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A Shady Deal

11/19/2015

I went to a used car lot to look at some cars today. As I was speaking to the sales person about the details on some of the cars I mention that I would have to sell the current car to a company to come up with the cash for the down payment if anything on the lot stuck my fancy.

The person proceeds to tell me why would you sell your car to that company for that amount. I tell you what you need to do and I listened thinking the person may of knew of something in the area I was unaware of. They then stated all you got to do is take your car down to a title pawn place get $1000 or $1500 and when they call for the first payment tell them you not going to pay and come get the car. I was dumb founded for a second and a little voice in my head said back away slowly.

I didn’t back away but did test drive a car and told my brother the story. I said to him how can I trust these people if they are going to advise me to commit fraud and along with jacking up my credit.  This and the fact they wanted to much money for junk made me leave the lot without a purchase.

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Computer Update

07/23/2012

This is an update to the What I got for $8 at the Flea Market post.

After looking at the system closer I was able to determine what happen to cause all the mud and other debris that was all over the case. It appears the system was sitting upside down in the rain as there was a water line across the power supply and CD drive.

That lead me to make the decision to scrap the clean up of the case and just use my old case along with the optical drives and power supply. I thought I was going to be able to use the 40 gig hard drive from the $8 computer but once I got it hooked up 60% of the time it booted with disc read errors. So I chucked it. A driver disc I got from a friend was very helpful as I didn’t have to hunt anything down.

This motherboard is only a slight improvement on my older one. The main reason for the switch out was back in 2004 I burnt out one the RAM slots on the mother board. So I was only able to go up to a GB of RAM. I just gonna use this system until things stable out in my life. I don’t know if I will build another system or just buy one pre built.

Anyway that is all for now will post something more meaty in the
future.

What I got for $8 at the fleamarket

07/15/2012

 

What you see above is a mud cover Compaq computer. I took a big chance on the system with the shape it was in. I talked the man down from a $10 price tag. I wanted to see if at least can salvage something off of it to beef up my aging system. In the pic it is hard to make out but there is mud, cobwebs and leaves all over the inside and outside of the thing. It would be easier to buy a new system than deal with this mess but being cash strapped as I am I thought this was a chance worth taking.

Being a risk taker I hook the system up before cleaning the mud and other debris out of it. Results were pretty good as the motherboard, memory, on board video and hard drive worked fine. The floppy, cd and dvd drives either had some error cod pop up or trays would not open. None of that was a problem as I can use the parts from my old system if need be.

Now there is alot I could not test like the on board audio and Ethernet. This was due to the fact that the system would not boot into windows all the way.

My plan is to clean the system and hook it up again. This is to give the parts the best chance to work before I gut the whole deal and Frankenstein something together with it and my old system.

Some random saying and what they mean to me

08/22/2011

Just a short post to get me back in the mood to start this thing up again.

Don’t Feed the Bears
This is meant to apply to animals but can apply to people also. It is good to help out your fellow man but when they become moochers, leeches or beggars  it is best to not “feed” these people or you will have the same problem as if you fed a wild or stray animal.

Check for ID
With all the hormones, chemicals and what nots in food these days that 15 year old girl could look 19 or 20. So to save yourself the grief of being locked up in the big boy jail find some way to check their age. Yes before anyone says it I know it not nice to ask a lady their age but screw it if I can go to jail for not asking it I going to ask. My roommate says check for a tattoo which is a smart idea but some people have them hidden from sight.  Truthfully I stick to my age range when dating or whatever so I don’t have to run into this problem.

Expect the Worse, Hope for the Best
Kind of a twisted way to look at the world but you will never be disappointed. Most of the time the neutral outcome is what usually happens in my case anyway.

Have a Plan B
Also C though Z will work to. I try to be prepared for any out come that can happen. Does it work out? Not really but it is fun. People say I over think things but I don’t see it that way. Though there are some days where I just wing and go with the flow.

Where is the content at?

08/22/2011

July and August have been some rough months on the personal front me which I am not going to get into here. I have a backlog of stuff in my handy spiral notebook that I need to type up when I get off my lazy but and do it. I have learned from past mistakes to not hype anything before it ready. I will say though the way things are going it should push the movie series up to number 17 or 18 when I get around to posting the stuff. Along with one or two special movie posts. Got a few TV posts on the back burner too.

As for when these thing will start rolling out I can’t say but hopefully soon. I am also debating about posting some original fiction but we will see how that goes.
Well for my few fans thanks for sticking around and hope to see you again when the ball starts rolling again.

From a good Ebay deal to crap in 60 seconds

06/17/2011

Well this story might bore some but somebody might get a kick out my bad luck. I won an auction on Ebay for X-Men 2099 #1-26 for $11 including shipping.
Feeling pretty good about scoring this good deal I paid and waited for the package to arrive. This is what it looked like when I got it.

 

If you look in the lower right hand corner you can see the sorry your package is “fucked up” bag the the post office put it in. That when I checked the contents all that was inside was issues 1,2 and some Rules of Engagement handbook from the military. I contacted the seller told him what happened as expected he had no clue but told me that the he did not put the handbook in the package.

I went to the post office to see what could be done to recover the missing contents and find out what the hell happened. After looking at the package they tell me that they suspect the bulkiness of the contents caused stress on  the envelop  and that the seller should have used a  box instead. The ROE handbook that was inside appeared to be from a another package and they took it just in case there was a claim on it like the one I filled out.

I filled in the seller on what might have happened and basically told him I am not going to beat him over the head for $5 but I am not leaving any feedback for him. The reason being I did not feel right leaving a positive note when I didn’t get what I paid for and it might have been his fault for improper packaging. Since I can’t prove it was his fault I was not going to leave a negative one either.

In the end they will have the word out for three months looking for the missing books but I am not going to hold my breath. Hopefully I can get the same or better deal when I go to the one day show in Atlanta next month.

For anyone who cares

06/09/2011

I know I have at least one regular reader among the multitude of spam bots. This is just a little update as to what is going on and why this place has stopped producing content since the 16th of May. For one I need to recharge my batteries and two I am in the process of moving. So until around the first few weeks of July there will not be much going on here aside from the random rambling you have seen in the last week.

Also to that one person let me know who you are I know get here from facebook. I not asking for any long conversation just drop me a message to say hi.
Anyway have fun people and see you in the future.

Customer service is dead

06/08/2011

After a trip to the local comic shop I decided to go get something to eat. I walked in the door and barely two steps in the cashier looks at me like I just took a dump on the counter. I then proceeded to turn around and walked back home.

This is just one example of some of the problems I have had with this place. Now if you go into the business before 2pm everything is cool and as it should be. When you go in there any time after that especially before closing you get death stares that would kill an elephant. The other thing the place never closes at the time posted it usually 15 or 20 minutes before hand.

At another place the guy at the counter seemed high and didn’t know how to answer simple questions about the food they were serving. One day at yet another place the two people behind the counter were two busy trying to chat up a girl than take my order. The woman they were talking to had to point out I was standing right there in front of them and they might want to do their job. They looked at me and continued to chat with her. In both these cases I walked out.

Now I know this type of job sucks hard and you have to deal with the occasional asshole sometimes. At least pretend to care for the short time the customer is there because I can’t help it you are stuck in a crappy job. With the attitude these people displayed I understand why they end up stuck in these places.

One step forward two steps back.

06/03/2011

One step forward:
I decided to move and room with a person I known for about 10 years so I can finally get some things sorted out that cost money. So around the time July rolls around I will be sitting pretty as far as money goes. It making to that point that will test my patience.

Two steps back:
On July 9 2010 I signed a 12 month lease on a apartment. Flash forward to today June 3 2011 where I turned in my 30 day notice for the non renewal of my lease. I find out that in reality I signed a 13 month lease and if I want to leave in June I will have to pay a early lease termination fee and lose my security deposit. I can’t tell you how pissed I was because July 9 2010 to July 31 2011 is not a year. Anyway since I was a good tenant and all they that they would put my security deposit toward July’s rent and I pay the remainder. I am still mad at the situation but it could have been worse.

When asked why I was leaving I told them the basics that I was moving to a less expensive accommodations and also it took THREE WEEKS to fix the A/C. Anyone from the south knows how unbearable it can get once the temperate starts to move up.

Well hopefully this is the last of the speed bumps before I get to the finish line.

The bad things about having a good memory is

12/07/2010

You freak people out
I have to decide if  I want to play dumb or not depending on the situation at hand. At work it doesn’t matter because I am not going to waste time playing dumb if it gets the job done sooner and my ass out of their on time.

You have deal with people always saying events didn’t happen

This is the most annoying out of the list. having to listen to a person with self proclaimed bad memory wanting to demiss past events because they don’t recall them or are to ashamed to admit that the event happen. If the person is not combative about the subject  I  start ticking off a timeline of events trying to jog their memory or we agree it’s a moot point and move on.

Example: Was talking to a chick in High School as we were waiting for the bus. The whole time she is bad talking a “friend” of hers. Trying to get on the girl good side I am just nodding and agreeing with the topic at hand. The next day was trying to start a convo again when I bring up the topic of the previous day she has no clue what I am talking about. She gets pissed I am left confused and annoyed.

You get phone calls asking where I remember seeing such and such object.

This not that annoying because of how rare it happens nowadays.

Example: While at home watching Tv a previous employer/family friend calls me and asks me do I know where a particular part is. I proceed to tell him in great detail how it is on the left side of the green van, on the top shelf under the old ice maker. to say the least he was shocked.