UPS is the Suck

Sometime my cheap-a** side takes over and I go against my better judgment. Once again I have used UPS for shipping, when I knew at the time I should have paid extra for FedEx and once again UPS can’t seem to find my city. If the package gets sent to Austin, it will be a day late. If it gets sent to San Marcos, it will come on time. FedEx has no problem finding my city.

Interestingly, UPS website is useless. As of 8:30 p.m. it said that the delivery was on time and out for delivery. Now it just says, ‘Delivery Rescheduled.’ No mention that they are late and not on schedule. Maybe they think if they don’t say it, I won’t notice.

Texas Small Towns Rock!

I just updated my driver’s license, in person, with vision test, identity verification, and photograph in less than six, 6!, minutes. This time includes walking into the DPS office, filling out the form, chatting with the nice lady, and getting back into my car. There was no line in the office and only two people filling out forms. Not long ago I drove by the Austin DPS office on the way to the dentist. It wasn’t open yet and a line was forming.

Ceiling Repair

We had an exciting adventure in drywall repair today. View in slide-show and mouse over the photos for the full details.

The Ceiling Above the Game Room

I Know What Comes from Cows

I was reading a book to Hailey this evening. The book has pictures, the child looks at the pictures and identifies the item. We get to the cow.

H: Cow, I know what comes from cows.

D: Really, what?

Dad expects the usual milk answer

H: Milk and hamburgers

I swear I didn’t teacher her that

Playa Del Carmen

Spring Break 2007. Brianna made me get on a plane and take her on a real vacation. It was a blast. I miss the pool, the food, and the weather.

Playa Del Carmen

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DVDs

I hate DVDs. Mostly the way they take control away from you, the owner of the equipment.

Hailey has some DVDs with at least 15 minutes of commercials. There is one DVD that disables the stop and eject buttons. Once you put it in you are doomed. I told her it was broken and refuse to put it back in.

This weekend I got a All the President’s Men DVD from NetFlix, a 1976 movie with Robert Redford. This is the way DVDs should be. You put it in and the movie starts playing.

No FBI Warning
No Previews
No Buttons Disabled

The disc goes in and the movie starts, if you want a menu you have to press the DVD players menu button the remote. I was so blown away by this that I had to try it twice.

Really awesome and really sad that no modern movie or next generation disc player will offer this simple viewer orientated feature.