Good morning everyone. I have a lot to ramble about today, so let's get started. I usually save my "tease title" for the end, but I just came to the library (we'll get to that in a second) directly from the bank, so let's start there. It seems that more stuff from my bank makes my ramble (and I don't know if any of it is interesting), but here ya go. You know those pens that are attached to those little chains (presumably because the pens are so valuable)?? Well, as I made my bank deposit this morning, the teller who waited on me had a chain there without a pen (or anything else) attached to it. I'm shocked that crack security system failed... Yes, I am at the library again typing this blog entry, and as charming as the little countdown clock at the lower righthand corner of the monitor is, this is Day 7 that I don't have internet service at my apartment since walking into the Time Warner offices in San Marcos, America last Tuesday morning. The only reason that I am mentioning this is that I am strongly leaning toward writing an open letter to Time Warner on this blog detailing the deplorable customer service that I have encountered over the past week. This blog has now been viewed over 12,500 times, I have over 575 facebook friends, over 60 followers on twitter, and if I write this letter, I will strongly be urging everyone to share my story so that they can avoid dealing with a similar experience. At this point I feel that this may be the only way to wake up someone at Time Warner, as I've recounted my experience with each person in succession that I've had to deal with... Now I'm waiting until Wednesday morning before they send another technician to my apartment (seriously)... This next little tidbit seems to be going over well on my facebook account so far, so let me share this with you. I purchased a RIVAL two-slice toaster from Walmart a few days ago. This toaster has settings numbered 1-6. I put my first slices of bread in at the 3.5 mark on the dial, which would be average (do the math). After seeing the results, I am fully convinced that if you toast your bread on the 6 setting, this machine will eject 2 slices of pure charcoal... #themoreyouknow So, the Bobcats game, and the Steelers game, and the football picks did not go so well this week... I will write about this topic on Friday (my normal M.O.), but I am just mentioning it here to let you know that I am not running away from anything. What did go well this weekend football pick-wise is that my Houston Texans pick came through in the prestigious Lucki Duck suicide contest (one of my co-workers used the term "suicide" yesterday at the bar when referring to this type of "one loss and done" contest and I think that it's catchy). Participating in this type of contest before, I have managed to get to about Week 7, but in that format, you had to choose a different team only once for EVERY WEEK of the whole season, and since the Duck's blogging friends can use any team an unlimited number of times up until they get roadblocked after their first appearance following Week 8, 'Coach' may be in this contest for a little while... 'Coach' can always use more Steelers gear! ;) I will be writing about my poker session with Duck on Wednesday, and now that I am not living in Las Vegas, I may try to join in on some of this free internet tournament poker that the bloggers are all caught up in, if I EVER get internet service at my apartment... Let me give a shoutout to my friends from Buffalo right now, a poker-playing couple I met at the Flamingo who have been together for over 35 years now, and married for 30 of those. Sorry about your Bills yesterday - the Jets were hiding a lot in the preseason evidently... This couple will get some more press in Wednesday's blog entry also, as I sat with them a couple of times, and they graced the Duck and myself with their presence. Addressing the 'Bobcat Weekend' that I wrote about here on Friday, other than the 58-10 ***kicking that we received from Texas Tech (who OBVIOUSLY did not want to be embarassed like the Houston Cougars were a week ago - the Cougars offensive coordinator resigned after playing us), the weekend was a HUGE SUCCESS for the local businesses in San Marcos, America. I am happy to say that my employer was one of the businesses who benefitted from the masses of people roaming around San Marcos, and that I will be able to eat this week (and not just because of the leftover barbecue sitting in my refrigerator that I was encouraged to bring home after the first round of Sunday NFL games). I worked A LOT this weekend, thankfully... :) At this moment I am not scheduled to work again until Thursday, so somebody will be trying to organize their apartment when they leave the library (if somebody does not take a nap or get too involved getting ready for tonight's NFL doubleheader). Have I also mentioned before that at the San Marcos library, they allow their patrons FOUR HOURS of computer use per day, if there is not a wait for the machines? Just saying that somebody might be here for a while also, since somebody doesn't have internet access at their apartment. Don't worry, I'm not at all bitter... #lie So yeah, there's not much on my plate these days... #anotherlie Well, that's plenty of drama and foreshadowing and mystery for one day, so I'm going to publish this mess now. :) I hope that all of you have a great day and I'll see you again on Wednesday!