Archive for January, 2012

Old VCR Tapes

by on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Going through the garage I found an old box filled with VCR tapes. You know, those huge plastic rectangles containing spools of magnetic tape? The ones that used to cost $39 and $49 for the newest releases back in the 1980’s?

It was kind of cool to look at all those old movie titles and remembering why I liked them enough to spend that kind of money on them. and now they are not even worth $2 at the Goodwill or Used DVD stores. Not exactly a good investment in those tapes, was it?

Store Credit Cards

by on Thursday, January 19th, 2012

This past week I was shopping at various stores almost every night after work. It seems like this was the week to get all the errands run and all the things bought that I’ll need for the ever growing “honey do” list.

It seems like every store I went to tried to pitch me on signing up for either their store issued credit card or their store’s special frequent customer card. I already have a key chain full of those frequent customer cards and frankly, I don’t want any more garbage hanging on my key chain.

Store credit cards are another matter. I have read the terms and conditions for all the major retailer’s cards and not any of them are a good deal for the consumer. The interest rates are very high and late fees and penalties are extremely high.

I seriously do not recommend getting any of the retailers credit cards, except for possibly the convenience of a gas station branded card. If you get a gas station card, make sure you pay the balance in full every month, or the interest and fees add up really fast. Unless you like paying double the price at the pump over the course of a year, be extremely careful how you use and maintain a gas station credit card.

Kids and Coffee

by on Sunday, January 15th, 2012

How old were when you first drank a cup of coffee? I think most of the kids that I grew up with were not allowed to drink coffee at home. For some reason our parents thought that drinking coca cola and kool aid was good for us, but coffee was not.

I drank my first cup when I was 16, at an IHOP where I took my date after a concert. The waitress brought coffee for everyone, so I decided to try it. It was not half bad when I dumped a lot of sugar in it and poured two of those little cups of coffee whitener in it. I wish I could call it cream, but it wasn’t. There was no mention of the word cream anywhere on the label. It was called whitener. And whiten the coffee, it did.

New Tires

by on Monday, January 9th, 2012

Here it is winter and I notice one of the tires is showing wear. When we get snow and ice on the roads, having food tire tread is kinda important.

Its the front right tire, even though I had the car’s wheel alignment checked and they said it was fine. But something is eating out the tread on that tire. So I’m heading down to the tire store to see if I can pick up a tire on sale, maybe two – if the price is right.

More Flaws, More Fixes

by on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Some people say that you have no right to complain about something that is free. I have taken advantage of a lot of free things over the years. Such as my free public education. I went to kindergarten and then grades 1 through 12. It was free to me, except for the cost of supplies, like notebooks and paper. But it wasn’t really free – someone, ie taxpayers, paid for it.

Now we have the internet and my email account with Yahoo has been free for over 14 years. I use Firefox for my browser, which is free from Mozilla, and I installed the free blog software from WordPress. Most of these have been good, solid performers. The biggest problem for me is the constant upgrades. I get comfortable with my stuff and then someone decides they have a better idea and they go and change it. Arrgghhh!