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To the driver who shouted, "Ride the bike, you dumb bitch," at me from his car window,

I have problems with one of my hamstrings, and sometimes it hurts when I ride. Yes, I do stretches before I start riding, but it doesn't always do the trick. Getting off the bike and walking, on the other hand, helps a great deal. It stretches things out quite nicely. Once I'm feeling better, I get on my bike and ride some more.

I may be a bitch, but one thing I am not is a dumb bitch.

No love,
[ profile] nekosensei

P.S. Too bad you didn't say that to my face. Then, I would have had the pleasure of showing you what a real bitch is.


Oh...and guess what I heard on my way back home. Bag pipes. Seriously. Bagpipes.
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The crazies at Westboro Baptist Church are planning to picket Comic Con in San Diego because omg those gamer-geeks are idolizing comic book characters and they are totes going to drag this country to hell.

Damn...too bad I'm not going. I would *love* the opportunity to fuck with the fundies. (Link courtesy of [ profile] popfiend)
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* Feeling much better today after getting a full night's sleep.

* This morning, some doofus running a red-light damn near hit me. The person was turning left on red as I was headed straight. Imagine the fright I had when I saw a white SUV come barreling towards my driver's side window. Yeah...that was enough to get my blood pumping. Thankfully, he stopped in time, but it was so very very close.. Oh...and last night I almost got side-swiped by one of those people that like to weave in and out of lanes. The expressway was four lanes merging down into three. When the driver of this car-- which was also white-- saw that he couldn't pass a slow-moving truck on the right because the lane endend, he tried to pass him on the left. Problem was that I was in that lane. Idiot.

* Called my folks. Turns out I'm not baby-sitting my niece today because I got exposed to someone with a 104 degree fever yesterday. I called them up and let them make the decision. They said no, which was what I was expecting.

* I'm not doing any more driving today. No how. I'm still pretty shaken up from the close call I had this morning.

* Kids performing Scar-face -- Turns out that it's not a school play. The movie was made by a firm called Rockhard Films and the kids came from a casting agency. Can you imagine the outrage that would have come pouring out of the internets if this had been an honest to goodness school play? The principal and the teachers that thought this play was a good idea would have lost their jobs in a heart beat. (Blame [ profile] bottledgoose)

* Single Ladies Devestation -- Bwahahahahaha! (Blame [ profile] bottledgoose)

* Here...have some cuteness.
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* This had better been a joke. I read this article and was speechless...absolutely speechless. I have a better suggestion. How about we take all the tea baggers, neo-conservatives, and bigots and just deport them already.... (Link swiped from [ profile] genet ) [Just found out that it was a hoax. NOT FUNNY!]

* Just got a letter in the mail saying that we're going to get a letter from the Census Bureau. Well...okay then. I guess that's where my tax money is going, huh.

* Ooops. Never did post this last night before going to bed. Going to do it now.

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* Nice. I'm already in a bad mood this morning because people were being obnoxious in my dream last night. I was in the store, and my sister was being a little shit, just like she could sometimes be when we were kids. Then, the sales lady gave me attitude because my sister was being a shit, which I had no control over. So...I put the item I was going to buy down, took my money, and went elsewhere. I also left my sister there, telling her that, just for that, she could find her own way home. See? You make trouble for me, I can make trouble for you. about waking up on the wrong side of the bed...

* Went to the dentist this morning. He didn't see anything major on the X-ray. He also thinks the nerves in my tooth are working properly. He thinks that problem with my tooth was caused by me grinding my teeth while I was sleeping, especially considering the fact that it was bad on Saturday morning, but got a bit better as the weekend went on. It should be back to normal in a couple of days. In the meantime, I bought myself some Sensodyne and I'm going to see if that helps. I might also lay off the mechanical toothbrush for awhile.

Anyhow, that's good news. Whatever's pissing it off will go away in a few days and, better yet, no drilling involved! You have no idea how happy I am about that.

* Had a bad headache this morning. Ended up doing my grocery shopping after I was finished at the dentist's office, popping some ibruprofen, and taking a nap. My head is still sore, but not as bad as what it was earlier. Still feeling grumpy too...

* This looks interesting. And if I were to find out that my mom's side of the family does have Jewish ancestry after all, I would *so* throw it in my parents' face for giving me a hard time for marrying a Jewish man. (Swiped from [ profile] rm)

* This comment was the first one I read on this article about the Kevin Smith / Southwest Airlines debacle:

"I don't normally fly southwest, but if they are the ones taking a stand against obese air travelers I think they needed to be supported. Not only will there be less obese people on the flight bothering us, the average intelligence of Southwest passengers will go up!"

What the fuck? So...all fat people are dumb now? My brain hurts. I'm going to go report this as abuse just to be obnoxious.

* The author of the book I'm reading is a Doctor Who fan, apparently...

* I spent this evening studying for German. And no...I did NOT just make a flashcard with a guy sitting next to a bottle of Ritalin to help me remember the word for quiet/calm in German. And for crazy, I did not draw a grinning guy holding a meat cleaver. :)

* Okay...time to hit post now...
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Hopefully by now, most of you have heard about Amazon Fail. Long story short, Amazon has removed sales rankings from books that deal with LGBT issues or that have homosexual characters. What's worse is that these books are no longer picked up on searches. When you do a search for "homosexuality," books that take an anti-homosexual stance are the top results. WTF??

Needless to say, if Amazon does not correct the problem and issue an apology, I will no longer be doing business with them.

Here's Amazon's blog. You know what to do. Go complain. (Many thanks to both [ profile] rm and [ profile] vashtan for that one).

And now it's time for a Google bomb! Amazon Rank, your morons!

Adopt one today!Adopt one today!
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[ profile] doomsey and I were on our way to meet up with his folks at an Italian restaurant in our suburb's downtown. I had stopped for a stop sign, and it was my turn to go when, all of a sudden, I had to hit the brakes again to avoid a really stupid bicyclist. This bicyclist must have really wanted to get himself maimed or killed. Let's count the ways: 1) it was getting dark as it was around dusk; 2) he was wearing dark clothing; 3) he had no reflectors on his bike; 4) he blew through a stop sign (he's lucky I saw him moving out of the corner of my eye otherwise he would have become well acquainted with my front end);
5) there were at least two or three cars stopped at the intersection.

And to top it all off, as he was careening through the intersection, he waved at all the cars as he went by as if that would help us see him better as he shot down the road in the dark whilst ignoring all traffic rules.


And while we're on the topic of dumb bicyclists, why is it that the stupid ones always aggregate on that street? About two years ago, I almost hit someone two blocks further down. This particular individual thought it would be cute to bicycle on the wrong side of the street. I was pulling out of an alley that led to a parking garage, and all of a sudden, I had to slam on the brakes because this guy appeared out of nowhere from behind a parked car. And then he had the nerve to get angry at me, block me in, and pound on the hood of my car! I had to threaten to call the police on him to get him to leave me alone. That dude was crazy.
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Trip to a local farm: $75
Thanksgiving turkey: $50
Giving an interview while some random guy slaughters turkeys behind you: Priceless
For everything else, just use Mastercard.

[ profile] nekosensei <-- has a twisted sense of humor...

And yes, she really does say, "I was happy to get invited to participate in this. For one, you need a bit of levity in this job," while a turkey behind her meets its demise.
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Arm the teachers. Just great. This is what's really going to go down:

"If you (get out of your seat / interrupt me / talk to your friend / throw things) ONE MORE TIME, I'm going to SHOOT you!"

Link swiped from [ profile] tx_cronopio.
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Oh my. This is just priceless!

Apple Store

Aug. 9th, 2008 01:37 pm
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[ profile] doomsey and I went to the Apple Store today because [ profile] doomsey needed a new laptop. His old one died a few weeks ago. We got to the store and saw that they had a line of people waiting outside to buy an iphone. When we asked about buying a new computer, they told us that they wait for a computer was two-and-a-half hours because they were at full capacity today. We turned around and went home. I think [ profile] doomsey is going to order what he needs online.

Oh...and as [ profile] doomsey said, I got honked at by the guy behind me because I stopped for some asshat who was about to run a stop sign. Sorry, but I'm not going to trash my car because you're an impatient asshole.
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This was how my drive to work went down yesterday:

I have my ipod on shuffle, and a song that I really like comes on.

(sings along) "lalala-la-lalala-la-lalah...AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

And no, that last part was not me hitting a high note. That was the sound of me screaming because some asshat in an SUV thought it would be cute to change lanes without bothering to look. And he did it in such a way that there was no time for me to stop at all...only react. Really, it was very close. The last time I screamed in the car was when I got rear-ended back in February. In this particular instance, said person crossed a solid white line when they decided that they wanted to see if two cars could exist in the same place at the same time. I managed to swerve just enough to avoid him. When I looked into my review mirror right after it had happened, I noticed that he had ducked back into his original lane. Essentially, he had used my lane to cut off the person in front of him, who was also stuck in traffic. So...not only was he being an ass, he was being an ass squared.

The funny thing was that this was the area where the expressway divides into local and express lanes. I was in the right-most express lane, but I had slowed down because the lane next to me was backed up. I knew that people waiting in traffic have a tendency to change their minds, decide that they don't want that lane after all, and pull out abruptly so I wanted to be ready to stop. I discovered yesterday, there's only so much you can do when the person next to you starts doing dumb things.
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There was a real gem posted some time last night over on [ profile] stupid_free.

Under an LJ cut because it's trigger inducing )

So, because I'm feeling particularly bitchy about this, I headed on over to Make-a-Wish and made a $50 donation to my local chapter. [ profile] doomsey and I have the money and we can afford it. I'm encouraging others to donate. Anybody else with me on this one?

Also, if you don't have the money, spread the word. In fact, spread the word anyway. Let's see if we can how much money we can raise for these guys.
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Remember these clowns? Remember how I said they were going to find some way to fuck it up again back in June? I quote: "Just watch...they're going to fuck it up again."

Guess what? They fucked up again. [ profile] doomsey looked up our account information on Aetna's website and found out that Chicago Rehabilitation Services' claims were rejected by our insurance company because they waited too long. *pounds head against wall*

Fortunately, the paper work says that they're not allowed to charge us and that they have to write the amount off. If they do try to collect from us, they're violating their agreement with the insurance company. They already have one complaint lodged against them back in June. [ profile] doomsey assures me that them trying to collect from us would be really stupid. All we would have to do is complain again and they'll get dropped.

So...I wonder if they're stoopid enough to send us another bill. I hope not because I'm sick of drama.
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Remember how I got a bill from the physical therapist in March saying that I owed $1100 dollars? Well, they were at it again. This time, they were in rare form.

Back in March, I called them up and told them that the services I received were covered by insurance. I explained to them that the reason that my insurance company kept rejecting my claims was because they billed them under the wrong name. The ones that were billed correctly had been paid. The office manager told me that she would resubmit the claims that hadn't been paid, that I was supposed to disregard any further bills from them, and that the problem would be taken care of. Well, yesterday I got a letter saying that they closed my account and were going to send me to collections in ten days because I wasn't being "responsive." They also told me that I owed $1000 instead of $1100. Seriously. WTF?

[ profile] doomsey looked up my account information online and discovered that the claims hadn't even been resubmitted! He also didn't understand where they were pulling the $1000 from when originally it was $1100. I called her up yesterday evening and complained because I was under the understanding that this had been taken care of a long time ago. She tried to tell me that she resubmitted them to the insurance company, but they hadn't been paid. Huh?

I got really pissed off. I told her that I didn't understand what they were trying to pull. They told me repeatedly that they were in-network and all I was responsible for was the copay. And by repeatedly, I mean at least three separate times. After we started seeing that the insurance was rejecting the claims, they told me on two separate occasions that they were in-network and that they had billed the insurance wrong. On both occasions, they assured me that they would fix the problem and that I wasn't responsible for any of the charges. This was my third ride on their little merry-go-round of fuck-ups. Today, I told the office manager that I wasn't going to pay and that she could send me to collections for all I cared. I had had enough. Essentially, what they were trying to do was bill me for the money they couldn't collect because they were too lazy or too stupid to bill the insurance properly. I'm sorry, but I'm not going to shell out a thousand dollars because someone there couldn't do their fucking job right. The lady at the other end said something to the effect that maybe they weren't in-network after all and that someone had given me the wrong information. The claims that were billed to the insurance company correctly had been paid. The ones they submitted in October under the wrong name were not. They were definitely in-network. She then told me that she was going to talk to her boss and that she would call me back the next day. Okaaaaay.

Today, she called me back and said that she had talked with someone at my insurance company. They had resubmitted the claims back in March, but the insurance company didn't do anything with them because they thought they were duplicate claims. She assured me that the problem with the insurance was straightened out and that I didn't owe them anything. This time, I learned my lesson that you can't trust these bozos to get it right. I'm going to call them up in about two weeks to make sure that the claims are paid and that they're not sending me to collections. Sheesh. (I'm also going to tell my doctor not to recommend them anymore the next time I see her).

Just watch...they're going to fuck it up again.

Oh...before the office manager called me this afternoon, I phoned my insurance company and had a little chat about the ride Chicago Rehabilitation Service has been taking me on. They now have a complaint lodged against them for abuse of name / network. There's a slight chance that they might be dropped from the network because of this. They thought it would be cute to not do their job and dick me around. the shoe's on the other foot. Let's see how they like them apples.

By the way, if you live in the Chicago area, do not go to Chicago Rehabilitation Services. They have four locations: two in Chicago, one in Oakbrook, and another in Cicero. Their billing is absolutely atrocious.
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Today was made of EPIC FAIL. I tried to order a repair kit for the spigot that [ profile] doomsey was fixing in back only to find out that they're going to have to get it from a factory in New Hampshire and it's going to take 90 days. I ordered it anyway because, while the spigot out back is very drippy, at least it still works in the meantime.

Then, I called Terminix back again and told them that we figured out that the rodent in our attic was a squirrel and that it was getting in through a vent. I also reminded them that the person they send out needs to have a tall ladder because our attic was hard to access. (We had someone come out last year for a wasps' nest and they didn't bother to bring one). And then, the person on the other end of the line informed me that, while the plan says they cover rodents, they only do mice and rats. They don't cover squirrels. FUCK! When I originally called them to set up an appointment for Tuesday morning, I told them that it might be a squirrel (I wasn't sure at the time), and the person on the other end of the line said not one goddamn thing about Terminix not handling squirrels.

Then, as I was pulling out of my garage to go grocery shopping, a Terminix truck pulled into the driveway and blocked me in. The driver had been told to come over and investigate my critter in the attic problem today while the person on the other end of the phone had told me that they weren't able to come out until Tuesday morning. Seriously. These people don't communicate with one another at all! This isn't the first time they pulled shit like this. The last time I had to make an appointment, I was told that they would come out on a particular day at a particular time. I waited...and waited...and waited some more. Finally, I called them to try to find out what was going on, and the person who answered the phone said that the national office had scheduled the appointment and hadn't bothered to tell the local branch about it. They didn't have anyone scheduled to come out and look at the wasps' nest that day. And she didn't even apologize! She made it sound like it was somehow my fault for calling the national office and not the local one because national doesn't communicate well! Hello! How was I supposed to know this?? I called the number that you printed on my goddamn receipt! Sheesh. So...I ended up pitching a fit and getting someone out there that day to take care of the wasp problem. Only...they showed up without a ladder as I mentioned above and had to make an appointment for another day. So...that was two days wasted because of their fuck-up.

After finding out that Tereminix wasn't going to get rid of my squirrel problem, I called the county animal control. Their recording said that they did not trap wildlife. Then, I called the number for the Wildlife Foundation that Terminix had given me. They, in turn, gave me the phone number for the wrong pest control company who, fortunately, was able to get me the phone number to the right one (they both shared the same name) that serviced my area. They told me that the person who trapped squirrels was booked solid, and they wouldn't be able to come out until some time next week. In the meantime, the fucking varmint upstairs is chewing on our wood and insulation!

[ profile] judygs gave me the number of another pest control company, and I'm going to call it tomorrow. These guys will not only trap the critters, but they'll also clean up the mess they leave behind and seal off the attic so they don't come back again. They also have a guarantee where, if they do come back, they'll come out again free of charge. [ profile] doomsey seems to think that this might be a good idea because, once squirrels find their way into a place, they or another squirrel usually come back. It sounds like they could be expensive though. [ profile] doomsey seems to think that this could run anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a thousand. Yep...between my hospital bills, [ profile] doomsey's test, and $250 I had to shell out for my deductible because some jackass rear-ended me, this is turning out to be a very expensive year for us. And it's not anywhere near over yet!

If the company I'm calling tomorrow is not able to come out anytime soon, I might end up giving up and trapping the goddamn varmint myself. I borrowed a better step ladder from [ profile] judygs and [ profile] doomsey said that someone at his office is going to loan us a Havahart trap. If this is what I decide to do, I'm going to buy a pair of welder's gloves because I'm afraid of being bitten. I have reason to believe that my INR is on the high side (I moved up the appointment for my blood draw to Wednesday), and I really really really do not need to get bit by a frightened critter. So...does anybody out there want to help me trap a critter this week?

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My walk today took me past a junior high school after school had let out. Less than half a block ahead of me, I noticed that there was a group of four or five boys. One of them thought it would be a good idea to jump into the right hand lane of a busy street and do a jig in front of an oncoming car. Said car had to brake because of the jackass who was dancing in front of them. If I had been that kid's mother, I would have shot him or something. He would have been grounded until the birth of his first born.

Finally, the stupid kid got out of the street and the group started walking in my direction. This was the conversation that followed:

Me: Hey! I saw what you did up there. That was really stupid. Do you want to get yourself killed?

Kid: (being sarcastic) Yeah.

Me: If that's the way you feel, maybe you need to see a shrink.

Then, I turned my music back on and walked away. I heard the kids yelling things after me, but I didn't hear what they said. They were probably calling me a bitch or something. Maybe those kids do need to go play in traffic after all.

I'm so glad that I'm not teaching high school or junior high school. It seems that, over time, kids get more and more brazen.
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Well, [ profile] doomsey and I were headed to his parents' house when we almost got T-boned by another driver. One of the traffic lights was out because of bad weather, and I treated the intersection as if it had a stop sign. Well, some idiot wasn't paying attention and blew through the intersection when it was my turn. He didn't even bother to slow down! If I hadn't slammed on the brakes (and the horn!) he would have plowed right into us. attention to what you're doing.

Busy Day

May. 5th, 2008 11:47 pm
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Today was also a fairly productive day. Let's see...I went grocery shopping, took a 3.5 mile walk, graded (eek!), and did some weeding outside. [ profile] doomsey went for a short walk this evening, and when he got back, he told me that he saw this little blonde dog following him around. He noticed that it didn't have any tags and he thought it might have been socialized.

I had talked with some of the neighbors previously, and they mentioned that lately, people have been dumping their dogs either in the cemetery or the park by our house. Animal control eventually comes to pick them up and, in the end, they wind up getting put to sleep. My neighbor mentioned that she had seen a black and white dog wandering around the neighborhood. When I was walking past the park a week or so ago, I saw what I thought was a Schnauzer type dog wandering around the parking lot by itself. No one seemed to be watching it. And then, there was this dog.

So...I went outside to see if the dog was on our block, and it was. I tried going after it to see if I could get him corralled and possibly find him a new home. He ended up leading me on a wild goose-chase through my neighborhood. Some neighbors took pity on me and handed me a couple of milk bones to see if I could convince him to come over, but it didn't work. When I did manage to get close to him, he didn't even touch the milk bone I tossed at him. He just sat and barked at me. When I tried to get close, he backed away. I'm wondering if he had been abused by a woman because he seemed to be interested in [ profile] doomsey when he was out there, but not me. (By this point, [ profile] doomsey had given up and gone home. I was the only dumbass out there trying to help out this dog). Eventually, I ended up giving up and going back home. The dog didn't seem that social and he probably wouldn't have made a good pet. My guess is that he would have ended up being put to sleep at a shelter anyway. Damn it. I really hate people who just up and abandon pets.

I still have two milk bones. I'm thinking that I'm going to carry them in a pocket or something when I go for my walk. That way, if I see something like this again, I can try to do something about it if the dog is sufficiently socialized.


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