Sunday, September 24, 2006

alamo-you suck

Earlier this week, we decided that it might be fun to go to Montreal for the day on Saturday (so yesterday). We called a rental car company (Alamo...don't rent from there because they suck), made a reservation to pick a car up on Saturday morning and we even paid for the rental in points.

Saturday morning, it happened to be raining quite hard, so we called a cab (which was a little weird in and of itself because by the responses of the lady on the phone, I wasn't entirely sure the cab would make it to our place...but it did) and it was off to the car rental (Alamo...don't rent from them because they suck).

We walked in and saw two people (obviously together) waiting. We talked to the guy at the counter, he found our reservation and then said "Oh, but we don't have any cars right now...we expect some in the next half hour. Why don't you guys go have a coffee or something, I'll take your phone number and I'll call you when the car comes in." This was at about 9:50am. (kind of reminds me of the "why do i make a reservation" episode of seinfeld)

Off to Starbucks...we leisurely enjoyed our lattes and our muffins and we took advantage of the wireless internet and figured out where we would have lunch once we got to Montreal. We were there for an hour and decided that maybe we should go back and check in with the rental place
(Alamo...they suck, don't rent from them). We walk in and there are quite a few more people waiting than before. We speak to the guy at the counter. He says that there still aren't any cars and that can't we see all of the people waiting? They are in line in front of us but that he would be happy to open our contract to secure a spot in line.

Needless to say, we were very confused as that same man had told us not to wait in line but rather to leave and have coffee just one hour earlier. We definitely weren't impressed. So, we left, called a few other agencies but no one seemed to have any cars. So we spent the day in Ottawa instead.

Good thing Heather had plans for her day in Montreal...otherwise we would have ended up ditching her.

Soooo....what have we learned? Don't rent from Alamo.

Friday, September 15, 2006

september is always busy isn't it?

Mostly at work so the last thing I want to do is sit at the computer when I get home. Basically, I've been tasked with about 4 weeks worth of work to finish in about 2 weeks. Fun stuff. There, I broke the golden rule of not blogging about work. But, that is all the work talk I will allow...just to say that I'm busy but that the work will get done and I'm sure it will feel good when it is over.

Besides that; what else is going on? Well, I'm reading a book about punctuation for fun. (and i'm pretty sure i just punctuated that sentence incorrectly...well the one with the semicolon anyway) The best part is that it comes with little punctuation stickers that you can add wherever you see a public display of improper punctuation. There is some graffiti near out place that says "LOWER TOWNS FINEST". Do you think it would go over well if I inserted my sticky apostrophe so that it would read correctly ("LOWER TOWN'S FINEST")? I didn't think so either.

I am also trying to decide if a new computer is do-able. Jordan needs his more and more for his school work, I would love to be able to work from home more often (especially with the nasty ice storms that happen around these parts) and I've always dreamed of having a Mac of my very own. I am accepting donations. Just make the cheque payable to me ;-)

I ended up watching a bit of the first episode of Survivor yesterday. I have to say, I feel a little sorry for the "white" tribe. It's not really cool to have white pride...I know I don't have any. I'm proud to be who I am, but I wouldn't say my race has much to do with how I identify myself. I think it is different for those who aren't a part of the "dominant" (and by dominant I mean the majority, not superior) race within a given society. So...I guess their little twist worked because I did tune in. Not sure I'll be watching most of the season though.

So yeah, that's what has gone on with me in the last little while. My dad is coming for a visit starting Sunday, so that should be a good time. Hopefully his snoring isn't as loud as I seem to remember it ;-) (just kidding...well mostly. we're happy to have you even if you do end up snoring)

As for leaving comments, with this whole Blogger Beta deal, comments are a little iffy. Soooo, just comment as "other" and then put in your name. That way I know who you are.

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

coincidence?

Apparently Tom Cruise has apologized to Brooke Sheilds: story

He made the original statements not all that long before his lovely "Kate" got pregnant. As much as I would never wish depression on ANYONE, I have to admit, I was a little curious as to what would happen if he ended up having to deal with a post-partum (post partumly?) depressed woman. Would he offer her vitamins? Would he forbid her to seek psychiatric help?

I'm not saying she is depressed...but there haven't been many "TomKat" sightings since the little one came along....and now Brooke gets an apology. I just wonder if this is all a coincidence or if Tom has seen what post partum depression is all about. Perhaps his understanding of psychiatry has changed? Maybe all prescription drugs aren't evil?

Or perhaps I'm just glib...Matt Lauer can't be the only one I guess.

Monday, September 04, 2006

randoms...

So apparently I can only muster the blogging once a week. Perhaps it will get better, perhaps not. But here is what I've got for you today:

-Steve Irwin died...sting ray to the heart. I was never a big fan of the show, but it caught me off guard to see that this morning.

-I've decided that one of the rudest bus behaviours is to keep your bag on the seat next to you when the bus fills up. It is one thing to leave it there when the bus is mostly empty. But when you see that it is starting to fill up, you should move your bag. No one should have to come and stand next to you and look at you, then your bag because then THEY feel like the jerk for asking you to move your stuff even though you are the inconsiderate one.

-You can listen to "Sexy Back" about 37 times between Montreal and Ottawa. I know this because I was witness to it. I STILL have it in my head. The most annoying part? The "are you ready."

-I made chowder for the first time. I think it was a little bland...any ideas of what spices go well in chowder?

-I'm really not looking forward to winter. I hope that fall lasts forever. The slush and the salt drives me nuts.

That is all for today...have a good labour day.