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October 2007

How Do You Complain About Your Mailman?

If I get a magazine (which I do at least three times a week), it ALWAYS arrives with a soggy/sweaty patch on the back from the mail carrier. It's kind of gross. How do you complain to their bosses in an anonymous fashion? I'm normally assertive about these things, but the guy knows where I live. He delivers our mail, our bills, our paychecks, our online purchases.

It's a challenge. Any ideas?

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Tapioca Pudding

Okay, it's been almost two weeks since I last posted, apologies. I appreciate everyone coming by to check and see if "Julia finally freakin' wrote something new yet!!" Well, here I am. You can read about what I was doing last week in more detail here. The nutshell is I was at my sister's helping her out while she had her first chemo session. My nephew was also in the throws of Homecoming and we went to all his events.

The week before that I was working on posts at Metroblogging Los Angeles. We had a series going about the 25 Most Famous Dead Angelenos. I chose to write about #11: Julia Child and then #5: Harpo Marx. It was a great series and fun to write about such great characters.

This week Kurt and I are already busy trying to get prepared for some re-plumbing of our house. Copper pipes hooray! (I hope our water bill doesn't skyrocket...) And we are getting a tankless water heater to replace our old standard one. That will be interesting. You'll see all about that next week with many photos.

But about the title. Things have been hectic and stressful and scary, but are better now. Recently, thanks to Jacquie, I discovered Trader Joe's Tapioca pudding. Bad news, really. I never remember how much I LOVE tapioca pudding until I have it, but I never remember to buy it. But now, oh boy. I was afraid I'd eat pints of it in one sitting. But as I'm focused on eating healthfully, I haven't bought the pint sized tubs. But then, TJs to the rescue! They make individual servings of sugar free tapioca and it is just about as good. Thanks TJs! (And I would have posted a photo of tapioca pudding, but it really doesn't photograph well.)

So forgive my long absence, and thanks for sticking around. There will be more from here on in! (or is it out?)

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This American Life

If you've never listened to an episode of the radio show This American Life, I highly recommend you do so. You are missing out on some amazing stories/entertainment/drama/information. I mostly listen to public radio (KPCC and KCRW are number one and two on all my radio dials) and I subscribe to many of the podcasts of the shows on these stations. Podcasting is a dream come true for me because I always wanted a machine that could record stuff off the radio, much like you can record stuff to your tivo (nee VCR). Now I can! I can hear all of Le Show and catch the latest episodes of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! which is LAUGH OUT LOUD funny. I usually listen on my morning constitutionals and wonder what people think when they pass me and I'm really laughing.

I've been behind on This American Life because I've been A) out of town and B) not exercising enough. And I realize how much I miss it. Act I of the episode #339 Break Up really caught my imagination. The episode is 29 minutes long and worth every second. There is love, romance, Phil Colllins, heartbreak, sad songs, Phil Collins and a little bit of healing. Please listen to it and tell me what you thought of it.

Ira Glass and his team do remarkable work. Oh and they won a
Peabody Award for their episode Habeas Schmabeas about prisoners being held in Guatanamo.

I have not seen the TV version of the show, but it's in our Netflix Q.

Radio is awesome.

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Kiva Repayment

I got an email from Kiva today telling me that one of the borrowers I had loaned some money to has fully repayed her $325 loan. Blanca Cortez was the second business I helped fund on Kiva back in April. Now the money has been returned to me and I am free to re-loan it to someone else or keep it. I'm going to go and find another small business to help. You should too.

My loans are not large, $25 each, but that $25 goes far. Check out Kiva!

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Katching Up On Our Kitchen -- The Douchebag Episode

So, you may recall the first episode of our new reality series: Kitchen Klusterfucks with your hosts, Kurt and Kulia, way back in August. We'll, we've both been out of town and working so much we haven't had much time to get the new countertops organized. We've done some cursory research and realize that we want laminate counter tops since this is not going to be a complete kitchen redo and we can't spend a fortune.

Today we went to Expo Home Design to see what they had. I have heard bad things about their installation services and crews but I figured, let's just go see what they have and price stuff out. No biggie. But we are ready to start making some decisions so we might have used them if the price and service were right.

We didn't even get that far.

We walked into the Kitchen Countertop show room and there are only salespeople in there and they all look up "Hello! How can we help you?" The older "gentleman" stepped forward, smiling. I said "Hi, do you have laminate?" and he said, partially laughing, "No, this isn't Formica-land." I stopped short and said, "Okay, I guess we came to the wrong store then." and started to turn around. He tried to follow up with "We have blah blah and blah blah and blah blah countertops, why do you want laminate?" I did look back at him and said something like "We were just looking for affordable countertops and what you said was pretty rude." And we left.

I apologized to Kurt because I just motored right out but holy crap!!!

"This is not Formica-land"?!?!?! What a douchebag.

I got the manager's number and called from the car to say how frickin' rude that guy had been. I didn't get his name, big mistake, but I was so put out I couldn't stay in the same room to find it out. I hope the woman I spoke to did actually speak to him to let him know that we wouldn't even be coming back.

It's back to IKEA tomorrow to look at their new fall line.