposedly unbiased federeal ethics commissioner:  RESIGN.  It is quite clear that the only people who will ever be targeted under your watch are those not of the Liberal persuasion.  Do us all a favour and step aside for a more honourable person to take over. 

–  The big NHL trade deadline is tomorrow.  Anyone skipping work to watch all day coverage of it on the sports networks?

–  Canada won their first game of the World Baseball Classic last night.  They beat South Africa 11 to 8.  I get the feeling I’m the only one that knows about this tournament and actually care about it.  GO CANADA GO!

–  Are you like me?  Do you only go to Tim Hortons whenever it’s Roll-up-the-Rim time?  I’m spending a friggin’ fortune there.  And it’s not helping my waistline.

Gotta go.  Stupid work getting in the way of bloggin’.

Summer Fired! March 1, 2006

Posted by Binford in Entertainment.
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If there’s one thing you can expect from every new season of the Apprentice, other than Trump’s immoveable hair, is that nobody ever learns from the previous season’s gaffes.  Take for instance Summer, the restaurant owner who got fired last night for interrupting Trump just when he was about to fire Tarek, the supposed genius who led his team to a loss.  She also didn’t help her cause by refusing to answer Carolyn’s questions on what she actually contributed to the task three times.  I guess mentioning the lone phone call she made would have made things a lot worse for her.  Anyone know what the purpose of the phone call was?

Tarek proved two things last night:
1.  Being smarter than everyone else (except Trump of course) doesn’t necessarily make you a good leader.
2.  Stupid team names are not exclusive to people with low IQ scores.  Come on Tarek!  You can do better than Gold Rush Corporation.

Trump Zinger of the night:  “Tarek is totally overrated.”

Good to see a Canadian on the Apprentice.  Too bad it had to be Brent.  I’d give him another week or two.

It seems the one advantage Sean has over the rest of the candidates is his English accent.  I guess you can make anything sound appealing with that accent because it apparently worked on the female membership holders.

Lenny the Russian.  It seems to me he’s probably the only one who learned anything from previous Apprentice seasons by telling Summer to keep a lid on it in the boardroom.