Sunday, February 08, 2004

Too Many Commercials

Marcy, Breanna and I are all driving to pick up some necessary house-hold items, and discussing our list. Marcy mentioned something about how she has not had any headaches when Breanna piped in with a word from our sponsers.
Marcy: I still can't believe I haven't had a single headache.
Breanna: Because when you get headaches you have to take this stuff.
Mike & Marcy: What stuff Breanna?
Breanna: The stuff for detension headaches because it takes it all away.
I'm starting to suspect that our daughter watches too much television.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

We've Been Zonked

As I've posted here before, Marcy and I, especially me, have gotten addicted to entering sweepstakes. We have not had any luck as of yet, but could a phone call from a national shipping company change that?

On Friday, Marcy had an interesting message on our answering machine. It was a UPS driver who could not find our house, which is strange because they deliver to us all the time. He had a package for her from a company called TNS Intersearch. He left his phone number for us to call him so that he could deliver the mystery package, but the message somehow got deleted on accident. So, we went about calling UPS to try and find this driver. UPS was no help, they could not find a package destined for our house in their system. Needless to say we were getting antsy to know what was in that package. Both of us had entered a number of sweepstakes and we had heard that some sweeps will be delivered without notification. Our imaginations started running wild with what it could be. I had entered a lot of sweepstakes, even piddly ones, but Marcy had only entered big value sweeps. Could it be a trip somewhere exotic? Could it be notification of a new car, or $10,000? We could only sit and wait.

UPS does not deliver over the weekend, so we were forced to wait patiently for Monday to come around and hope that UPS would either find our house, or call back. As you could probably guess, the anticipation grew even more when another call from UPS came on Monday afternoon, without Marcy home of course, and our son Michael gave the driver the correct address. The driver then told Michael that he would deliver on Tuesday. Marcy was ready to drive to the shipping center to pick up the package. But, she decided not to, and another day we were forced to wait.

Today I awoke with the taste of winning in my mouth. The package was set for delivery this afternoon and I could feel a big winner coming. I had to go to work, leaving Marcy at home (minus a few errands to run) to await the UPS man. I would've been sitting at the door waiting if I had been home. Finally, the door bell rang. Yes, it was UPS. Yes, he had the package. I can only imagine the helter skelter manner in which the box was opened. I probably would have busted the box wide open like a child on Christmas morning. Marcy opened the box and found....

A 4-pack of toilet paper (insert cheesy "Let's Make a Deal" sound effect here). The only thing missing is Monty Hall and a rubber chicken. She put down the box, picked up the phone and called me at work to break the news. All that wondering and anticipating for toilet paper. Just to top it off, the company that sent said toilet paper wants her to use it and write a review. I am so put off by this that I feel like taking it and wiping my bottom with it....oh wait, that's what I'm supposed to do with it.

What's goin on around here

With so much to Bzz about lately, and so little time to do it, I really don't know where to start. I guess I'll start with Super Sunday.

First and foremost I will say that I thought it was an amazing game, one of the better Super Bowls I have ever seen. Too bad the antics of a couple of people (that means YOU Janet) involved with the halftime show overshadowed some excellent performances. Tom Brady and Jake Delhomme went at this duel like no others have in a very long time. I happened to be rooting for New England, so that made the enjoyment even greater.

About the halftime show, I would like to mention one thing. I think they should've showed more of the naked dancing guy who was running around the field just before the second half kickoff. From what I've read, it took one of the Panthers to tackle him for the security guards to catch up with him. Now my kids were not in the room for either event, but had they been, and had CBS aired the streaker and consequential tackling of said streaker, at least I could have said to my kids: "See what really happens for public indecency?" I could go on and on about this, but it's already been done, played and is now over.

Instead I'll move on. Did anyone else get a copy of Microsoft Office 2003 Professional Edition in the mail? I did, and I still haven't quite figured out why. That didn't stop me from installing it this morning, and start converting all of my e-mail, address books and calenders over to Outlook 2003 of course. From what I briefly have seen of it, I am impressed with how far Outlook has come as far as functionality and ease of use have come. Of course I haven't used Outlook on an every day basis since Outlook '97. I'm sure I'll run into problems on down the road, but converting all of my e-mail folders from Express was a snap, in fact I didn't even have to ask Outlook to do so. As soon as I opened Outlook up, it took me through getting the conversion done. I also expected the install to take a god-awful amount of time, but that was not the case. 20 minutes after I popped the CD into the tray I was playing with Outlook. I haven't even opened any of the other Office 2003 programs, but I have to say...I'm impressed. And for once, I also have to say, thank you Microsoft.