June 23rd, 2020

A win and a fail

I wore my new shoes to walk today and they performed flawlessly. I think they are a hair big but the next size down (which they didn't have) would have been too small. So no biggie. Happy feet, happy me!

But, I gave up on the computer. Back in the box and back to Amazon. That screen was just too horrible. I have another picked out but I want to wait until I can find a reconditioned one and/or used cheap. This pixelbook is small but it sure is crisp and bright.

Years ago. Actually, I just looked it up and it was 2010. I went to www.osoq.com and bought myself a caricature. I sent them a photo and picked out the body I wanted an they sent me back a cartoon of me. It was just like at the beach except, I didn't have to stand there in the sun with people walking by starring and then pretend I liked it better than I did and, osoq let's you tweak the results! Anyway, after about 5 years, I went back and had them round out my face a bit and lighten up the hair color to more closely resemble me. I've tested the resemble me bit, and it does, for sure.

A few years ago, I went to www.fiverr.com and paid an artist to change my outfit from the lime green hoodie and skirt to a navy and teal Mariners outfit. And yesterday, I went back there to add the mask. The mask guy did such a good and fast job that I went right back and rehired him to do a version that shows my face but with the mask hanging off one ear. Stay tuned for that reveal.

My insurance company is Humana. I've never been in love with them. They are a huge monolith behind a telephone tree designed so carefully that one call will insure you never try again. Their mail in pharmacy is almost worse. Their online presence has a UI carefully crafted so that getting the information you want is incredibly painful. But, it sure is pretty. UGH.

But, their charges are taken from my medicare so my cost is $0 out of pocket to have the stuff. They had a great program this year that got my my incredibly expensive inhaler for free or 6 months. They give me $75 every quarter to shop at their limited but sufficient Over The Counter 'store'. And... today they sent me two VERY nice face masks out of the blue. They are both attractive and comfortable. So, thanks, Humana!

I swapped texts with the house cleaner. She's coming tomorrow for sure. I'm totally ok with it. Risk/Reward.

The encampment here near downtown Seattle is showing signs of wear. There have been now several shootings. One person shot to death. Both the mayor and the police chief are also showing signs of wear with the situation and with each other and with the city council. I don't know whether wiser leadership could have prevented it or made it better/safer/more productive. Or if it was just doomed from the start. The whole thing could just wind down and go away or could just blow the fuck up.

I'll be going out tomorrow but nowhere near there. The QFC that I have been using for pickup is right on the corner of the encampment. I'm not sure I'll be going back there for a while.

Today I have a bunch of little house chores to do. A punchlist if you will. I need to get something out of the freezer for dinner. Oh, btw, that TJ's chess pie freezes beautifully. I cut it into pieces first but turns out, it would have been better to have frozen, then cut. Next time I will know.

Now I think I'll go get dressed and get started on my list.

Another day, another laptop

I found out which Chromebook I need - it's a Lenovo C630 - but they don't make it/sell it anymore. And used/refurbs are not plentiful. But I found one on Blinq. I've heard about Blinq before - good things - but never used them. They tout an easy return situation which I hope I won't have to use but make sure there is one before hitting 'buy'.

So... we'll see. Maybe even next week!

And as long as I'm dishing out cash, I loaded up the car for Goodwill tomorrow. I had to drive it out of the garage, load up and drive it back and during those shenanigans, I noticed the flashing wrench. Flashing wrench is Smart Car lingo for It's time for your annual blood letting at Mercedes. It's actually past time. I think I went in March last year. But, whatever. It's not like I have places to go or people to see. So Tuesday. 8.

I did send back all the rest of the Zappos shoes today. UPS delivered one more pair today but I knew I wasn't going to keep them. I unboxed and tried them on and printed out the return label and reboxed and made it down to the street in time to hand it right back to the UPS guy. That really is a personal best for me in Returns R Us.

Today the Governor decreed that face masks will be mandatory starting Friday. Good on him.

Baseball is going to start up again with 'spring' training on July 1. And games planned for the end of July. I'm looking for the betting pool. How many positive COVID tests will it take to shut them down again? And How many days until that happens. My money says they will be done by July 15. Sigh. I, for sure, am not calling the cable company and telling them to add the baseball channel back just yet.