Shopping – Men vs Women

by on September 29th, 2015

I had to go buy some clothes today for myself. My wife decided to come along and that is where the trip went from a short one to an hours long marathon. When I man goes shopping for clothes, it is relatively simple. There are two kinds of men. Those who wear suits to work and those who do not. Either way it still is the same principle of shopping for us. We know what size we wear and we go to the store and buy exactly what we need. Pants, shirts, socks and underwear are the basics. The only deviation from that is if we need a suit.

Women on the other hand, have to try on fifty different outfits, along with the accessories and shoes for each one. The buying of a bra can take an hour and a half all by itself. Styles, colors, matching underpants etc… It is enough to drive a sane man completely crazy. Which is why I usually make sure she shops with friends or other female family members rather than me. In and out in thirty minutes or less is my motto and I stick to it.

Women and men should never shop for clothes together, especially when the woman always asks for my opinion and buys the exact opposite of the one I like. What was the point of asking me, if you are only going to get the other one? Note to self. Do NOT tell her when I am going to go buy myself clothes. I am going to the hardware or auto store from now on whenever she asks !

My Battery Backup Saved My PC

by on May 16th, 2014

We have a lot of trouble in this area with electricity outages and spikes. Many times it is related to storms, especially the ones with a lot of lightning. But sometimes there is not sign of any storm activity and the power just goes out. It’s not so bad when it goes out all at once and stays off for 5-10 minutes. But the ones that make the lights flicker and it comes and it goes – those worry me.

Household electronics can’t take a lot of spikes and surges, especially computers. That is why I bought surge protectors and battery backups for all my electronics, not only the PC but also the flat screen TVs and the security system.

 

We had an issue with the lights flickering for about 20 minutes the other day. No signs of any storms – no reason to expect the surges. When it was over, I checked my electronics and found that the surge protectors had all tripped, and one of the battery backups was dead. Unfortunately, the battery backup went out on one of the first flickers, leaving my security system unprotected and it ended up frying the security computer and monitor. I was pretty pissed off about that.

On the other hand, the surge protector for my PC did trip but the battery backup remained working, so it saved my PC.

All that flickering meant that I ended up going to Best Buy to replace all the surge protectors. Once they trip, they can’t be trusted to work anymore – as surge protectors. They still work like an extension cord, but that doesn’t protect your electronics from the surges and spike. I went ahead and bought 6 replacements and then negotiated a price reduction with the sales manager by buying 6 spares. I figured I would need them eventually, so I might as well get them now and save a few bucks while I’m at it.

 

Kicked ATT to the Curb and Went With T-Mobile

by on January 6th, 2014

Finally decided that paying AT&T an extra $120 a month for our cell phones was just not worth it. I got the same service from T-Mobile, we all got new phones, and we’re saving $120 a month over what I’ve been paying AT&T.

The T-Mobile people made it easy so switch. The only thing that worried me was moving the contact list from my old phone to the new one. They took care of that for me right in the store. They gave me a temporary number for the night, and by the time I woke up, the service had been changed over to the new phone and the new T-Mobile towers and it was all good.

New PlayStation Games are Rocking!

by on November 4th, 2013

This is probably the most exciting time ever for people who love to play PlayStation games. With the new PlayStation 4 coming out in a couple of weeks and a bunch of new games, guys everywhere are planning on dropping $500-$600 for their gaming entertainment. I know that I will be spending at least that, and I’ve already bought the new Battlefield game. The new Call of Duty comes out tomorrow. And then the new PS4. This month my bank account is going to take a heavy hit, but fuck it – I work my ass off and I deserve to have some fun at night.

The new Battlefield game is probably the most realistic first person shooter game ever developed. This games really rocks! The attention to detail is just fucking impressive. I think the new sighting and leading the shot on targets is fantastic. This game feels like a real battlefield and it is challenging as hell to survive when you play online against some of these other teams. Of course, I don’t know any of these other players personally, but I have to wonder how some of them are so good at this game. It makes me think there are some pro’s out there playing for practice. They can’t all be pimply faced teenaged boys with no life outside of their own bedrooms.

 

Rodents Predict the Weather Better than TV Guys

by on February 2nd, 2013

Groundhog Day, when rodents prove they can predict the weather better than any of those TV guys. If you look at a calendar, we are 6 weeks out from the first day of Spring. Whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, in 6 weeks it WILL be Spring.

And whatever weather happens in Pennsylvania has absolutely nothing to do with the weather that is happening in Nashville or any states other than PA, NJ, Delaware, NY, CT and MD.

Well played, groundhog. Well played.