Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Our kid!

It's my brother's birthday today.

It can't be bad having a birthday on New Year's Eve, although it might be a bit close to Christmas so everything comes at once and then it's a bit quiet for the rest of the year.

One of the advantages growing up was that he never had to go to school on his birthday. My birthday is in September so I usually had to go in.

Plus, everyone is up for a party on New Year's Eve so there's always something to do. You even get the next day to recover.

Anyway, Happy Birthday Paul!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

AT&T Update

By the way, still no word from AT&T.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Change is coming!

There will be some changes to this blog in the New Year.

Don't worry, it will still be here, but it will be mostly focusing on one subject.

What that subject is going to be will be announced on New Year's Day.

Stay tuned.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Bury that bone

This year we had Christmas dinner at some friends house.

Their dog was a bit disturbed by all of the action so they gave her a bone to keep her quiet.

Next thing, she crawled under the Christmas tree, started digging, placed the bone down and then covered it up with the tree skirt.

She then backed out, and walked away thinking no one had seen her, even though the whole room had seen the whole thing!

Daft dog!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Go easy on the mince pies!

Have fun!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Adrian Chiles

BBC TV presenter Adrian Chiles has announced that he is giving up on beautiful women because they are "too complicated".

Are you sure that's the only reason Adrian?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

AT&T again

I thought I'd give you an update on AT&T and our attempt to get U-Verse installed.

No one has called me back yet.

I thought someone was calling to arrange installation on Saturday but it turned out that they were just calling to see if I was interested in signing up for AT&T U-Verse.

I politely told the woman, well, not so politely, that I'd already tried signing up for it but the three people who'd been out to do it so far had not been able to.

I asked her to check on it and get someone to call me back.

No word yet.

Friday, December 18, 2009

One Headlight

Driving home the other night, we noticed that one of the headlights at the front of the car had gone out.

We were on our way to Walmart at the time so we went to get a new bulb.

When we got there, we were met by Support Manager Alan who kindly helped us pick out the right bulb for our car and then offered to fit it for us.

I'm glad he did!

It took him, and another guy around 40 minutes to figure out how to remove the old bulb and get the new one fixed in.

It was around 8pm on a Sunday night and you just know that Alan was secretly cursing to himself how the last car he works on is such a problem!

I know I would've been frustrated trying to work it out so I'm grateful to Alan, who stayed good natured despite the cold.

Cheers mate!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Trifle Tasty

I made a trifle the other day and if I do say so my self, it was very nice! I haven't had trifle for years and it was as good as I remember.

We always used to have it around Christmas. It was one of those easy to make emergency desserts for when we had family round.

I didn't make it from scratch but I reckon I could next time.

There's still a bit left in the fridge so I'll be tucking in to some more later.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs was crowned Sports Personality of the Year away on Sunday.

You can't argue with Giggsy, he's been there and done it all. He's the most decorated footballer in British history with 11 premier league titles, 2 champions league, 2 world club cups, many FA Cups & League Cups so far.

He'll be 36 soon as has just been offered a one year contract taking him to the end of the 2010-11 season.

I remember Giggsy's debut back in 1991 and the guy is a United legend. Not only that, but I think you'll be hard pushed to find supporters of other clubs who dislike the guy and that can't be said for many players.

He was crowned the PFA footballer of the year last season too and it was probably a surprise to see him voted Sports Personality of the Year ahead of Jensen Button who came second, despite winning the Formula 1 championship this year.

Ryan Giggs made his 800th appearance for Manchester United last season and also broke the club's record for number of games played which is especially impressive these days when so few players stay at one club for their entire career.

The only downside to the Ryan Giggs story, for me at least, is that he wasn't English.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Another AT&T Update

The AT&T guy phoned about 3.30pm to say that the problem, whatever it was, had been fixed but he was on another job so I needed to phone up and schedule another appointment.

So I phoned AT&T and explained the situation, only to be transferred to another department where I was invited to explain the situation again.

The lady very politely asked me if I would be home tomorrow morning so I told her I was off work today so can they come and install my TV today, like they said they would.

She put me on hold while she tried to get through to dispatch. About 10 minutes later she said they were fully booked today but she would schedule an appointment for first thing tomorrow morning.

And that was that.

Until about 5pm when there was a knock on the door and a young lady said she was with AT&T and was here to install U-Verse.

I repeated the tour of the house I'd given the guy this morning to show him where the TVs were and where the computer was and she went outside to check something.

And then she returned to say that the problem hadn't been fixed so she would have to put in a call to get someone to come out and see what the problem is, and fix it, and then they would be able to install it.

So after a day of waiting, we don't really know where we are up to as they could show up first thing in the morning not knowing there is apparently still a problem, or someone might show up at an undisclosed time to fix the problem, or nothing may happen.

Who knows? At least we still have Direct TV.

AT&T Update

The AT&T guy has just left.

Apparently, the AT&T box that brings the signal into our neighbourhood is not working properly.

He has put in a repair call so we may get U-Verse later today, or if it can't be fixed today we'll have to make another appointment to have it installed (so long as they can fix the box).

I'm glad I hadn't cancelled Direct TV yet.

I was about to call them the other day but I mentioned to my parents that we were getting U-Verse installed and they said they had looked into it but it wasn't available in their zip code.

The thing is, we live in the same zip code as my parents so just on the off chance something would go wrong, I didn't call Direct TV.

It's a good job I didn't, or we'd have no TV!

You see, what had happened was...

The other day I called AT&T.

The problem was that I had my mobile phone, my wife's mobile phone, plus our home phone on three separate accounts. It's been like that for a while so it was probably time I sorted it and saved myself some money.

I was on the phone for 54 minutes and by the end of that, all of our accounts had been merged into one, and I'd signed up for AT&T U-verse.

All combined, it will save us around $70 a month so you can't complain.

AT&T U-Verse also means you can record four shows at once on the same DVR, plus you can watch the shows you've recorded on any TV that has the regular receiver.

You can even pause a TV show in one room, and carry on watching in another.

I checked they had all the channels we need, Setanta & Fox Soccer Channel for me, daft reality channels that show babies and dwarfs for my wife (sometimes even dwarf babies).

Any way, it's my day off today and the guy from AT&T just called so he'll be here in about 20 minutes.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my wonderful, amazing, beautiful wife!