December 18th, 2008

dr horrible balls

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Yesterday's snowfall wasn't the first of the season but it was substantial enough to stick and then stick around a day later. I didn't give much thought to it until now but that's pretty early as far as past years have gone. Usually we don't get a good snowfall until after Christmas. There's supposed to be a pretty big front moving in this friday and we'll get a lot more accumulation. That threat of additional snow caused a small note of contention today.

My dad's always been a hypochondriac and it extends to non-medical issues. He was complaining about the fact that there wouldn't be anyone around to deal with shoveling the driveway and sidewalks and that he would end up having to do it. To cut off the complaining, my mom asked Shelley to spend the night on Thursday so she could be shovel girl the next day. It seems sort of....I dunno, demeaning to have her schlep over just so she can shovel the walk. I took a look around on Craigslist for snow removal companies. The days of having the neighborhood kids come around $5-$10 is definitely gone. The cheapest price I could see quoted was $14 a hour per person. It's not like we have some sort of huge winding driveway and extensive sidewalks, but I'm sure that any company would claim they would need a couple of guys to take care of it. Add some malingering and they could stretch it out to a hour easy. Really, what I should do is just forget about calling someone, pop a double handful of pills, and try to give Shelley a hand with the job. It's just not going to be pleasant. I wish that we at least had one of those snowblowers. At least those look like they'd be fun to use.
gamer advance wars

You always get Wii'd on

There's always some sort of problem when selling those damn Wii's. It never fails. In this case, I just got an email from someone in bumfuck nowhere who had purchased one and was sending me odd info. They seem to claim that they made a mistake in chosing their payment type and that instead of charging the Wii to a credit card, they had used a bank account instead. I'm not sure how they expect me to fix something like that but they actually gave me their credit card number through email. Through EMAIL! They had also included a phone number so I decided to call over and see what was up. I ended up speaking with what sounded like a total bumkin. It seems that his daughter had borrowed his credit card to make the purchase and he's completely out of the loop. He was just concerned that the Wii had not arrived. He claimed to have no idea what a tracking number is. When I checked the tracking number myself I found it had been delivered a couple of days ago. No good can come of this.

On the plus side, they don't appear to be scammers. Scammers don't usually send you their credit card number through email for shits and giggles. It seems to be more a function of general confusion and I hope it sorts itself out. Like I've said before, the margins on this stuff is small enough that it's really not worthwhile when you add any other issues on top of it.
cartoon hat made of guts

One poor invisible girl

I was bored and wandering the Add_Me communities when I ran across a really unique entry. For those of you who've ever been on one of those communities, the posts tend to all be very similar. People give their general stats and then follows a huge list of their likes and dislikes and other pieces of color in an attempt to get other people to add them. There's this facet of trying to sell yourself to the population at large so that you can find the people who would fit your LJ the best.

That being said, I'd like to introduce you to the add_me post of oneinvisiblegrl here. I was really impressed with it. As I said in the comments, I've never seen an add_me entry that was so standoffish and barren of detail. It's not even one of those perky, short and friendly sort of 'Hi! add me please!' entries. Sadly, I don't think oneinvisiblegrl appreciated my point of view on this. I'm sort of curious what sort of venting she does on her LJ or if it's as bland as her entry has been. If any of you out there feel so inclined, why not friend her and let me know if she actually has a personality. I have to admit that I'm really sort of curious now.
cartoon god make everyone die

Sisterhood of the traveling pants suit

I'm not sure if 'sisterhood' is completely apt but I know this guy has a huge gaping vagina.

The $54 million pants suit unravels again

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A court Thursday rejected an appeal filed by a former administrative law judge who sued a dry cleaners for $54 million over a missing pair of pants.

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals "ruled resoundingly in favor of the Chung family and denied Mr. Roy Pearson's appeal of the case completely," said Christopher Manning, an attorney for the Chung family, who own Custom Cleaners.

"The D.C. Court of Appeals held that the trial court correctly ruled that Mr. Pearson's claims had no merit whatsoever," he added.

The Chungs have "some level of relief," Manning told CNN, "but they won't count Mr. Pearson out for at least trying to torment them further" with future appeals.

"We are very happy with the result and thank everyone for supporting us," Jin Chung said in a statement issued by Manning. "The past three years have been very difficult, but we hope this nightmare is finally over."

Pearson initially sought $67 million from the Chungs, calculating the amount by estimating years of legal violations, adding nearly $2 million in common law claims for fraud.

He claimed millions of dollars in attorney fees and millions more in punitive damages for what he called fraudulent advertising under the law. He also claimed that a sign in the store's window promising "satisfaction guaranteed" was an unconditional warranty that required the defendants to honor any claim by any customer without limitation.

"It is the Chungs' hope that Mr. Pearson will not attempt to appeal any further and will end his frivolous and baseless attacks on the Chung family," Manning wrote in the statement.

"The 3½ years this case has been pending and appealed have been very difficult for the Chungs," he said. "They lost two of their dry cleaning stores and their realization of the American dream."

He said the family wants to "quietly return to their one remaining small dry-cleaning store ... to rebuild their lives."

I can't believe that this case is still around and that no one's successfully beaten this guy to death. If you ever need an example that our legal system is broken and why we need tort reform, this is it. It's frightening to believe that a family's decades of hard work could be destroyed by one single asshole with a law degree. The fact that he keeps successfully getting his appeals heard drives me nuts. The sooner we switch to a system where the loser of a lawsuit pays for the legal fees of both sides the better.

So, if anyone sees this guy walking down the street one day. Please. For the love of God. Punch him in the cunt for me.